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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Craigbythesea, Mar 17, 2006.
Who are some of your favorite characters in the Bible and what have you learned from them?
I know it's normal, but Paul and David.
Paul - He was the chief of all sinners and God still used him to do great things.
David - His life is one that can be learned from both great and bad.
I would say another fav. would be Doubting Thomas because he was another man that had a very human quality about him. I enojoy seeing men that I can relate to on a daily basis still try their best to serve God. I beleive all these men did this at major points in their lives.
Job--standing in the midst of a storm
Jeremiah--I realized I was not the first to make excuses when faced with the calling of God
Peter... Now there's a man I can identify with... always getting my foot in my mouth..
Joseph - From sin: Turn and RUN the other way!!
and - The innocent sometimes get punished, but God ALWAYS uses it for good in some way
I REALLY, REALLY like the following people and have so with great enthusiam for years.
These are my favorites.
The Centurian soldier - Jesus, Himself, was astonished at the man's faith.</font>
Rahab - Her "backbone" should be immulated by us all and her faith was phenomenal. Her entire city, Jericho, tried to hide from God. She alone faced the truth of who He was, acknowledged that He was the only God and she humbled her life before him.</font>
Hannah--a comforting story for those unable to have children
Job, God knows the reason why, even if I don't, and I don't have to to continue to obey, have faith in Him, no matter what.
Paul, boldly speak the truth, stand for God's word, even when theres a cost.
Abraham and Jacob, we may mess up, sometimes royally, but we are still usable by God.
Favorite Characters in the Bible? Let's see... where shall I start?
WELL, JESUS IS THE MAN,
JESUS IS THE MAN
WELL, HE MADE THE DESERT SAND, MAN
HE CAUSED THE BLIND TO SEE AGAIN
HE GAVE ME JOY DEEP WITHIN
HE FREED MY SOUL FROM SIN
WELL, HE TALKED WITH THE PEOPLE LONG AGO
HE CAUSED THEIR FACES TO HAVE A GLOW
HE HELPED THEM UP WHEN THEY WERE LOW
HE MADE ME HAPPY AND THIS I KNOW
I BELIEVE THE BIBLE AND IT’S SO
I’LL TAKE IT WITH ME WHEREVER I GO
WHEN HE MADE THE EARTH HE STRETCHED A LINE
HE TURNED THE WATER INTO WINE
HE GAVE THE SIGHT BACK TO THE BLIND
SO THEY COULD SEE ALL THE TIME
WELL, HE IS YOURS AND HE IS MINE
HE’LL BE WITH ME TIL THE END OF TIME
WELL, HE MADE ME GLAD WHEN I WAS SAD
HE LOVED ME THEN WHEN I WAS BAD
HE LOVED ME BEFORE I BECAME A LAD
HE LOVED GRANDPA AND HE LOVED MY DAD
HE’S THE BEST FRIEND THAT I EVER HAD
HE DWELT IN THE LAND WITH A MAN CALLED GAD
WELL, HE TALKED WITH THE LITTLE GIRLS AND BOYS
HE FILLED THEIR HEARTS WITH LOTS OF JOY
HE SHOWED THEM THE WAY TO A BRIGHTER DAY
HE TOLD THEM HOW AND WHAT TO SAY
HE HAD COMPASSION ALONG THE WAY
TO THE BROKEN-HEARTED, THE OLD AND GRAY
WELL, HE MADE THE NIGHT AND HE MADE THE DAY
HE TOLD THE PROPHETS WHAT TO SAY
HERE’RE SOME PEOPLE THAT HE SENT
HE WAS WITH THEM WHEREVER THEY WENT
HE BROUGHT THEM UP OUT OF EGYPT’S LAND
THROUGH THE RIVER AND O’ER THE BURNING SAND
(more of my favorites)
THERE WAS NOAH, ABRAM, ISAAC, JACOB
ESAU, SIMEON, JUDAH, EPHRAIM
ADAM AND EVE, THEY WERE THE FIRST
THEY COMMITTED A SIN AND GOT THE CURSE
CAIN AND ABEL, THEY PROVED UNSTABLE
HE LOST HIS LIFE THERE IN THE DUST
THERE WAS ENOCH, ELIJAH, ELISHA, BALAAM
JONAH, JOB, JOSHUA, JUDE
MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN
MARY, MARY, SHE’S THE ONE
SHE GAVE BIRTH TO GOD’S OWN SON
AND HE WAS PLEASED WHEN THE JOB WAS DONE
THERE’S HEZEKIAH, NEHEMIAH, LEVI, ZEBEDIAH
NAHUM, OBIDIAH, ASSUR, JEREMIAH
SIMON PETER, JOHN THE BAPTIST
SAUL, PAUL, AND THAT AIN’T ALL
OF ALL THESE MEN UNDER THE SUN
METHUSELAH WAS THE OLDEST ONE
THERE’S SHADRACH, MESCHACH, AND ABEDNEGO
MOSES, REUBEN, AND OLD PHARAOH
HAM, SAMSON, A MIGHTY MAN
