The problem with using the Old Testament stories as morality tales is that even the best of the patriarchs, judges, and kings had serious character flaws. The most obvious example is King David, who, despite his outstanding faith amongst the kings, nevertheless committed rape and murder. If anything these stories show us the pervasiveness of sin, how it gets even the best of us, and consequently, why we need a saviour. If we’re looking for guidance on how to live, we should be starting with the Saviour, who the prophets themselves eagerly awaited.

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