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.
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
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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