Thug:“A tough and violent person, especially a criminal.” – World English Dictionary
10. Samuel: This OT prophet wasn’t a criminal, but he was no joke when it came to the word of God. After Saul returned with the spoils of war in violation of God’s commandment, Samuel killed the Nephilim prisoner Agag, told Saul his kingdom was finished, and appointed David in his place. 1 Samuel 15 & 16
9. Cain: This position goes to the first human murderer mentioned in the Bible. Cain killed his brother Abel because he was jealous over his sacrifice being rejected while his brother’s sacrifice was accepted. Although people demonize Cain, he becomes the very first recipient of God’s grace and mercy. After being banished, he declares that his punishment is too much to bear. As a result, God places a mark of protection on Cain and promises to take sevenfold vengeance on anyone that touches Cain. Genesis 4
8. Peter: Many people would be on their best behavior in the presence of Christ, but this wasn’t always the case with Peter. When the guards showed up to arrest Jesus, Peter relieves one of the officers of an ear. Peter’s act of violently resisting arrest lands him in the number eight spot. John 18
7. Moses: The movie, Prince of Egypt, shows Moses accidentally murdering an Egyptian to protect a Hebrew. However, the Bible paints a much different picture. Moses waited until the guard was alone before killing him. He then hid the Egyptian in the sand, thinking there were no witnesses. Once one of the Hebrews told Moses that they saw him, Moses flees Egypt and becomes a fugitive. Premeditated murder puts Moses in the number seven spot. Exodus 2
6. Jael: The only woman to make the list comes in at number six. After Sisera evades capture by Barak, Jael steps to the forefront and accomplishes what a man could not. She invites Sisera into here tent to rest. While he was sleeping, she took a hammer and a tent spike and drove it through his temples into the ground. When Barak arrives she informs him that she has already taken care of the problem. Judges 4
5. Samson: This Judge of Israel was one of the most physically powerful men to ever live. After spilling his secret to Delilah, his hair was cut and his power was taken by God. As a result, he was imprisoned, mocked, and his eyes were put out. After one last prayer, God returned his strength, allowing Samson to kill all of his captors and himself along with them, but collapsing the temple pillars. Judges 16
4. Nebuchadnezzar: This pagan king is best known for tossing the three Hebrew boys in the fire for not worshipping his statue. Even though this barbaric king is known for tossing God’s people into the fire, a lesser known fact is that a portion of scripture is written by him. Daniel 4 starts off with Nebuchadnezzar’s introduction and ends with the following statement, “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all shows works are truth, and His ways judgment and those that walk in pride, He is able to abase.” Daniel 3
3. Jacob: He was an opportunist, but it wasn’t his wrong doing of his brother that lands him at number three. When Jacob is left alone in the field one night, a man, who we later find out is God, meets him in the field. While we don’t know exactly how this fight started, we do know that Jacob had no plans on letting it end. Jacob fights with God all night until He agrees to change his name and destiny. As a result of his fight with God, he is left with a permanent limp. Genesis 32
2. Levi and Simeon: We have two people that make the number two spot. After their sister Dinah is raped by the king, these two sons of Jacob deceive the men of Shechem into being circumcised, under the false premise that they were going to give them wives. Once the men are sore from circumcision, they go into the city, kill all of the males, and take the women, children, and animals captive. Genesis 34
1. David: David was known for killing everyone that opposed God. They even wrote songs about him: “And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?” – 1 Samuel 21:11
It is David’s lust for Bathsheba that lands him in the number one spot. After giving into his lust (adultery) and getting another man’s wife pregnant, he calls Bathsheba’s husband home from war in order to trick him into sleeping with his wife so no one would know the child was David’s. After the husband refuses to sleep with his wife, David sends him to the front lines so he will die. Upon receiving news of the husband’s death, David marries Bathsheba and has the child we know as Solomon. 2 Samuel 11 & 12
Attention: All of these men and women were used by God regardless of their faults. They were all recipients of His grace and mercy, which shows that not even murder and adultery can stop God from using whoever He wants. If you know someone that might benefit from the above message please feel free to pass it on or share it on Facebook.
The above list was adapted from my book Religion and Relationship.
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