12 thoughts on “Q&A: Bible Figures

  1. Job. I’ve read his story and partially lived it. Ironically I thought I had it worse than him during that time of my life. I went back and reread to absorb more. The wisest words I found from him came at the end of his suffering and he had a pitty party with God. After God set him straight, Job answered: “I’m speechless, in awe—words fail me. I should never have opened my mouth! I’ve talked too much, way too much. I’m ready to shut up and listen.” (Job 40:3-5 MSG)

    He has taught me a lot, but most importantly, when I’m in a struggle, I need to shut up and listen!

  2. If I really have to pick one it would be John. In both his gospel and epistles, he gives us the very heart of why Jesus came–to bring us into the same divine fellowship He had with the Father from eternity by giving us the Holy Spirit. We would know very little about God’s fatherly love (and that He IS love) without John. Not to mention, how to actually do what Jesus did (John 14-17), instead of trying to imitate what He did. Imagine what we would understand about God’s love without John’s account. I rest my case. 🙂

    • Haha…case closed! 😀 But you’re so right. Those books are rich about God’s essence. I like how you express that the Bible without John’s input is missing some of it’s most valuable wisdom.

    • Abraham is the cornerstone of Judaism and still a most significant figure in Christian thought. Hebrews and Paul in Galatians showcase his model faith.

  3. Joseph. We see God’s orchestration of a life, his providential purpose in allowing things to happen. On the flip side, we see ourselves in the way Joseph deals with his circumstances: his frustration, despondency, devotion, creativity, spiritual gifts, leadership, acculturation, forgiveness, and kindness. When my life isn’t going well, I can always draw something from Joseph’s story.

  4. Solomon! Proverbs is what it is, but Ecclesiastes always hits me hard. I don’t know why. I think because it’s a tragic book, and I like tragedies :). It reminds us that all riches in the world (even all the wisdom in the world) will never make us happy, and it will never fulfill us. There is something bitter behind Solomon’s words, and for me, that makes it true.

    • Ecclesiastes is a heavy-hitter…really profound, for deep thinkers, which we all should be, especially us Christians. It’s lyrical, in its despondent tone, and ends on a truly refreshing note. I hope we don’t miss that it’s a great text for evangelism with those who doubt God or question his goodness in the world. Nice!

  5. Paul. I didn’t used to like to read him too much, feeling like he was arrogant, but when I read his letters more intently I actually see more humility, sacrifice, strength, focus, kingdom perspective, and practical day to day living out our faith.

    • Wow! Now THAT is a post–your perceived arrogance of Paul! (Please write it and show us your evolution.) It’s easy to draw a conclusion that the durable possesses no delicacy, which doesn’t have to be true. I think the line to meet Paul will be one of the longest in Heaven!

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