Famous Bible Characters
The Bible has many famous Bible characters all throughout its pages, which makes for some exciting and interesting reading for all ages. Some of these characters will be recognized by adults who have been reading about them since childhood like Sampson and Delilah, David the shepherd boy, and Moses. Famous people of the Bible are used in Sunday school lessons because the lives of these individuals always teach a moral which is important in living life. The lives of Bible individuals will remain in the memory, just waiting for that opportunity to be taught to a son or a daughter at a moment when it is needed the most. Children love to hear these stories because they are exciting and full of movement and interesting characters.
Some famous people of the Bible can be found in places other than in the scriptures. These individuals are mentioned in the secular world as well when stories in the newspapers mention them, or when events happen that bring to mind events which happened during ancient times. Noah is a popular Biblical figure who is mentioned quite a bit in historical programs on public television stations, because scientists are curious about how a flood of Biblical proportions could so violently changing the topography of the Earth, and also when investigating sightings of the ark on Mount Ararat. The secular world also is known for making movies of famous people of the scriptures like a movie about the Ten Commandments, where Moses is the main interest in the film.
Some other famous people of the Bible are Ruth, whose husband died. Ruth lived with her husband's family, and cared for her husband's mother Naomi, because her husband too died. Eventually Ruth remarried a cousin by the name of Boaz. This is a great story of faithfulness and love. This story too has been made into a wonderful film a few decades ago. Boaz was called a kinsman-redeemer, and was a picture of Christ, redeeming for himself his bride. Ruth is in the lineage of Jesus Christ.
The Bible bookstores are chock-full of studies about famous Bible characters. All one needs to do is visit the store and purchase the story of one's choosing. Some great Old Testament people are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went" (Hebrews 11:8 KJV). Joseph who was sold into slavery had a many-colored coat made for him by his father. Joseph became great in Egypt and worked for many years in charge of Pharaoh's granaries. Then there are the prophets of Isaiah, Ezekiel and Samuel who were faithful to carry out God's wishes and preach to the people of sins committed and of the importance of turning to Him.
Solomon was a great King who was among those famous people of the Bible. Solomon was David's son and built the great temple, the ruins of which are still in Jerusalem. Jewish people today still pray at the one remaining wall left from the destruction of this temple. Solomon also wrote some books of the Bible such as Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon. Ecclesiastes is a book about life, pleasure, happiness, sorrow and concludes that serving God is the only way to live a good life.
Daniel is a great prophet mentioned in the Old Testament who prophesied of the future and even of the end of times. Many of Daniel's prophecies are mentioned in Revelation at the very end of the New Testament. The great king Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which Daniel was asked to interpret. Daniel did so, as the dream was prophetic and told about the future of Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom. Daniel was advanced in status in the kingdom due to the correct interpretation of the dream. Daniel was a most prominent of many famous Bible characters. Daniel is also famous because of the experience in the lion's den. When in the den of lions, not a hair on Daniel's head was harmed because God protected him. Daniel had great faith and demonstrated it by not bowing to idols as instructed by the ruler of the land. When the leader of the land saw the faith of Daniel in his God, the rule of that country relented of the punishment he had meted out to Daniel, and released him from the lions den.
Many other famous Bible characters can be found not only in the Old Testament, but in the New Testament as well. All of the disciples are famous, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, Stephen, Paul and of course Jesus the Christ who is the reason for the scriptures. Paul, who used to persecute the Christians, eventually became a Christian himself. Paul wrote more books in the New Testament than the other disciples mentioned. Matthew was a tax collector, John, Mark and James made their living as fishermen. Jesus called them "fishers of men". Stephen was eventually stoned to death for his faith in Jesus. Just before Stephen died, he saw the Lord in heaven. James wrote a very practical book about the correct way to treat other people, and how to live out a proper Christian life. It is a wonderful book to turn to when wisdom is needed.
One of the most prominent books of the New Testament is the Revelation of St. John. Obviously the famous Bible character John wrote this book, which is a prophetic book that prophesies what will happen at the end of time. John wrote this book while in prison on the island of Patmos. John wrote this book after God gave him dreams and visions showing him how all things would happen at the end of days. This is one of the most perplexing but exciting books in the entire Bible! Be prepared for some surprises.