HE DIED FROM THE CRASH OF HIS OWN HAND
ZACCAEUS, SMALLEST IN THE LAND
NIMROD, HEROD WAS A WICKED MAN
THERE’S DANIEL, DAVID, JOSEPH AND AMOS
ARE A FEW OF THE MEN THAT’S FAMOUS
SIMON, PETER, JAMES AND JOHN
THESE GREAT MEN WERE FISHERMEN
OLD BELSHAZZAR WAS A MIGHTY MAN
SARAH WAS THE MOTHER OF ALL THIS LAND
THERE’S ZECHARIAH, STEPHEN, HE GAVE HIS LIFE
LITTLE BOY DAVID KILLED GOLIATH
SOLOMON HAD A WISDOM HAND
LEGION WAS DEVILS UNDER THE SKIN
THEY WERE CAST OUT AND THEY WENT INTO THE SWINE
AND ALL THOSE PIGS LOST THEIR MIND
THERE’S MARY, MARTHA, RACHEL, RUTH
ESTHER, REBEKKAH, JEZEBEL TOO
DELILAH CUT SAMSON’S HAIR
AND AT THAT TIME HE LOST HIS POWER
AARON, JUDAH, JEHOSHAPHAT
TIMOTHY, LOT AND THE ISRAELITES
WELL, SAMUEL WAS A LAD, HE TALKED WITH THE LORD
HE USED THE TORAH AS HIS SWORD
ELI, ANANIAS, SAPPHIRA, POTIPHAR
LUCIFER, SATAN, THE DEVIL’S A LIAR
HOSEA, GIDEON, TIMOTHY
THE LORD’S VOICE CAME THROUGH AN OLD DONKEY
WELL, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AN UNNUMBERED THRONG
AS YOU’VE NOTICED THIS THREAD'S GETTING PRETTY LONG
THERE’S ONE THING ABOUT IT AND THAT’S FOR SURE
YOU’LL HAVE A LITTLE UNDERSTANDING IF YOU READ A LOT MORE
GOD PUT THE EARTH IN THE EMPTY SPACE
AND HE SET THE NORTH THERE IN ITS PLACE
HE MADE THE EAST AND HE MADE THE WEST
HE GAVE MANKIND HIS VERY BEST
THERE’S ONLY ONE WHO STOOD THE TEST
AND HE GAVE ME MY HAPPINESS
WELL, HERE’RE SOME NAMES OF OUR LORD,
THEY’RE CLEARLY WRITTEN IN GOD’S WORD
CHRIST, COUNSELOR, PRINCE OF PEACE
HIS GREAT LOVE WILL NEVER CEASE
HE’S EMMANUEL, SAVIOR, THE GREAT I AM
HE’S ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END
Nathan who had the courage to tell David "You are the man."
Lot, David, "her that had been the wife of Uriah", Aquilla and Priscilla, with Apollos, and Boaz.
Lot- Maybe I don't have the best perspective on who is godly, and who is not. And single-handedly, he manages to destroy about every theological system going.
David- Maybe God sees them a bit different than I do.
"her that had been the wife of Uriah"- God can even use no-name types to do great things, for this purposes.
Aquilla and Priscilla with Apollos- You can learn something from anyone. Dr. Apollos learned more from two ordinary laborers than he did from Dr. Saul Paul.
Boaz- "Hey!! Look what I found!
her that had been the wife of Uriah was not a no-name as you surmise. Her name was Bathsheba.
2 Samuel 11:3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
2 Samuel 11:26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
2 Samuel 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
I like Jonathan's armour bearer for his courage
IMO David is the "perfect example of a Christian". It may seem funny that an Old Testament character is a prime example for our Christian life. but let's look at his life...he failed, succeeded, followed God's leading, sometimes got in the way of GOd's leading, and still all the while was considered a "Man After God's Own Heart". This is my hope and prayer that I'll be considered a man after God's heart inspite of all my struggles and victories.
I know the Apostles are examples of leading a New Testament Christian Life but for me I seem to relate better with David...because I want to follow God and strive to follow GOd, but sometimes I find I've gotten in the way and ruined everything but God is so longsuffering and he still forgives me and uses me!!
Besides Jesus, Peter and David, for finding their way back to God after sin in their life.
Paul, for his miraculous Transformation.
Job, for his trials by fire.
Moses, for leadership and being humble.
Joseph (both OT and NT ones
The Shunamite woman
Daniel, and the other 3 whose names I don't know how to spell correctly-(Shadrach, Meshach, Abednigo)
Mary--I always wonder what kind of an incredible young woman she must have been to have been hand-picked by God to be the mother of the Messiah!
Ruth--she seemed to have the perfect balance of being strong, tough and feminine.