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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5047 opportunities, in life
5047 opportunities, in life

5047 opportunities, in life

Scripture views life as divinely ordained to include occasions when certain forms of behaviour are appropriate.

The need to discern opportune moments

Ecc 3:1

Every possible opportunity should be taken to do good

Gal 6:10 See also Lk 10:33; Jn 9:4; Eph 5:16; Col 4:5; 2Ti 4:2

Examples of individuals who seized opportunities to serve God

Rahab saved the spies and her household: Jos 2:8-14; Jos 6:23
2Ki 5:1-3 Naaman’s wife’s maid helped Naaman by telling her mistress about Elisha; Ne 2:2-5 Nehemiah gained permission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Esther saved the Jews from Haman’s plot: Est 4:14; Est 7:3-6
Da 2:14-16 Daniel offered to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream; Ac 18:24-26 Priscilla and Aquila taught Apollos.

Some opportunities should be rejected

1Sa 24:3-4,10; 1Sa 26:6-11

Opportunities to do evil may have appalling consequences

Ge 4:8 Cain made an opportunity to murder Abel; Ge 25:29-31 Jacob took the opportunity to “buy” Esau’s birthright. Joseph’s brothers seized the opportunity to capture and sell him: Ge 37:18-20,27
Da 6:4-5 Daniel’s enemies sought and found an opportunity to lay a charge against him. Judas sought an opportunity to betray Jesus Christ: Mt 26:16 pp Mk 14:11 pp Lk 22:6

Giving others an opportunity to do wrong must be avoided

1Ti 5:14

See also

5861favour, human
8493watchfulness, believers

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