Biblical characters given as example

To build up a good relation with the Divine Creator, the Divine Master Maker Himself provided several people who should be an example for mankind to come closer to God.

The temptation of Adam and Eve

Because of the rebellion against their Maker, the first human beings where cast out of the Garden of Eden, but had their offspring also with the blemish of the consequences of their going wrong. From those two people, Adam and Eve, came forth several people and several nations. They were the beginning of all nations and therefore those the Bible refers to as “one flesh”, Eve coming from the same flesh (Adam’s) and being joined together again in marital/sexual union are really inseparable. They were told to multiply in such a way that the whole world would be populated. That is part of the Plan of God.
Their act of defiance, called “The Fall” by many theologians, is a real bummer because from it comes painful childbirth, weeds in our gardens, many problems, lots of pain and, ultimately, death. Moreover, Adam and Eve’s disobedience introduce fear and alienation into humankind’s formerly perfect relationships with God and one another. As evidence of this alienation, Adam and Eve’s son, Cain, murders his brother, Abel.

Building the Ark (Noah’s Preaching Scorned), by Harry Anderson

After that horrible drama it still not went right and even went so bad that God found it more than enough, and therefore would give man a possibility to return to the right path. But they did not; and therefore God brought a great flood over the whole earth.
Noah and his family where chosen to survive the deluge because Noah was

“the most righteous in his generation.”

and as such should be one of the many good examples to follow. Can you imagine what a faith in that God he could not see, he must have had, to build a giant three-decked wooden box in which he, his family, and a whole bunch of animals would have to come to live when there was going to be a massive flood that God was going to send to destroy humankind for its disobedience. For years he worked on that ark in the desert where so many passed and laughed with him, finding him a big idiot.

From the family of Noah the world of man could start again from anew. Once again God could see people not willing to follow Him but preferring to make themselves other gods and believing in them more.

Abraham Taking Isaac to Be Sacrificed – by Del Parson

In those early times of mankind, early 2nd millennium bce, we can find again a man with incredible faith in his God. Though not perfect, Avram, how he was called first, was called by God to leave his homeland in Mesopotamia to venture to an unknown Promised Land Canaan. The tales of Abraham and his wife Sarah are a roller coaster of dramatic events that repeatedly jeopardize God’s promise. The couple its faith was really tested many times. Ironically, the biggest threat to God’s promise was when God Himself commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham did not hesitate to do what God asked from him, but right before Abraham was going to deliver the fatal blow to his own child, God stopped the sacrifice. As a reward for Abraham’s faith, God fulfils His promise to make Abraham’s descendants a great nation, as Isaac’s son Jacob eventually has 12 sons, whose descendants become the nation of Israel.

In Judaism the promised offspring is understood to be the Jewish people descended from Abraham’s son, Isaac, born of his wife Sarah. Similarly, in Christianity the genealogy of Jesus is traced to Isaac, and Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac is seen as a foreshadowing of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. In Islam it is Ishmael, Abraham’s firstborn son, born of Hagar, who is viewed as the fulfillment of God’s promise, and the Prophet Muhammad is his descendant. {Abraham Hebrew patriarch; André Parrot, Encyclopaedia Britannica}

Moses and the Burning Bushes – by Jerry Thompson

To bring over His messages Jehovah God uses human people who live according His wishes. One of them could see how people where not nicely treated and had to be brought out of the yoke of Egyptian slavery. Raised in the royal palace by Pharaoh’s daughter and her servant, the real mother of Moses, he had to flee Egypt for killing an Egyptian who was beating an Israelite slave. God knowing the heart of man, also knew very well what went on in Moses head and why that murder happened. Though no man can see God and live, Jehovah ‘appeared’ before Moses in a burning bush and told him to return to Egypt to deliver the Israelites from their slavery. Lots of faith in God was demanded from Moses, to meet every time the pharaoh bringing over the message of God, Who would bring a plague to the country. With God’s help, Moses succeeded in his mission, bringing the Israelites to Mount Sinai, where God gave him the Law, including the Ten Commandments.

Moses wrote down also the Words of God on the scrolls or manuscripts which we know today as the Pentateuch or the Torah. It are those books which bring us the history of man, but also bring us a picture how we can build up a good relation with God or how we can destroy such a relation.

