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Giveaway: Single Column Legacy Bible

Yesterday we posted 4 reasons why we’re excited about the new ESV Single Column Legacy Bible.

To celebrate its arrival, we’re giving away three copies of the Brown/Saddle TruTone edition.

To enter the drawing, simply post a comment on who your favorite man, woman, or child is from the Bible and why (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are off-limits). Next Tuesday at noon we’ll pick three winners and notify them by email and send each winner one copy of the brand new Single Column Legacy Bible.

Enter today!

UPDATE: The contest is now closed. The winners have been chosen and notified. Thanks for your participation!

January 6, 2012 | Posted in: Editions,ESV,Giveaways | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 1:56 pm | (466) Comments »

466 Comments »

  1. David because he was a “man after God’s own heart” even though he failed God and sinned. It encourages me every time I reads about David because I fail God so often. I’m reminded that if I confess my sin my fellowship with God is restored. David proves that even though you fail God, He can still use you!

    Comment by Austin — January 6, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

  2. I’m partial to Ezra, for his commitment to ushering in revival among the post-exilic Jews. The fact that the people stood in response to his reading of Scripture is inspiring.

    Comment by Josh — January 6, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

  3. Apostle Paul. For giving us revelation and Doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ!

    Comment by Colby — January 6, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

  4. I really like single-column Bibles (and large print Bibles, and any with fonts with a lot of white space. . .)

    Favorite Bible character? So hard to say. . . But I love the Psalms and the prayers of David, so I’ll go with him. . .

    Comment by TulipGirl — January 6, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  5. Apollos. His fervency for the Word, his teachable spirit, and his mastery of the OT, all for the cause of Christ.

    Comment by Jamie — January 6, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  6. Peter: His boldness and lack of fear to say what was on his mind. At the same time he doubts, and denies Jesus but repents and always comes back to Jesus to learn more and forgiveness.

    Comment by Franklin — January 6, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

  7. Peter.
    Because his being forgiven by Christ is an amazing example, and his boldness in preaching and ministry after Christ’s death and resurrection is a standard for all men to strive for by the grace of God.

    Comment by Drew Chapman — January 6, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

  8. Paul because he proves that no one is too far from God to be saved.

    Comment by Kevin — January 6, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

  9. Josiah, because as the youngest king in Israel he was the most faithful king Israel ever had (II Kings 22).

    Comment by Craig Hurst — January 6, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

  10. I read through Ezekiel a while ago, and just loved the imagery from Ezekiel! Really enjoy the glimpses of the glory God that we receive!

    Comment by Grant Garber — January 6, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

  11. I really like Enoch. We don’t know much about him other than he walked with God and he was no more because God took him. That is Faith.

    Comment by Chris Coppenbarger — January 6, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

  12. Priscilla, wife of Aquila. What an amazing woman to get to work alongside her husband, teaching, mentoring, helping to shape the early church. Even Paul himself spoke of her! I am thankful that, as a missionary, for more than 25 years, I have been able to do the same with my husband. Working beside him. How I wish I could know more about her!!

    Comment by Kim Abernethy — January 6, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

  13. Paul. He suffered all kinds of trials and counted it nothing compared to knowing Christ.

    Comment by Jenny — January 6, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

  14. The Apostle Paul – for faithfully showing us how deep the Gospel’s impact is in our lives and how to live the Gospel out daily; both through his written word and his life.

    Comment by Todd Gragg — January 6, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

  15. My favorite man from the Bible is the Apostle Peter. Loud mouthed, quick-to-think, slow-to-listen, great evangelist, author of 2 letters that encourage me every time I read them. Before Pentacost, he reminds me of me. After Pentacost, he reminds me of what I need to be for my Lord.

