Nine Bible Characters that Will Make Us Say, “Wow, God!”
The Bible is filled with interesting people that God used to demonstrate his power and love. Here are nine characters from the Old Testament whose lives could help us know God more:
What do you do when you get punished for doing the right thing? Daniel was thrown into a den of lions because he refused to stop praying to God. But God did not let Daniel get hurt. He sent His angel to protect Daniel, and the angel shut the lions’ mouths!
Everyone’s afraid of the giant Goliath, except for young David. When he heard Goliath insult the Lord, David got angry and told King Saul he will fight the giant. Confident that God is on his side, David faced the giant and killed him with only a sling and a smooth stone.
God chose Gideon to lead the Israelites against the Midianites who were attacking them. With trumpets and torches, Gideon and his army of only 300 marched off to fight thousands of armed Midianites. But God was on their side and He led them to victory.
Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal and Asherah to put up an altar and call upon their gods to set the wood on fire. The false prophets shouted and danced around the altar the whole day but their gods did not answer them. When it was Elijah’s turn, he set up his altar, poured water on it, and prayed to the Lord. The Lord sent fire from the sky to burn Elijah’s offering!
Pharaoh had ordered the death of all Hebrew male babies. But Jochebed put her son in a papyrus basket and covered it with tar. She placed the basket along the bank of Nile River, and told her daughter Miriam to see what would happen. Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby and ordered Jochebed to nurse him for her. This baby, Moses, grew up to lead God’s people out of Egypt.
The prophet Jonah kept saying no to God’s commands. “Go to Nineveh,” God commanded Jonah. He replied, “No.” When God told Jonah, “Preach to them,” Jonah still replied, “No.” He even tried to run away from God by sailing for Tarshish! But God sent a storm which almost destroyed the ship. When Jonah was tossed overboard, he was swallowed by a big fish that God had sent. In the belly of the fish, Jonah repented and promised to finally obey God.
SHADRACH, MESHACH, ABEDNEGO
When King Nebuchadnezzar commanded everyone to bow down before his image of gold, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused. They knew it would displease God. This made the king angry, so he ordered his soldiers to throw the three young men into the fiery furnace! But God protected the three friends from the fire. Not even a strand of hair of their heads was singed!
Wow, God! is an exciting series which retells stories from the Old Testament of the Bible. We have an exciting line-up of stories that both you and your kids will enjoy and can start family discussions about the Bible, characters, and the lessons they can learn from it.
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