At first glance Lot might seem like a cool cat. He was the nephew of Abraham and God even spared him from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Surely if God spared him he must be a good person. Think again! While Lot might have some props from God he certainly was not perfect. In fact, Lot was pretty questionable. Actually that is too nice. Lot was a total jerk and here is why.
If you grew up in the church it is very likely that at some point in time you wanted to either be Samson or you wanted to marry one. Either way Samson was a pretty epic Bible character. He had huge rippling muscles (we assume), chicks swooned at the sight of him, and he was a one-man army! If he were offered a Panzer to go into battle with he would laugh and trade it in for a jaw bone and maybe a new suite!
For the second entry in the “Jerks of the Bible” series, we are going to get into double trouble. If you have read the book of Samuel you will recall the delinquent sons of Eli. The sons of Eli (Hophni and Phinehas) were basically the modern equivalent of the Lehman Brothers, except they didn’t file for bankruptcy and they were after your beef, not your money. If that analogy does not do anything for you then think of them like this….they were basically ancient versions of the Jersey Shore cast, and they were in charge of the temple offering!
If your like me (which means you should be on the top of many prayer lists) then you may also enjoy reading the OT, also known the first covenant. I know it might be long, and boring, and possibly a little strange, but here are 5 reasons that might change your mind about the OT being boring.
What are your thoughts? Is tithing a NT mandate? Is it necessary to give 10% to the church? Is it just an OT issue? Does the church really need our money? Before we get into the nitty gritty, here some videos about tithing that should make you laugh.