    Comment by Anthony Gulbrandsen — January 6, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  16. I’m partial to Stephen. The man’s job description was just to serve the widows, but he couldn’t help but be so excited by the gospel that his preaching attracted the undesired attention. When he’s on trial, he doesn’t back down – instead, he delivers this eloquent, passionate and thorough history of God’s dealings with the people of Israel (maybe more accurately, of Israel’s response to the work of God and God’s mercy to them over and over again). Then he turns the tables and says that the people on the council are the ones on trial. And then he forgives his enemies and sees Jesus before he dies. That’s pretty sweet.

    Comment by Austin Ross — January 6, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  17. Paul or James are my favorites.

    Comment by Josef — January 6, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  18. I started to say Cain, but I just wasn’t Abel.

    I will say Enoch, since his legacy was that he “walked with God” (Genesis 5:24). What a way to be known for the ages…

    Comment by Steven Robertson — January 6, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  19. Justus from Acts 1:23. The 11 apostles picked Matthias over him to replace Judas Iscariot. Though he wasn’t an apostle, he still “accompanied [them} during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among [them], beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from [them]”
    (Acts 1:21-22 ESV)

    That’s pretty neat.

    Comment by Andy — January 6, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  20. Job is my favorite man in the Bible. He experienced terrible things, yet his faith was unwavering. He didn’t want to view God as simply a “Blessing ATM” who is there just to make things good in life. He has been a really good example for me in the modern Western World, were we can have a tendency to want to shirk God away when he doesn’t do what we want him to. Through the tough times, we should stay faithful to God. He has a plan and can change things instantly! That is why I, in a nutshell, love Job.

    Comment by Tom — January 6, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  21. Hosea. He’s an excellent example of forgiveness and selfless love within a marriage, and a reminder that my marriage should reflect God’s love for his people, and Christ’s love for his church. (Not that my v. excellent wife is an adulteress, or anything.)

    Comment by Josh Bishop — January 6, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  22. Joseph is my favorite Bible character because he serves as an example of how we should endure when life seems to be falling apart all around us. He trusted God because he knew that God is sovereign, wise, and always good. Later in life, he was able to see with perfect hindsight how the hardships he had endured were intricately woven into God’s design to bring about his own glory and the good of Joseph, his family, and the nation of Egypt.

    Comment by John — January 6, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  23. Paul. I love how God used Paul’s experiences to shape his writing and his heart for sinners. At times, you can feel his pleading with readers to see the logic behind the work of God…even though it doesn’t appear to a make any sense to us as mortal man.

    Comment by Jeff Kaldahl — January 6, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

  24. Adam, because it is Adam whom God first created and first in whom (along with Eve) we see the role regarding Biblical Manhood (and Womanhood).

    Comment by Caleb Allen — January 6, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

  25. My favorite character from the Bible is Jacob because of the incredible encounters with God (i.e. Jacob’s ladder, wrestling with God), as well as watching his faith progress throughout his story in Genesis.

    Comment by Tom Farr — January 6, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

  26. Paul, because he is the greatest missionary. He is a wretched man like me.

    Comment by Jorge Roa — January 6, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

  27. Always been a big fan of Jude, Jesus’ brother. They guy writes a book of the Bible and nowhere does he proudly throw around his affiliation to Jesus. Instead, he warns believers about the antichrists among us. He preaches the Gospel without having any of his own ego in the way.

    Comment by don dudley — January 6, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  28. Paul – because he took the beating and kept moving forward he fought the good fight and he did it for the Christian Faith ….. Even when they left him for dead he still got up and wanted more …..

    Comment by Joseph Bonaventura — January 6, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  29. My favorite man from the Bible is Paul. He is a man that can preach from experience what suffering for the glory of God is.

    Comment by Daniel — January 6, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  30. My favorite character has got to be Paul. Love his compassion and courage for all of us gentiles.