That God not only wants to have a relation with us when we are totally good, we can see in many other characters, who also did not have a faultless life. In David, for example, we may  find a character who perpetrates one of the Bible’s most heinous crimes: he committed adultery with a woman named Bathsheba, who was the wife of one of David’s most loyal soldiers, Uriah. Though to cover up the crime, David had the Hittite killed. It was after the prophet Samuel confronted David with his sin, that he came to repent. We may see that God is a forgiving One when people repent, but we should know that sometimes we shall have to bear the punishment like it was for David.
Beyond David’s royal exploits (and indiscretions), he’s credited with writing many of ancient Israel’s worship songs, which you can read in the Book of Psalms.
He was is Israel’s second and greatest king and it is out of his lineage an other prophet and king would be born and would bring salvation to the world.

Several other prophets warned people about their lifestyle and how they had to prepare for great days to come. Because many people liked worshipping multiple gods many prophets tried to have them to worship Only One True God.
In order to prove to the Israelites that the Elohim Hashem Jehovah God is the Only True God, the prophet Elijah gathered the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel, where for the main event each deity was given a pile of wood with a bull on it. The god who could produce fire and consume the sacrifice would be called the greatest and win. Baal went first, and for half the day his prophets danced, shouted, sang, and even cut themselves in order to convince their god to answer Elijah’s challenge. When their efforts failed, Elijah prayed to Jehovah God, who immediately brought fire down from the sky to consume the sacrifice. The Israelites rededicated themselves to This Incredible God who listens to people and gives answers to people, and they killed the prophets who deceived them into worshipping Baal.

Isaiah Writes of Christ’s Birth (The Prophet Isaiah Foretells Christ’s Birth), by Harry Anderson

A later figure of importance is the man who with many of his prophecies inspired hope for eventual peace and righteousness on earth. Several of these prophecies were later understood by Christians to be predictions of Jesus, including the birth of Immanuel; the coming of the Prince of Peace, as quoted in Handel’s Messiah; and the suffering of God’s “Servant” for the sins of his people.
That prophet (Isaiah) spoke about a servant and sent one from God, the son of man, coming from the lineage or seed of king David, who can be considered as the most important prophet. It was the Nazarene Jew Jeshua, the ben haElohim or son of God, better known today as Jesus Christ.
He is the one who told many stories and parables so that people could come to know how to live and how to prepare themselves for the Great Day of Judgement that is going to come.
He is also the best example to follow, him being the way to God and the one showing and opening the door to the Kingdom of God.

All the above mentioned characters are only a few of the many presented in the Bible. In that Book of books we may find many men and women who can be brought forward as people of God, having done things we can learn from. Many of them were obedient to God’s commands throughout their life, some even risking their life, like Esther. Other’s their family story, like Hosea‘s, was a metaphor for God’s relationship with Israel.

In stories like the one of Jonah we can see how much better it is to listen to God. And that listening can be done by reading the most precious Book of books, the Bible.
With over 66 books of Scripture, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament, covering thousands of years of history, the Bible makes mention of hundreds of people either in great detail and gives others just a passing mention. From all those spoken off we can learn, the same as we can learn by looking around us and by comparing what is written, in the Bible, about such occasions we encounter in our daily life.

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When there is a relationship with God there is a possibility to grow

How do people want to grow and come closer to the Real God

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Additional reading

  1. The real God
  2. Creation of the earth and man #1 Planet for living beings in a pre-Adamic world
  3. The 1st Adam in the Hebrew Scriptures #4 The Fall
  4. No man is capable of self-improvement on his own
  5. Disobedient man and God’s promises
  6. Old language to confirm the promises
  7. A voice and a Word given for wisdom
  8. Necessity of a revelation of creation 5 Getting understanding by Word of God 3
  9. Necessity of a revelation of creation 6 Getting understanding by Word of God 4
  10. Jehovah God Maker of the entire universe served by a well-trained army
  11. Men who believed and had faith in a Higher Power they could not see
  12. Today’s thought “As wax melts before the fire” (February 5)
  13. Today’s thought “The Land promised and fear of man” (April 18)
  14. Today’s Thought “The whole earth is full of his glory” (May 16)
  15. Today’s Thought “The earth shall be full of …” (May 21)
  16. Today’s thought “Being made prosperous and numerous on conditions” (May 13)
  17. When believing in God’s existence and His son, possessing a divine legislation
  18. On the Edge of Believing
  19. The Exodus Story: History or Myth?
  20. Bamidbar (In the Wilderness)
  21. Adar 6, Matan Torah remembering the giving of Torah
  22. Looking at the time when the Torah was given
  23. The Abrahamic Covenant and Seed of Abraham
  24. Keturah concubine of patriarch Abraham
  25. Ishmael not merely “laughing” but “Issac-ing”
  26. The Son can do nothing of his own accord
  27. Redemption #7 Christ alive in the faithful
  28. Souls and Religions with Nirvana and light
  29. Memorizing wonderfully 2 Biblical Reasons to Memorize Scripture
  30. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  31. When having taken a new direction in life, having become a Christian

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Further related reading

  1. By the Grace of God I am
  2. Makeda, Queen of Sheba
  3. The Mother of Moses: Preaching my essay to myself this morning
  4. More Like Martha: 4 Lessons I Never Heard in Sunday School
  5. What are the Lessons You Can Learn from the Life of Jabez?
  6. 5 Amazing Lessons You can Learn from the Life of the Apostle Philip

A King who wanted to extol a King above all kings

When we go looking for God it is not bad to also have a look at those who in previous centuries looked for God or had found the Most High God.

