All Character Studies
The story of Lydia highlights the wonderful way in which the sovereignty of God merges with the responsibility of man.
The life of Paul has spawned whole libraries of books. It has been suggested that his influence upon the world is second only to Jesus Christ himself.
The key lesson we draw from the life of Judas is a picture not of how to do things, but of how not to do things. In other words his life is not one to be followed, but one to be avoided.
Thomas is well known as the disciple who doubted. It has been suggested that people fall into a number of categories in respect of their propensity to believe. There are those who believe anything, those who believe nothing and those who, given sufficient evidence, are prepared to move from unbelief to faith.
John is one of the few characters whose life was the subject of prophecy hundreds of years before he was born. In Luke 3:3–6 we read that his ministry fulfilled the passage in Isaiah 40:3–5 of one who would come to prepare the way of the Lord specifically by preaching in desert places.
Luke is very much a background character in the New Testament. Even though he wrote a gospel and the book of Acts, Luke deliberately switches the attention of the reader away from himself and on to others.
Mary and Martha go together like chalk and cheese. Although they are sisters, and usually appear together in the Bible, its authors often draw attention to their differences rather than their similarities.
The life of Esther is an extraordinary story where God’s sovereignty merges with human responsibility and courage. Such a merger shows how God has committed, and to an extent, limited Himself to work with and through human beings.
Daniel’s life was subject to violent disruption and tremendous change, yet he was one of the most stable and composed of Bible characters.
The Life of Hezekiah stands out from the rest of the kings as the full moon stands out from the stars in the night sky. 2 Kings 18:5 says of him, “Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel.”
One of the greatest discoveries we can make in studying Bible lives is that the people God used were just like us. They were not spiritual supermen or superwomen but fallible human beings.
Solomon is known for his wisdom – and yet in his old age he became one of the most foolish people of all time …
In the midst of this insatiable thirst for information, the story of David reminds us that there are some things which are beyond the capacity of humankind to measure.
The story of Ruth illustrates the gospel in a nutshell. It is also a remarkable story of unsurpassed loyalty and commitment.
Moses was a humble man because he acknowledged and obeyed God in all his ways
Adam was created by God to be His image-bearer and represent Him on earth. Where he failed, Jesus Christ more than succeeded.
It is said in Hebrews 11:7 that Noah responded to God in an act of obedience with an attitude of holy fear.
Christianity seems to be obsessed with obtaining blessings of wealth, health and happiness.
Jacob is one of those Bible characters who, like Paul the Apostle, had a dynamic conversion experience.