    Comment by Abraham Armenta — January 6, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

  31. Thomas – He is ready to die with Jesus at one point, is so shaken by Jesus’ death he has left the company of the other apostles, then demands proof for his shaken faith, and then an encounter with Jesus brings him to the realization of who his Lord is. Quite a faith journey and full of much for us to learn. He reminds me of the father in Scripture who said, “I believe, help my unbelief.”
    {ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

    Comment by Charles — January 6, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

  32. I’m all about Peter.

    The guy had PASSION! He also was one of the first to recognize Christ for who He truly was! And even then…epic fail’d. Peter’s restoration to apostleship is an encouragement to us when we fail to be faithful to Christ that He will still pursue us and renew us!
    Also, he got to write some of THE BIBLE. Epic win.

    Comment by Bret Theis Jr — January 6, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

  33. Paul, because his life was worth less than the gospel, a disposition we should all have.

    Comment by Jason — January 6, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

  34. My favorite Bible character is Josiah because he had such a love and respect for God’s Word, so much so that, even as a youth, he led the people back to obedience of the Lord.

    P.S … I am doing the 3650 Challenge on facebook (using Prof. Horner’s system to read 10 chapters a day) and was just reading there about this very Bible. I love the ESV and was excited to read the description of this Legacy Bible. I would be even more excited if I won a copy! :)

    Comment by Bev Aronson — January 6, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  35. Abel–2nd generation of the human race living in the shadow of the fall; raised by the two who were responsible for it and still practiced his faith by bringing to YHWH the best portions from his flock. He knew gospel hope…

    Comment by Kyle — January 6, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  36. Man, that’s tough, how bout Peter?

    Great model of repentance even after betraying Jesus

    Comment by Preston — January 6, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  37. I think I’ve always been partial to Micaiah in 1 Kings 22 because of his utter boldness to Ahab: “If you return in peace, the LORD has not spoken by me.”

    Comment by Andrew Wencl — January 6, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  38. Philemon. Known for refreshing the hearts of the Saints. Effective evangelist. An honorable employer.

    Comment by Dennis Mackulin — January 6, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  39. I appreciate Daniel….as a young man he was passionate about being obedient to God, no matter the cost!

    Comment by Heather Patenaude — January 6, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  40. Barnabas because he was a great encourager!

    Comment by Scott — January 6, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  41. Abraham, because “he believed the LORD, and [God] counted it to him as righteousness.” Gen 15:6.

    Comment by Jeff — January 6, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  42. Benaiah chased down a lion on a snowy day, jumped into a pit with it, and killed it with his barehands. That’s a dude who is willing to risk it all and an example of how we should live wide open for our King!!

    Comment by Kirby Vardeman — January 6, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  43. Peter – because I find I relate to him in many ways:
    -zealous,
    -impulsive,
    -weak,
    -timid,
    -was quick to leave my nets to follow him as an adult;
    -love the Lord and willing to jump into the water to chase Him down,
    -claim to be sold out, but fail because of fear of man,
    -boldness only because He live in me;and
    -if I wrote a book of the Bible it would be like 1 and 2 Peter = each verse packed to make sure no one misses the point.

    Comment by Luke Russell — January 6, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  44. Josiah – for his example of repentance and godly leadership in Israel

    Comment by John Biegel — January 6, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  45. I’m partial to Elijah the Tishbite because I can identify with him. His biting sarcasm is something that I appreciate as one prone to sarcasm, but as one who struggles with pride I can identify with how he felt like he was God’s last prophet. And being taken up to heaven in chariots of fire ain’t too shabby!

    Comment by Nick Norelli — January 6, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  46. Ruth because she’s a “pagan” woman that God providentially brought into his kingdom and into the ancestral line of Jesus! As a woman from a Muslim background, this greatly encourages me!

    Comment by Malek — January 6, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  47. Paul, because of how he poured his heart out for Jesus and wrote so much of our Bible.

    Comment by Stephen Shinholser — January 6, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  48. Job and the struggle to understand life especially when one is honoring God with their life. I learned and began to understand the ways of our sovereign God thru reading the book of Job.

    Comment by Loys — January 6, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  49. So many, but I will say Job. I never fail to learn something new from reading through his life. Great insight into some very difficult struggles.

