So Michal let David down through a window; he fled away and escaped. Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed; she put a net of goats hair on its head, and covered it with the clothes. I Samuel 19: 12 NRSV
Jacob and Issac.
Rebeccah And Laban.
Joseph and his brothers.
Rahab and the people of Jericho.
Joshua and the Gibeonites.
Deception, trickery, cleverness: no matter what you call it, you can find it in the Old Testament.
Yet, these acts of deception end up being for the good.
Jacob gets the blessing. Rebeccah gets wealth for her family. Joseph helps his brothers repent. Rahab helps the spies. Joshua...well, I can't think why that one time was a good deception! But lives were spared.
Now Micah, David's wife, saves his life.
How can you use your own cleverness in solving your daily problems? And if you do, would God approve?
God, do you really want us to use deception? It is hard to follow your commandments when so many of the people in the bible seem to do what we don't see as right. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims