If God’s perfect Son had remained distant and not drawn near to us, there would be no means of forgiveness for our sins. The story of the thieves gives us hope by demonstrating their experience of God’s love and mercy.
The story of Moses’ extraordinary life and death offers an opportunity to see God’s hand throughout his life in incredible ways, but it also offers us hope in something far greater than this unique servant of God.
A few sound words of commitment to God do not prove a heart commitment to God. Balaam’s life and actions demonstrate that if we set our heart on sinful pursuits, we cannot avoid enticing others to sin.