Esther

Lessons from Bible Characters
Esther’s story is told in the book of Esther. Willing to take great risks to do God's work "Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I am willing to die" (Esther 4:16) Esther’s beauty and character won Xerxes’ heart, and he made her his queen. Even in her favored position, however, she would risk her life by attempting to see the king when he had not requested her presence. There was no guarantee that the king would even see her. Serving God often demands that…
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Esau

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Esau’s story is told in Genesis 25—36. He is also mentioned in Malachi 1:2, 3; Romans 9:13; Hebrews 12:16, 17. Made decisions rashly without considering consequences Esau’s life was filled with choices he must have regretted bitterly. He appears to have been a person who found it hard to consider consequences, reacting to the need of the moment without realizing what he was giving up to meet that need. Trading his birthright for a bowl of stew was the clearest example of this weakness. We too are often tempted by the need of the moment and failed to consider long term consequences. The lust of the moment has caused many families to break down. The need of the moment to get out of a difficult situation has caused many people…
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Isaac

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Isaac’s story is told in Genesis 17:15—35:29. He is also mentioned in Romans 9:7–10; Hebrews 11:17–20; James 2:21. Isaac did not resist as his father prepared to sacrifice him Genesis 22:1  Later on God tested Abraham’s faith and obedience. "Abraham!" God called. "Yes," he replied. "Here I am." 2  "Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will point out to you." Isaac must have been a youth at the time when Abraham was to sacrifice him to God. Yet there was no record of his struggling with his aged father in order not to be sacrificed. I believe that Isaac did not resist as his father prepared…
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Elizabeth

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Elizabeth’s story is told in Luke 1:5–80. Remained faithful to God despite apparent lack of God's blessings Luke 1:6  Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. 7They had no children because Elizabeth was barren, and now they were both very old. In societies like Israel, in which a woman’s value was largely measured by her ability to bear children, to be without children often led to personal hardship and public shame. For Elizabeth, a childless old age was a painful and lonely time but during which she remained faithful to God. Some people are faithful to God because they want God to bless them. And when God's blessings do not seem apparent, they wonder why they bother being so faithful.…
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Saul (first king of Israel)

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His story is told in 1 Samuel 9-31. He is also mentioned in Acts 13:21. Motivation was right but method was wrong. (1 Sam 13:8-14) He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul's men began to scatter. {9} So he said, "Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings. " And Saul offered up the burnt offering. {10} Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him. {11} "What have you done?" asked Samuel. Saul replied, "When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash, {12} I thought, 'Now the Philistines will come down against…
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Mary (Lazarus’ sister)

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Mary’s story is told in Matthew 26:6–13; Mark 14:3–9; Luke 10:38–42; John 11:17–45; 12:1–11. Combined worship with sacrifice John 12:1  Six days before the Passover ceremonies began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus sat at the table with him. 3  Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with fragrance. Essence of nard was a fragrant ointment imported from the mountains of India. Thus, it was very expensive. The amount Mary used was worth a year’s wages. When Mary wanted to worship Jesus, she combined it with…
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Elijah

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Spoke up for God even when it meant offending the people. 1KI 18: 17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, "Is it you, you troubler of Israel?" 18 He answered, "I have not troubled Israel; but you have, and your father’s house, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. Sometimes we are afraid to witness to our friends and relatives because we fear that we will offend them. We should not let this stop us. We should be overcome by a greater fear that they die without knowing Jesus. There are several ways to ensure that people do not become offended when we tell them the gospel. One is to approach them at a suitable time. When a person is agitated with…
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Moses

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Moses’ story is told in the books of Exodus through Deuteronomy. He is also mentioned in Acts 7:20–44; Hebrews 11:23–29. Moses looked only at his own ability, not at the potential he has in God Ex 3:11"But who am I to appear before Pharaoh?" Moses asked God. "How can you expect me to lead the Israelites out of Egypt?" 12Then God told him, "I will be with you. God works best when he has very little or nothing to work with. He created the universe out of nothing. He fed five hundred people with just a few loaves of bread and few pieces of fish. Jesus chose 12 people to be His disciples, most of who would be considered nothing by the religious community of that day. Do you feel…
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Eve

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Eve’s story is told in Genesis 2:18—4:26. Her death is not mentioned in Scripture. Allowed her contentment to be undermined by Satan. Genesis 3: 1  Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the Lord God had made. "Really?" he asked the woman. "Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?" 2  "Of course we may eat it," the woman told him. 3"It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God says we must not eat it or even touch it, or we will die." Eve became discontented after she pondered that she has no access to that one fruit in the garden. She has forgotten that she can eat all…
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Cain

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Cain’s story is told in Genesis 4:1–17. He is also mentioned in Hebrews 11:4; 1 John 3:12; Jude 1:11. Did not give to God the best of what he has Both Cain and his brother Abel had given offerings to God, and his had been rejected. I believe the reason for that can be found in the preceding verses. Genesis 4:3  At harvest time Cain brought to the Lord a gift of his farm produce, 4while Abel brought several choice lambs from the best of his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his offering, 5but he did not accept Cain and his offering. This made Cain very angry and dejected. The Bible specifically told us that Cain simply brought a gift but the one Abel brought was choice lambs from the…
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