Like Noah, Jesus was a preacher of righteousness (1 Pet. 3:20). Like Joseph, He was patient under trial (1 Pet. 2:21-24). Like Caleb, He was older than everyone else (Isaiah 9:6-7). Like Ehud, He was the only one who could slay the enemy (Heb. 2:14-15). Like Deborah, He empowered others (Mark 3:13-19). Like Ruth, He dwelled in a foreign land (Phil. 2:5-8). Like David, He was the… [Read More]
Haunted by his past, Paul had a difficult time joining the church in Jerusalem, but Barnabas vouched for him and encouraged him to become a powerful servant of the Lord (cf. Phil. 3:13-14; 1 Tim. 1:12-17).
The woman Jesus met at the well had two strikes against her according to society’s rules: 1) she was a Samaritan; 2) she was a woman. Jesus, however, spent time with her, revealing the truth that he was the Messiah. Excited, this outsider ran to tell her whole village that she had found the Christ.
The Jews despised tax collectors because they collected taxes for Rome and often resorted to unethical practices. But the Great Physician called Matthew to a new life as an apostle.
An old man, Daniel was the only worshiper of the true God among the officials in Babylon. Even though it could have cost him his life, Daniel continued to pray to God.
Four lepers stumbled upon a mysteriously empty Syrian camp on the eve of what everyone thought would be Israel’s defeat. Not wanting to keep it to themselves, they ran to Jerusalem to share the good news (cf. Lev. 13:45-46; Rom. 10:14-17).
Samuel almost overlooked David when he went to the house of Jesse to anoint the next king of Israel. God explained that he does not judge according to appearances, but according to the heart (cf. 1 Tim. 4:12).
After her husband’s death, Ruth, a Moabite, left her home for Israel with her mother-in-law Naomi. Although she was probably the only Gentile in her village, the Lord blessed her with a new home among his people.
Deborah was the only female judge to have led Israel. She was also the only judge that worked with a partner. She distinguished herself as a person who worked well with others, not caring who got the credit as long as God received glory.
Ehud’s left-handedness made him unusual, but God used this unique trait in Ehud to slay Eglon and lead Israel to deliverance from the Moabites.