Special Sub-Topic: Will the Guilty Please Come Forward?
|Here's a famous case for you. A man named Abel was murdered by a close family member and buried in a field. There were several possible motives for murder, but it appears sibling rivalry and jealousy were the main contributing factors. Who murdered Abel? |
His older brother Cain. This is the very first recorded murder in the Bible. Cain and Abel both offered sacrifices, but only Abel's was accepted. Cain became angry over the whole thing and killed his brother while they were together in the field. God gave judgment on the case in Genesis 4:10-15. (More info on the events leading up to the murder can be found in the earlier parts of Genesis chapter 4.)
|Abraham's nephew Lot decided to move into a city with a rather notable crime rate. You might say the city wore off on him a little. Who decided to allow Lot's daughters to be raped by the men of the city in order to prevent another supposedly worse crime? |
Lot himself. Thankfully, God didn't let him go through with his plan. The men of Sodom were blinded and unable to find the door of the house. The whole story is found in Genesis 19.
|Laban was a sneaky fellow who regularly cheated his son-in-law Jacob. However, his conniving ways came back on him, and someone stole his household idols. Which member of Laban's family stole the idols? |
Rachel, Laban's younger daughter. Rachel stole these idols. There has been much speculation as to why she did this, but obviously she was a little more like Laban than Laban himself thought. Laban thought Jacob had stolen them, but Rachel had them hidden in her tent. Laban never caught the thief, but he blessed both his daughters and their sons. (Genesis 31)
|In vengeance for a Canaanite prince raping their sister, two of Jacob's sons slaughtered all the men of a city and took their women captive. This action was not condoned by God or Jacob himself. Which of the following famous sons of Jacob took part in the "Shechem massacre?"|
Levi, father of the Levites. Simeon and Levi were involved in this massacre, and they were cursed for it in Genesis 49:5-7. The whole story is found in Genesis 34.
|How about a crime that never really happened? Joseph accused one of his brothers of stealing his silver cup in order to test the remaining ten of his brothers who had previously sold him into slavery. Who was innocent of having sold Joseph, but was "found guilty" of stealing the cup? |
Benjamin, Joseph's youngest brother. Joseph accused Benjamin of stealing his cup. Benjamin was Joseph's only full brother and had taken Joseph's place as their father's favorite. It appears that Joseph was trying to see if the older brothers intended to do to Benjamin what they had done to him. See Genesis 44 and 45 for the full story.
|While the Hebrews were enslaved in Egypt, two sons were born to a Levite and his wife. The younger son was supposed to be killed, but was saved by the Egyptian princess. When he was grown, he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave and in defense of the Hebrew killed the Egyptian. Who murdered the Egyptian but later became a famous leader of Israel? |
Moses, who led the Hebrews out of Egypt. Pharaoh found out about the murder, and Moses fled into the desert of Midian for forty years until God called him to go back into Egypt to bring out the children of Israel. See Exodus 2-4 for the complete story.
|During the time of Joshua, a man from the tribe of Judah stole items from Jericho after it was conquered. This man hid the items under his tent, but he was found out. Who stole "accursed" things from Jericho? |
Achan, a son of Judah through Zerah. Achan decided to take some of the stuff from Jericho for himself. Most likely he thought no one would know about it, but Joshua was told by God about the crime, and they cast lots to find the thief. The whole story is in Joshua chapter 7.
|During the time of the Judges, when the Philistines held control over Israel, the Philistines tried to capture an Israelite judge who was accused of burning fields and singlehandedly killing a thousand men. They thought they had him in Gaza, but he left during the night, taking the gate of the city with him. Who was this exceptionally strong judge of Israel? |
Samson, the son of Manoah. Samson gave away the secret of his strength to Delilah, who had been paid by the Philistine leaders to betray him. The Philistines finally did capture him with Delilah's help, but he killed three thousand more Philistines when he pulled down the pillars of the house while they praised their god for the victory. See Judges 14-17 for the whole story.
|How about a premeditated crime? The leaders of Israel made a foolish vow not to give wives to one of the tribes of Israel. Since they couldn't give wives to this tribe even after they repented, the men of the tribe were told to steal women. The leaders of Israel promised to make it right with the families of the victims after the crime took place. Which tribe stole wives for themselves?|
Benjamin. The whole story is found in Judges 21 and 22, and it is one of the more unusual and less known stories of the Bible. No wonder the book of Judges ends with a comment about every man doing that which was "right in his own eyes!"
|During the time that Eli was high priest, two of his sons were involved in criminal activity. They stole meat from the sacrifices and used force if necessary to further their stealing. Their father and all Israel knew what they were doing, but no one stopped them until God Himself finally dealt with the situation. Which one of the following dared steal in the tabernacle of God? |
Hophni. Hophni and his brother were also involved in immorality with women who came to worship at the tabernacle. Eli did go so far as to tell them that he heard "no good report" concerning them, but he allowed them to continue on as before. Both sons of Eli died in battle with the Philistines, and their father died shortly after when he heard news that the ark of the covenant had been taken. See I Samuel 2-4 for the whole story.
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