People Who Made or Caused Others to Sin

July 7, 2011

Interestingly, unless I missed something in my research, every explicit statement in Scripture about those who made or caused others to sin concerns either a king of Israel or a king of Judah.

Four kings of Israel are said to have made or caused Israel to sin: Jereboam (1 Kings 14:16; 15:26, 30, 34; 16:19, 26; 22:52; 2 Kings 3:3; 10:29, 31; 13:2, 6, 11; 14:24; 15:9, 18, 24, 28; 17:21; 23:15); Baasha (1Kings 16:2, 13); Elah (1 Kings 16:13); and Ahab (1 Kings 21:22).

Manasseh is the only king of Judah whom Scripture explicitly says made Judah to sin (2 Kings 21:11, 16).

Besides the kings who made people to sin, Scripture records that outlandish women caused Solomon to sin (Neh. 13:26).

Undoubtedly, many other people in human history have made or caused others to sin in a manner similar to the people mentioned above. Scripture, however, speaks explicitly only of these people as making or causing other people to sin. I wonder why we do not have many more statements that are explicit in Scripture about those who made or caused others to sin.



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