Women Of The BibleWhile many religions relegate women of the Bible to a lesser status than men, Old and New Testament scriptures both give evidence of the female's crucial role in God's plan for the redemption of mankind. The practice of minimizing the female in Christian denominations may stem from a misinterpretation of Biblical doctrine. Many faiths denigrate women as weaker vessels, yet fail to realize that physical weakness does not prohibit the Spirit of God from using females to perform brave exploits and supernatural acts. "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy:" (Acts 2:17-18).
Stories of women in the Bible are testaments to the inherent wisdom and abiding faith so many have exemplified. Women of the Bible are not unlike those of this present modern day: some were unmarried teens mothers who found them selves facing public scorn due to a pregnancy out of wedlock. Others were barren wives whose infertility carried a social stigma. Then there were the prostitutes, shunned and ashamed, yet grateful for a loving Savior who could overlook sin to embrace them into the Kingdom of God. Lastly, there were devout females, praying saints, who looked for the coming of the Messiah, the One who would change the world and deliver souls from a lifetime of bondage and despair.
The stories of women in the Bible, scribed over 2,000 years ago, could well have been written today. But God looked beyond all of these women's shortcomings and situations to use several as willing vessels for His glory and for His namesake. God chose Mary, a virgin of fifteen years of age, to bear the Holy Seed, Christ Jesus. She was poorly educated, a young woman of low social status; and yet, highly favored and chosen of God. But if it had not been for Mary's humble and obedient spirit, the Christ child may have never been born. Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, was an aged woman full of sorrows and grief because of an inability to bear children. And yet, God chose Elizabeth to conceive strength to bear John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ the Lord. Moving stories of women in the Bible include the conversion of Mary Magdalene, quite possibly the town whore, who met Jesus and repented from a life of sin to a life of serving the Savior. Mary was one of three female disciples who came to the tomb the morning of Jesus' resurrection to anoint His body. But Mary was also the woman who wept at Jesus' feet and dried His feet with her hair. When the disciples complained about the public display of a female of such ill repute, Jesus solidly rebuked the disciples and gave the former prostitute an eternal place of honor in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Notable women of the Bible also include the Samaritan at the well who became the first female evangelist and shared the revelation of Jesus' Messianic calling with the men of the village. Though she had seven common law husbands, the Lord Jesus Christ used this lowly female as a powerful witness to bring many souls to salvation. Even the very lineage of Christ is filled with unlikely females who were not of social or monetary means, but commoners and outcasts. The harlot Rahab won a place in Biblical history through the selfless act of hiding Hebrew spies on the rooftop of a brothel to evade the men of Jericho. In so doing, she not only saved her household, but was also grafted into the bloodline of Christ. Stories of women in the Bible mightily used of God also include Ruth, the Moabitess, who adopted not only the Hebrew traditions and customs, but also married into the lineage of Jesus to become the great grandmother of David the King. Women of the Bible were also prophetesses of renown: Deborah who judged Israel during national apostasy; Anna who waited with great anticipation for the Christ child to be born; and Miriam, the sister of Moses, who as a child, watched the ark with the baby Moses inside until it found a resting place in the arms of Pharoah's daughter. And as an adult, Miriam the prophetess danced and prophesied, as the children of Israel miraculously crossed over the Red Sea on dry land.
Those who would denounce the use of females in the church should read the account of the dawning days of Pentecost as recorded in the Book of Acts. Strange as it may seem, of the 120 souls who waited patiently for the promise of Jesus Christ in the upper room, many were devout females. And on the Day of Pentecost, as the Holy Ghost came into the upper room as a rushing mighty wind, and sat upon each of the disciples as cloven tongues of fire, God did not require the women to leave the room, or wait outside until the men were endued with power. But in His divine sovereignty and infinite wisdom, the Lord granted to women as well as the men, the awesome gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. And as controversial as the supernatural utterance of an unknown tongue might be to some; women of the Bible were recorded as having received this gift along with the men. For in the Last Days, God is not dividing the Body of Christ along lines of gender, race, color, creed, or even denominational beliefs. But the Lord is gathering together in one, Jew and Gentile, male and female, Hebrew and Greek;to make of many, one unified Body of Christ, equipped to do exploits that He might be glorified.