The Bible has some great stories -- so good that Hollywood has raided some of them for the plots of movies! (See: "The Ten Commandments," "Jesus of Nazareth," and more). At the center of every great Biblical story is a mighty hero for the Lord, or a rogue who listened to the devil perched on their shoulder.
It's also worth noting that God -- especially in the Old Testament -- seems to have a soft spot for unlikely heroes, even antiheroes. There's more than one rogue in the scriptures who struggles with a taste for the ladies, or a quick temper, or a streak of skepticism about God's ability to actually carry out His plans. Time and again, the Lord patiently brings these imperfect sinners back to the task at hand. Moses thought he almost certainly wasn't the right man to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Jonah disliked the pagans of Nineveh so much that he literally ran away from God's command to preach to them. He found out the hard way you can't hide from God!
You probably know who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. But the Bible's lesser-known characters are intriguing as well. Who refused to dance for a heathen king -- thus giving a faithful Israelite woman a chance to ascend to queenhood? Who sold his birthright for lentil stew? And who brought down an entire temple on himself and a large number of Philistines? (Hint: He was renowned for his great strength, which, in turn, was based on his never cutting his long locks).
Can you separate the sheep from the wolves -- and identify what exactly they did to make religious history? Try your luck now!
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