- FAILED? GOD'S GREATEST SERVANTS DRANK WATER!
- by Dr. Ken Matto
- Many times the Christian fails in some endeavor and tends to condemn
themselves. We have a habit of comparing ourselves with the people in the Bible, such as
Noah, Moses et al. We believe because we cannot do the great exploits they did, that we
are of less value than they and that we do not have a significant role in Gods plan
for our present age.
- WAIT! Hold it a minute! You have been cheating yourself because you
only compared yourself to their good works and not their human side. There are two places
where all Christians are equal: First, at the foot of the cross; and the other is in human
frailty. Satan loves to make us feel inferior and sadly he has great success in doing it.
So for this article I want to focus in on the frailty of some of Gods servants to
show us how equal we really are to those in the Bible, except the Lord Jesus who never
- We carry a belief that their relationship to God must have been more
intimate then ours and they were super saints. This is false because we have the same
relationship to God today as the Bible characters did in time past. The difference is the
OT folks looked forward to the cross and we look back. Another reason I wish to focus on
their failures is that if you take a step of faith and fail, your relationship with God is
unaffected. It was either out of Godís
will or out of His timing.
- Whether we have times of success or times of failure, our
relationship to God through Christ is solid and sealed.
- (Eph 4:30 KJV) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are
sealed unto the day of redemption.
- Notice this verse says we are sealed! The word "sealed"
means "to make fast with seal or signet, or to seal for security." The signet
God sealed us with is Calvary. This means no matter how many times we fail, we are secured
in Christ until the day of our redemption, which would be either our death or the return
of Christ. Of the Bible saints I mention, which one was left out of Heaven because of
their failures? None!
- Peter was one of Christs most zealous servants. He was going
to take the world by storm for Christ. He boasted even if all the disciples would abandon
Jesus, he surely would not. Peter answered even if no one asked him a question. (Matt.
19:27; Mark 9:5) Finally, we are familiar with the fact that Peter denied Christ at the
time of His betrayal. (Matt. 27:69-75) Peter was guilty of denial.
- Thomas is widely known as "doubting Thomas" and this is an
erroneous moniker. Why dont we ever say "doubting Gideon" since he put the
fleece out for God to show him by sight that he was the chosen one to lead Israel. He did
not believe the angel. Thomas would not believe unless he physically saw the Lords
nail prints and spear wound. We have not heard many sermons on the boldness of Thomas. In
John 11:16, Thomas was willing to go back to Jerusalem with Christ, even though it would
have meant his death. (John 11:16 KJV) Then
said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also
go, that we may die with him. Thomas was guilty of unbelief. (John 20:25)
- We all know Noah built the ark on Gods command, even though no
rain was in sight and not due for a century. Noah obeyed resulting in the physical
salvation of the human race and the animals. Noahs journey was over, the flood
subsided, and they were once again on dry land, so Noah became a farmer. One day Noah
became so drunk he passed out in his tent. (Gen. 9:20-29)
- Noah was guilty of drunkenness.
- Moses was probably the most stressed of all Gods servants
having to lead about two million complaining Israelites through the desert for forty
years. In Exodus 17:6, God commanded Moses to strike the rock, and when he did, fresh
water gushed forth. The same scenario exists in Numbers 20:8-13. We see that God commanded
Moses to just speak to the rock, but Moses, no doubt in anger and disgust, struck the rock
twice with His staff in disobedience.
- The symbolism here is that Christ is the rock and only once was He to be
smitten as His sacrifice was the one to end all sacrifices. By Moses
striking the rock again, it symbolized Christ being crucified a second time
for our sins. We now speak with Christ, as Moses was supposed to speak to
the rock instead of smiting it. This is a good lesson in not letting our
feelings dominate our decisions. One other thing, before Moses became saved
he killed an Egyptian. (Exo 2:12 KJV)
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was
no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
Moses was guilty of disobedience and murder.
- Elijah had just experienced a great victory on Mt. Carmel, as a
single representative of God. He had a part in the destruction of 450 prophets of Baal.
Israel knew that God was the God of Israel, not Baal. When Queen Jezebel heard what Elijah
did, she threatened him with death in twenty four hours. Elijah ran for his life in fear
of her and begged God to take his life. (1 Kings 19:3-4) Elijah was guilty of fear and
- Abraham is known as the father of the faithful, as so plainly
displayed in his willingness to sacrifice Isaac unto the Lord. We also see his
faithfulness in leaving Ur of the Chaldees without a known destination. In Genesis 20 we
see the story of Abraham denying the fact that Sarah was his wife because he feared
Abimelech would have killed him so he could take Sarah to be his wife. Here we see the
father of the faithful exhibiting great faithlessness along with dependence on human
reasoning to get him out of that situation. Here we see Abraham is guilty of lying.
- David is known in Scripture as "a man after Gods own
heart." David did many things which pleased God. When he slew Goliath, he was the
only one who saw Israels army as the army of the living God. The rest were thinking
on a physical plane. David showed great insight into spiritual matters. When David became
king, he may have become prideful and believed he could do things without facing
consequences for his actions. David saw Bathsheba and lusted after her. Bathsheba became
pregnant so David tried to have her husband, Uriah, sleep with her so David's sin would be
covered. It backfired so David had Uriah murdered. David was guilty of lust, murder, and
- These seven illustrations should serve to show us that Gods
choicest servants sinned. Although they were chastised for their sins, they never lost
their intimate standing before God. They enjoyed the same relationship to God the
Christian does today. Lets review the list of sins again done by Gods frail
servants: denial, unbelief, drunkenness, disobedience, fear, faithlessness, lying, lust,
adultery, and murder.
- What a list of sins yet they were all atoned for by the blood of
Christ. God could boast about these servants because He justified them.
(Rom 8:33 KJV) Who shall lay any thing to the
charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. We
have a list of sins which were both intentional and unintentional, yet God still
accomplished His intended goals despite their sinful natures getting in the way. It is the
same with us, God knows we have sinful natures which will set us back in our Christian
walk if we choose to obey them, but the bottom line is God will not forsake us, even in
the midst of disobedience. (Read Nehemiah 9.) One must read Romans 8:38-39 and Hebrews
13:5 to realize this beautiful fact. So next time you compare lifestyles compare the wood,
hay, and stubble in addition to the gold, silver and precious stones for balance. Better
yet, compare yourself to Jesus, and use His life as your standard, not fallible men.
- (Neh 9:17 KJV) And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy
wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion
appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon,
gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.