    Comment by Joe — January 6, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  50. Paul – for reasons such as this:
    “But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16

    Comment by Jane — January 6, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  51. John the Baptist: He was a bold preacher (Matt. 3:7-12) and He was Jesus’ favorite preacher (Matt. 11:11)!

    Comment by Andy — January 6, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  52. Daniel. He seems to be a fearless man of prayer.

    Comment by Tim Irvin — January 6, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  53. Silas b/c regardless of situations that God gives him, he still sings His praises.

    Comment by Michael — January 6, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  54. Caleb – Not as much press as Joshua, but just as faithful. And you gotta like a guy that picks the hard place to conquer for his inheritance (Joshua 14:1-15).

    Comment by Jason — January 6, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  55. Onesiphorus (meaning “bringing profit”) He is found in 2nd Tim 1:16-18 & 2nd Tim 4:19. He searched for Paul while he was in prison; Paul praised him for his hospitality, kindness, and courage.

    I am inspired by Onesiphorus’ courage as it was a dangerous time to be a Christian in Rome but he still sought out Paul despite the persecution he could have faced.

    When Paul was deserted Onesiphorus was still loyal and came to him.

    He reminds me of the verse in Prov 18:24 “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”

    Comment by Andrew — January 6, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  56. Titus. He was a man of conviction and stood his ground. I named my son Titus prayerfully asking God to make him of the same ilk.

    Comment by Ryan Boyer — January 6, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  57. Josiah; his exemplary kingship, marked by unparalleled devotion to God’s Word, is breathtaking. I named my son for him!

    Comment by Ryan Bouton — January 6, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  58. Today I’ve been reading of Stephen and his ‘sermon’ to the Sanhedrin in Acts 7. I was struck by his faithfulness to biblical preaching, his fearlessness in preaching the truth to those who violently did not want to hear it, and his joy at witnessing for Jesus right up until his dying moment – “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

    O for an ounce of such faith and faithfulness!

    Comment by Richard Wardman — January 6, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  59. Peter – I can appreciate his zeal for the Lord, but also how it led him to make mistakes. I also am encouraged by how God restored him after he failed and then empowered by the Holy Spirit to accomplish amazing things for God’s glory.

    Comment by Lantz Bowman — January 6, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  60. Ezekiel, because he preached his guts out, used creative methods and illustration, yet still saw little fruit in minstry. His faithfulness to God through excruciation spiritual trials is an often neglected example of spiritual leadership.

    Comment by john Lucas — January 6, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  61. Boaz, because he is a real man’s man. Most everything I’ve learned about pursuing the woman that would later become my wife, I learned from his example. Boaz teches me to be gracious and caring. He teaches me how to provide (not just financially) for my wife. Most of all he taught me that one of the most glorious things that God calls redeemed men to is to be redeemers.

    Comment by Will — January 6, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  62. Enoch- I know it sounds crazy but just the idea of being so close to God that he just takes you up to heaven one day that longing burns in my bones.

    Thanks for being a great company!!

    Comment by Jason Jordan — January 6, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  63. Paul—suffered well and knew/preached Christ at all times.

    Comment by Jason Garwood — January 6, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

  64. Melchizedek – Intriguing figure, especially since he embodies the roles of priest and king, especially since Saul was rejected when he tried to act as a priest and king.

    Comment by Dan — January 6, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

  65. Paul- Because he found contentment in Christ alone!

    Comment by Rick Hollis — January 6, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

  66. Solomon. I don’t like him because I can Scripturally/intrinsically live through him like a lot of folks end up doing with Biblical characters. I don’t think anyone can. But, Solomon teaches me that nothing but Christ will ever satisfy me. The man who had everything said: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” That’s huge. 

    Comment by Logan Pyle — January 6, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

  67. David. Aside from Christ, no one else has so much personal history recorded in the Bible, and the awful things that he either perpetrated or endured make the grace of God working in his life something anyone can empathize with.

