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Like Passions As We
pp. 119, 120
One of the evidences for the "inspiration" of Scripture is surely seen in that the Bible
does not whitewash its heroes, nor present them in a light untrue to the realities of life as
we know it. The men and women who are presented to us as examples of the life of faith
are not superhuman beings exempted from the stresses, strains and failures of which we
ordinary mortals know so much, but were (as Elijah) "subject to like passions" (Greek
homoiopathees, from homoios like and pathos being affected, suffer).
Abraham, set forth for our consideration in the gallery of faith, was by no means
without blame in the light of his earthly life revealed in more detail in the O.T. For all
the fact that he went out, not knowing whither he went . . . . . sojourned in the land of
promise as in a strange country . . . . . offered up Isaac with the conviction that God
would raise him from the dead (Heb. 11: 8-10, 17-19), he nevertheless was a man who on
two occasions falsely represented the relationship he had with Sarah, thereby placing her
in danger of corruption (Gen. 12: 11-20; 20: 2-18).
Moses was disobedient before the rock in Horeb, when he struck it twice and thereby
forfeited the position of leading Israel into Canaan (Numb. 20: 8, 11, 12), and he another
example of Heb. 11: So likewise David, who descended to the very depths of sin when
he committed both adultery and murder in the affair with Bathsheba and Uriah
(IISam.11:) and yet for all that he was nevertheless, a man after God's own heart to the
One Who knows what is in man.
In the N.T., the leader and spokesman of the Twelve Apostles, Peter, a man who
was eventually to lay down his life for Christ (John 21: 18, 19), denied His Lord thrice
(John 18: 17, 25, 27) and was later (even after the Resurrection and Pentecost) "to be
blamed" in the matter of his actions at Antioch (Gal. 2: 11, 12).
Paul and Barnabas were in sharp contention over the ministry of John Mark, so much
so that they "departed asunder one from the other" (Acts 15: 36-39). The same apostle
Paul made no claim to being any different from other men in this respect, recognizing
himself as being subject to the same pressures common to all:
". . . We also are men of like passions (homoiopathees) with you . . ." (Acts 14: 15).
"Temptation . . . . . such as is common to man" (I Cor. 10: 13).
"The sin which doth so easily beset us" (Heb. 12: 1).
In the light of these things, we may perhaps draw a measure of comfort from the fact
that God does not await our perfection before He can use us; "He knoweth our frame;
He remembereth that we are dust" (Psa. 103: 14). He could well do all His work without