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Why is it important to study the various characters in the Bible?

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Question: "Why is it important to study the various characters in the Bible?"

Answer:
The Bible is filled with characters, literally and figuratively. Perhaps the best way to describe how the Bible portrays its characters is "human" because they are, in fact, human. The Bible is true and the people that inhabit its pages were real people with real problems, just like us. The Bible does not shy away from presenting both the strengths and weaknesses of those it portrays. This makes the characters in the Bible "practical" in the sense that we can relate to them and educational in the sense that we can learn from their successes and failures.

Adam and Eve were disobedient blame-shifters. Abraham was a liar. Jacob was a schemer. Joseph had somewhat of the "I'm better than you" attitude. Moses made excuses. Saul was jealous. David was an adulterer. Solomon was the smartest fool in the history of the world. Elijah seemed to be somewhat bi-polar. Peter definitely had "foot-in-mouth" disease. The list goes on and on. No matter your personality and struggles, there is someone in the Bible you can relate to and learn from.

The Apostle Paul wrote, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1). Ultimately, that must be our goal when we study Bible characters. Where they were successful in following God, we are to emulate them. Where they failed, we are to avoid making the same mistakes. "Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did...These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us...No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it" (1 Corinthians 10:6-13).

Listed below are "What should I learn from the life of..." articles on some of the most prominent "characters" in the Bible:

Who was Seth in the Bible?

Who was Enoch in the Bible?

What should we learn from the life of Noah?

What should we learn from the life of Job?

What should we learn from the life of Abraham?

What should we learn from the life of Sarah?

What should we learn from the life of Isaac?

What should we learn from the life of Jacob?

What should we learn from the life of Joseph?

What should we learn from what the Bible says about Tamar?

What should we learn from the tribe of Dan?

What should we learn from the tribe of Judah?

What should we learn from the tribe of Benjamin?

What should we learn from the tribe of Reuben?

What should we learn from the tribe of Simeon?

What should we learn from the tribe of Levi?

What should we learn from the tribe of Joseph?

What should we learn from the tribe of Issachar?

What should we learn from the tribe of Gad?

What should we learn from the tribe of Manasseh?

What should we learn from the tribe of Ephraim?

What should we learn from the tribe of Zebulun?

What should we learn from the tribe of Asher?

What should we learn from the tribe of Naphtali?

What should we learn from the life of Aaron?

What should we learn from the life of Moses?

Who was Balak in the Bible?

What should we learn from the life of Joshua?

What should we learn from the life of Rahab?

What should we learn from the life of Deborah?

What should we learn from the life of Gideon?

What should we learn from the life of Samson?

What should we learn from the life of Ruth?

What should we learn from the life of Hannah?

What should we learn from the life of Samuel?

What should we learn from the life of King Saul?

What should we learn from the life of David?

What should we learn from the account of David and Goliath?

Who was Mephibosheth?

Who was Absalom?

Who was the Asaph mentioned in the Book of Psalms?

What should we learn from the life of Solomon?

What should we learn from the life of Elijah?

What should we learn from the life of Jezebel?

What should we learn from the life of Elisha?

What should we learn from the life of Isaiah?

What can we learn from the life of Hezekiah?

Who was King Josiah in the Bible?

What should we learn from the life of Jeremiah?

What should we learn from the life of Ezekiel?

What should we learn from the life of Daniel?

Who was Nebuchadnezzar?

What should we learn from the life of Jonah?

Who was Cyrus in the Bible?

What should we learn from the life of Ezra?

What should we learn from the life of Nehemiah?

What should we learn from the life of Esther?

What should we learn from the life of John the Baptist?

What should we learn from the life of Peter?

What should we learn from the life of John the Apostle?

Who was Judas Iscariot?

What should we learn from the woman at the well?

How can I avoid being a doubting Thomas?

What should we learn from the life of Mary of Bethany?

Who was Joseph of Arimathea?

What should we learn from the life of James, the brother of Jesus?

Who was Theudas in the Bible?

What should we learn from the life of Stephen?

Why did God kill Ananias and Sapphira for lying?

What should we learn from the life of Paul?

What should we learn from the life of Barnabas?

What should we learn from the life of Silas?

Who were Priscilla and Aquila?

Who was Apollos?

Who was Eutychus in the Bible?

Who was Gaius in the Bible?

Who was Epaphroditus in the Bible?

What should we learn from the life of Timothy?

Who was Onesiphorus in the Bible?

What should we learn from the life of Titus?

What should we learn from the life of Luke?

Who was Tychicus in the Bible?

Who was Diotrephes in the Bible?

Recommended Resources: The Great Lives from God's Word Series by Chuck Swindoll and Logos Bible Software.


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