    Comment by Seth Pye — January 6, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

  68. The apostle Paul is one of my favourites. A recent lesson the Holy Spirit is teaching me is to be thankful in ALL circumstances, even while myself, my wife, and our 6 children are all ill at the same time. I have been inspired by the trials the apostle Paul endured, and yet was able to be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). I have been looking for a good ESV bible with some note taking space so I can make notes while we do family devotions.

    Comment by Jason — January 6, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

  69. The Apostle Paul because of his deep desire to server the Lord Jesus Christ even in the midst of hardship. Also, because he provide us so much of the NT.

    Comment by Mark — January 6, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

  70. Gotta go with Peter. He wanted to be where the action was…I’m not sure Jesus really wanted him in the “in crowd” with James and John…I don’t think Jesus could get rid of him…Peter wanted to do something for Jesus…and that is good.

    Comment by Jack Hager — January 6, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  71. Beyond the obvious, I’ve always liked Eleazar son of Dodo because he fought the Philistines so hard he couldn’t let go of his sword.

    Comment by Jason Chamberlain — January 6, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  72. Thaddeus – because thats all we know about him – his name!

    Comment by Jonathan Carswell — January 6, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  73. Would have to be Enoch… Although not much is known about him, he must have indeed did something right..for he walked with God..

    Comment by David Day — January 6, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

  74. Ananias of Damascus in Acts 9. Here was an ordinary man who heard the voice of God, argued, but even though he thought he was facing at least imprisonment, obeyed, went and laid hands on Saul of Tarsus beginning the journey of St. Paul. A great example of fidelity to God’s voice, that we all can learn from.

    Comment by Bob Craig — January 6, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

  75. The prophet Isaiah. Why?

    Because he obeyed God by walking around butt naked for three years.

    That deserves major props. Major.

    Comment by Spencer — January 6, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

  76. David. He was a musician, servant, and one of the greatest followers of God in history. And he did it all without the aid of the full written Scripture, insights from many Bible teachers, and an abundance of educational resources. His love was simplistic and genuine.

    Comment by Wes Gay — January 6, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

  77. One of my favorite people from the Bible is Jacob. The reasoning behind this is that his entire life he sought the blessings of God in all of the wrong places. He started with seeking blessings from his Father, then his family through his idolatry of Rachel, but when he finally found God he grabbed hold of Him and wouldn’t let go until he blessed him.

    Comment by Sandy Johnson — January 6, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

  78. I love Joshua. God reminded him to be strong and courageous three times in the first nine verses of the book of Joshua and was given reassurance by God that he will be with him. Joshua led Isreal while the odds were against him to conquer the Promise Land and vanquish the enemies of Isreal with the help of God.

    Comment by Chris Land — January 6, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

  79. Peter. A model of repentance after failing.

    Comment by Brian Warkentin — January 6, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  80. King David!

    “And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ ” (Acts 13:22 ESV)

    Comment by Dustin — January 6, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  81. Daniel – not much bad you can say about him. Great faith, great courage.

    Comment by michael luehrmann — January 6, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

  82. Saul/Paul, because he exemplifies and writes about the amazing way God brings people from darkness to light, from death to life.

    Comment by Dan Sudfeld — January 6, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

  83. I tend to say Joshua and/or Caleb. I love that against the opinions of everyone else, they believed what God had promised about the Promised Land. They chose to walk by faith and not by sight. Always loved that.

    Comment by Matthew Robbins — January 6, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

  84. Moses – a flawed leader who faced his failings and still followed God and did great things.

    Comment by Christian Selvaratnam — January 6, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

  85. I love the quiet behind the scenes people like Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus who had a quiet searching piety and we can assume were eventually won over to Jesus in the end.

    Comment by Richard Hetke — January 6, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

  86. Elijah. He had panache…

    Comment by Roberto Bustamante — January 6, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  87. Jeremiah. He knew the Heart of God and was consumed by the Word of the Lord.

    Comment by Jonathan Ammon — January 6, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  88. Boaz – because he loved well.

