Saints & Scoundrels of the Bible: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Dastardly

Saints & Scoundrels of the Bible: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Dastardly

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Discover a new approach to Scripture with this imaginative way of looking at things that are right in front of us, all while delving deep into biblical truths.

There are many ways to learn about the Bible, even if it seems to be totally familiar to us. It is, in fact, full of so many little known, interesting stories like the ones that rivet today's

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Discover a new approach to Scripture with this imaginative way of looking at things that are right in front of us, all while delving deep into biblical truths.

There are many ways to learn about the Bible, even if it seems to be totally familiar to us. It is, in fact, full of so many little known, interesting stories like the ones that rivet today's audiences -- full of intrigue and surprising changes of character.

Broken up into individual sections, such as "Freaks and Geeks," "Dashers and Vixens," "Big Shots and Mug Shots," "Leaders and Laborers," and "Prophets and Losses," it can be read a bit at a time. Saints&Scoundrels of the Bible reveals many of the little-known facts about Scripture in an entertaining and informative manner, so the reader will be fascinated and constantly saying, "I didn't know that!"

With chapters such as "The Trickster Trailed," "The Perils of Paul," "Tempting Tamar," "A Greedy Grandmother," and "The Deadly Dance," readers will turn each page to find out what happens next in these captivating tales. This clever new way of reading Scripture puts a light-hearted twist on old stories, all while drawing the reader closer to God's truth. There is nothing old or boring in this creative approach to learning about the Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439128060
Publisher:
Howard Books
Publication date:
08/19/2008
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
3 MB

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Enoch Is Taken by God

Factoids: Enoch
• Date: Prediluvian era
• Occupation: Prophet, walker with God
• Family Ties: Father, Jared; son, Methuselah; great-greatgreat-great-great grandfather, Adam
• Mentioned in the Bible: Genesis 5:18-19, 21-24; 1 Chronicles 1:3; Luke 3:37; Hebrews 11:5; Jude 1:14

The long lists of names are somewhat yawn-inducing. "Adam became the father of Seth, and Seth became the father of Enosh" -- yawn -- "and Enosh became the father of..."

Keep reading this list of names in Genesis 5 and you find this eye-opening yawn stopper: "When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah. After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him" (Genesis 5:21-24 NLT).

Talk about an extreme exit! What in the world happened? And then, even though we want to know more, the list goes on: "Methuselah became the father of Lamech..."

Now, fast-forward to the New Testament book of Hebrews. The unknown writer of Hebrews saw Enoch as more than just a name on a list, for he wrote, "It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying -- 'he disappeared, because God took him.' For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God" (Hebrews 11:5). Following that explanation of Enoch's character is the Bible's well-known definition of faith: "It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him" (Hebrews 11:6).

In his 365 years on this planet, Enoch carved out a reputation as a person who pleased God. The secret? Walking in close fellowship with God. Enoch was literally a walking definition of faith.

The Genesis passage tells us that Enoch had sons and daughters. He was a family man -- presumably with some kind of occupation, a home, a wife and children, and probably grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. He lived a life not much different from his contemporaries (and not much different from ours in some respects); yet he did it all while walking in close fellowship with God. In fact, God enjoyed it so much that he simply took Enoch to heaven. Enoch didn't have to endure illness or death. Instead, God brought Enoch into his presence. (Only one other person had that privilege -- Elijah. You can read about him in "Extreme Exit -- Part 2," page 21.)

What does it take to have that kind of enduring fellowship with God? The clue seems to be in the word walking. Walking is a step-by-step process toward a destination. Each step matters. Each step moves us forward. Each step is intentional. Each step is a choice. If we want to have close fellowship with God, we must take each "step" in our lives -- each action, each choice, each decision, each thought -- with the constant desire to please God. Enoch did it for 365 years. What would it take for us to do it today, tomorrow, and for the rest of our lives?

Enoch's story is told in Genesis 5:21-24. © 2007 The Livingstone Corporation

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