One of the great Kings in the Middle East, who was secretly anointed by the prophet Samuel, after revoking Saul‘s designation as king, was chosen king by the elders of Judah. In the civil war that ensued, Ishbaal and Abner were slain. Their deaths removed the last obstacles from David‘s path to the throne, and about 1010 B.C.E. he was crowned king of all the Israelites.

As a skilled harpist and writer he wrote many psalms which we still have to bring us thinking about the One Who was praised by this king.

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David’s Psalm 145 is a remarkable song of praise, extolling all that God must be. In reading or singing this Psalm each of us must think carefully about each point David makes. It becomes so easy, especially with hymns we become very familiar with, to repeat the words – simply as words – and the reality of their meanings cease to penetrate our minds in any wholesome sense. When they are about the absolute greatness of the Creator of all things we should feel utterly awed and totally humbled by what we read – and sing.

Psalms 145:2-3 (RNKJV)
2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. 3 Great is יהוה {Jehovah}, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

Would this frighten you? Or do we have no opportunity to find God because He is “Unsearchable”? Though His greatness, to which there is no end, can not be searched out, His  works, will declare God’s Power.

Psalms 145:4 (RNKJV)
4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

Yes, the more the wonders of creation have been discovered – down to the minutest detail, the more this is seen as absolutely true – therefore, with ever greater feeling we will say – and sing –

Psalms 145:1 (RNKJV)

Psalms 145
1 I will extol thee, my Elohim, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

Extolling is praising highly. The act of extolling the worshippers of God brought, should bring us to wonder why they where so keen to bring such honour to that God. Why also was the Name of that God so important that they wanted to bless His name “forever and ever” (verse 1)?

In the previous millennia there where many people who followed the men of God and knew all those incredible stories which were told from one generation unto the next.

Today there are not many parents who tell those stories from ancient days to their children. Not many do know the Biblical stories of the first writings of the Holy Scriptures, the Torah the Humash or Pentateuch, the Nevim or Nevi’im (or Prophets) and the Ketuvim aleph or third and final section of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible)

In the Pre-Messianic Scriptures or Old Testament we can find many examples of people who doubted if there was a God accompanying them and willing to guide them through their life. Many of them became very well convinced how that God of gods, the Host of hosts, was willing to listen to them and to help them.

The structure of part of a DNA double helix

Many people in the past could see God’s wondrous works. Those Works of God had lots of people brought in awe. They could see the works of man and compare them with the works of God and saw that man’s contribution to the world was nothing compared to God’s contribution to this world.

What is the wonder of the miniature world of DNA – now made ‘visible’ through the cleverness of humans. Truly, at “the time of the end … knowledge shall increase” (Daniel 12:4) – and it has!
David’s Psalm reaches a mind compelling conclusion with his inspired words that the Most High God, the Elohim Jehovah is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth”.

Psalms 145:9-13 (RNKJV)
9 יהוה is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. 10 All thy works shall praise thee, O יהוה; and thy saints shall bless thee. 11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; 12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. 13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

Coming closer to the end-times it shall be even more important that people speak about God’s Wonder-works and have His Name be known all over the earth.

Matthew 24:14  (RNKJV)
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

At that time there shall be again enough people who shall look up at Him Who fulfils the desire of those who fear Him. Him that assures us that He also hears our cry and saves them that call unto Him.

Psalms 145:17-20 (RNKJV)
17 יהוה is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. 18 יהוה is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. 19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. 20 יהוה preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

We may count on it that the Only One True God shall preserve all who love Him. But we also must know that all the wicked He will destroy.

The people who want to guide you and help you on the search to God let their mouth speak the praise of the Most High, and want to proclaim all flesh His holy name forever and ever. When His kingdom reaches its climax – all lovers of God shall be rejoicing and see how this is wonderfully true!

We make sure now, showing our love by our actions to demonstrate we mean what we say – and at that time we will be there – and how we “will extol” Him then!

And we do hope you shall be also accompanying us, gathering with those who also want to be part of the body of Christ, worshipping the same God as Christ, the God of Abraham.