    Comment by Alex Ford — January 6, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

  89. So many to choose from….

    I will say Daniel because of his willingness to forsake man’s law in order to remain faithful to God while knowing that he would face punishment for it.

    Comment by Tom Shelton — January 6, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

  90. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews. His encouragement to these believers in the face of apostosay is not a cliched answer to their trials but a realignment to the absolute centrality and excellence of Christ.

    Comment by Joseph — January 6, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  91. Jonathan… was faithful to his friend David, even at the expense of his own personal position – recognizing God’s sovereign will. He helped David to find strength in the Lord.

    Comment by Stephen T. Richman (@ThRich5) — January 6, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  92. Joseph is my favorite biblical character. There’s not a greater example in the Bible, other than Christ, of someone who experienced such betrayal by his own people–and yet somehow apprehended God’s hand in all of it. Second, I love it that Genesis says eight times that Joseph “wept.” I love how this man with rock-hard character, second highest official in Egypt, had such a tender spirit towards those who had abused him. Interesting to me that there’s no mention of him crying in the pit or the dungeon–just when he deals mercifully with his brothers. Amazing.

    Comment by John Bishop — January 6, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

  93. OT, David & NT, Peter. I identify with them. Both were incredibly flawed men who, though they often were rash and made mistakes, stayed with God & never gave up. That God would use men like them encourages me that He can use me too!

    Comment by Adam Solorio — January 6, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

  94. Stephen is one of my favorites because he was bold even to the point of his death.

    Comment by Kurt Siscel — January 6, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

  95. Tola…two verses covering twenty-three years, he truly played the background.

    Comment by Alan — January 6, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

  96. Hmmmm… a favorite, well that is difficult, but after spend thirteen weeks preaching through Nehemiah, I would say he would be one of my favorites.

    Comment by Paul Vroom — January 6, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

  97. I’d say Moses. As the chosen leader of Israel during the Exodus and 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, he faithfully led God’s people, continually rebuking and turning them from sin. It must have been SO discouraging – having been SO close to entering the Promised Land but instead being commanded to wander in the wilderness for FORTY YEARS because of the people’s lack of faith. I can’t even imagine the anger, impatience, and blame i would feel toward the people if I were in Moses’ shoes. Yet, Moses was a patient, loving leader to them. And what’s so encouraging is that Moses was not known to be “leader” material – he was slow of speech, and he was even filled with questions and reservations when God called him to lead His people out of Egypt. He is a classic example of how God chooses imperfect, sinful people and uses them for His glory.

    Comment by Joon — January 6, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

  98. Jeremiah, for being able to proclaim God’s truth despite the opposition and persecution he was facing.

    Comment by Chris — January 6, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

  99. The apostle Paul. He was faithful to his call to proclaim the gospel where it had not yet been proclaimed! He also held fast to a desire for his own countrymen to come to faith!

    Comment by Ricky Kirk — January 6, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

  100. I once saw a question asking which person or persons from the Bible (other than Jesus–who always lives to intercede for us) would you want as a prayer partner. My answer to that question is Aaron and Hur–because they stood by Moses as he prayed over the Israelites as they fought a battle. As long as his arms were raised, the Israelites prevailed, if he lowered them, the others prevailed. Aaron and Hur brought a rock for Moses to sit on and stood on either side of him to hold his arms up until the Israelites won the battle. Life is a battle, and we need the Aarons and Hurs to hold up our arms until we prevail in the battles we face.

    Comment by Becky Guinn — January 6, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

  101. Eutychus from acts i find myself falling for you!!! Fell asleep during Paul’s sermon, fell, died, Paul raised him back and kept preaching what is not to love!!!!

    Comment by charles — January 6, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

  102. Job…learned much about sovereignty through his story

    Comment by Stacy — January 6, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

  103. I’d have to go with Boaz. He worked hard, loved God, and did what was right and sought what he wanted in the right ways. I also like that he pushed his relative to take the responsibility that he’d been neglecting. He’s a man of strong character, and the whole story of Ruth echoes the Gospel and Jesus’ redemption of us.

