A Perfect Example of a Perfect Example

December 17, 2019


When it comes to the people we read about in the Bible, we all have favorites. In the Brit Chadasha (New Testament), my favorite is Peter because while he was mightily used by G-D, he was also a person that the Scriptures transparently show his humanity and personal weaknesses. Paul says in Romans 7:19,


19 For the good that I want, I do not do; but the evil that I do not want this I practice.


We really don’t read examples of Paul’s failures and errors. However, when it comes to Peter, we are exposed to his victories and his failures. So, when I read about Peter, it helps me to have confidence that G-D can use me even though there are many times when, like Peter, I struggle with my humanity. 


In the Tanakh (Old Testament), my favorite is Jacob for the same reason that I love Peter. Jacob is a person that the Scriptures call upright, as in Genesis 25:27, 


27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a man knowledgeable in hunting, an outdoorsman, while Jacob was a mild man, remaining in tents.


In verse 27, the wo