    Comment by David — January 6, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

  104. it must be Jonah sometimes I rebel against God but I’m so thankful for His Grace

    Comment by Karl Fischer — January 6, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

  105. I would have to say that my favorite would be the disciples who are not as highly mentioned or noted in the bible. They did nothing of significance (besides being chosen to be ond of the 12). They simply followed after Christ, whole heartedly like we are called to do.

    Comment by Chris Quinto — January 6, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  106. Paul because he brings everything back to the Cross

    Comment by Hanson Cao — January 6, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  107. My favorite is probably the apostle John – a humble and committed follower of Christ, and a faithful witness of the gospel.

    Comment by Vinnie Dauer — January 6, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

  108. I would also have to say Paul, but because he considered himself the worst of sinners (I Tim. 1:12-17). What makes Paul great is his gift of humbly accepting the grace of Jesus. And he is a self-proclaimed example of God’s mercy on those who believe.

    Comment by Kyle Plattner — January 6, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

  109. You know, I think Jonah is one of my favorites, because I am often a ridiculous idiot like him on the mission God has given me, but yet God showed him incredible mercy, and used him in all his weakness to preach the gospel through him.

    Comment by DJ Jenkins — January 6, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  110. Enoch is my favorite person in the bible because he lived life simply by walking in ongoing intimacy with God.

    Comment by Adam B. — January 6, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  111. Abraham. Great faith. enough said.

    Comment by Nick — January 6, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

  112. Hard to pick one but I will go with Ezra. He was a student of the Word, had a heart for God and His people and was eager to get his hands dirty with work.

    Comment by GW — January 6, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

  113. Oh! Definitely it has to be John the Beloved. He was such an amazing character beside being the disciple whom Jesus loved. His gospel‘s unique, letters unconventional!

    Comment by Emmanuel Ezeagwu — January 6, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

  114. The apostle Paul is my favorite. For we are much alike – not so much after our conversion as before. :)

    [12] I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, [13] though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, [14] and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. [15] The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. [16] But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. [17] To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

    (1 Timothy 1:12-17 ESV)

    Comment by Aaron Wilson — January 6, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  115. Boaz is the man! He loves God. He blesses his workers (Ruth 2:4) and his workers blesses him back. He has a job. He’s protective of Ruth (Ruth 2:8-9). He shows grace to Ruth even when she’s a Moabite (Ruth 2:11-12). He’s very generous by providing for Ruth (Ruth 2:15-16). He’s takes responsibility to be Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer by marrying her (Ruth 4:6-13).

    Comment by Tommy Wong — January 6, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

  116. My (other) favorite is Paul. The great theologian pushes me to delve into the depths of biblical doctrine. I too, before my conversion, was a persecutor of Christ, but His effectual grace changed my life drastically, as it did Paul’s.

    Comment by Timothy — January 6, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

  117. Jeremiah. Because of his desire to go back to his city to rebuild it years and years after it’s ruin. A man who displays incredible character and leadership. An incredible model of leadership!

    Comment by Jennifer Ip — January 6, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

  118. Peter! Because of his failures, his depravity ! I can relate to that ;) amen !

    Comment by Dan — January 6, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

  119. Whoops.. meant nehemiah above…

    Comment by Jennifer Ip — January 6, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

  120. My Favorite is John the Baptist. His whole mission was pointing to the Life and Ministry of Jesus.

    Comment by Dan Adams — January 6, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

  121. Priscilla for her courage to teach Apollos the way of God more accurately. Some even advanced a case for Priscilla being the author of Hebrews. We need more such women.

    Comment by Rick Meigs — January 6, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

  122. Ezekiel – From the depths of despair to the hope of new life in one lifetime.

    Comment by Stephen Barkley — January 6, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

  123. Barnabas… the son of Encouragement!

    Comment by Chris Lohroff — January 6, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

  124. I’ve always liked the little kid right in the middle of things in Matthew 18. While the disciples and Jesus and the people are all discussing grown up things (the temple tax), the kid is just hanging out there, and Jesus uses him as an example for us all.

    Comment by Tom Antis — January 6, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

  125. Daniel; such a witness of the power of God.

    Comment by Donna McCormack — January 6, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

  126. Lately, i’ve felt really been partial to Abraham because of his great faith in the Lord. Even thought, He wasn’t sure always where he was going, he still followed! He was not perfect but he continued to trust.

    Comment by Steven Gunter — January 6, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

  127. Naaman, because I identify with his faithfulness–while still questioning. His flaws were minuscule in comparison to God’s grace. He’s a great reminder of Grace.

    Comment by Les Steubing — January 6, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

  128. Nehemiah – a humble, passionate, godly leader.

    Comment by Jon — January 6, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

  129. Samson – there are so many great lessons to be learned from the story of Samson.

    Comment by Chris — January 6, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

  130. Paul, for his passion for Christ and the church.

    Comment by Bob Wiegers — January 6, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

  131. Abigail. What humility and a servant’s heart she had along with courage to face the king to appease his anger against Nabal. Throwing caution to the wind she did what was right in the sight of God, not man.

    Comment by Karli — January 6, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

  132. Paul – because he truly grasped the gospel in a way that no other biblical character had – save Christ.

    Comment by mike — January 6, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  133. So many really, but for today I have to go with Enoch. Reading Genesis 5 you get the history of man from Adam to Noah and in the middle you find Enoch. We do not know too much about him but this fascinating line shows up in verse 25 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

    WOW, God wanted Enoch. This is before the nation of Israel, before Jesus’ coming, and before the re-set from flood due to the evil-ness of man. Enoch amidst it all walked with God and God was like, “I want this guy with me” How awesome is that!

    Comment by Ken — January 6, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  134. Moses! He was so cool and great. A humble man that I can relate to sometimes! Obeying God and going through all he did! Man Praise God!

    Comment by Carmen Villegas — January 6, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

  135. Hananiah for he was a faithful man and feared God more than most (Neh 7.2).

    Comment by Don MacDonald — January 6, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

  136. Peter – Broken but strong.

    Comment by Matt Capps — January 6, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  137. I would say Elijah…love the confrontation with the prophets of Baal.

    Comment by Chad — January 6, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  138. Thomas: because he was a man of faith and obedience.

    Comment by Alex S. Leung — January 6, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

  139. Gotta go with the Apostle John. He loved to be close to Jesus.

    Comment by Nate Downey — January 6, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

  140. The Apostle Paul, because of the consistency between his ‘life and doctrine’. He had a robust vision for the supremacy and sovereignty of Christ in all things, which didn’t hinder, but instead, fueled his passion for evangelism. Also, he’s living proof that God turns rebels into worshipers.

    Comment by Alex Kloosterman — January 6, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

  141. Joseph is one I admire greatly. He trusted in difficult situations. He continued to do right, when the end was no where in site.

    Comment by Brandon Lehr — January 6, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

  142. Moses.

    Comment by Eric — January 6, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

  143. Hannah was a Godly woman who trusted God enough to give him her firstborn son.

    Comment by Hannah Wencl — January 6, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

  144. My favorite character is Thomas because he is sckiptic. We should not believe anything unless there are evidence. And that is why I came to be a Christian.

    Comment by Husain Alshehhi — January 6, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

  145. Mahershalal-hashbaz. And you thought a boy named Sue had problems.

    Comment by Doc B — January 6, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

  146. Job; God’s soverignty is so clear and good, even through evil situations and trials. He really helped me show how to give everything to Him in hard times.

    Comment by Matt Brown — January 6, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

  147. King Josiah.
    Becoming king at age 8 and being throughly jealous for the God of David by age 16. One of the few good kings and instituted great reform, leading his kingdom in major hear repentance towards God. He is a great model of humility, leadership and repentance

    Comment by Zach Korthals — January 6, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

  148. David — a man after God’s own heart in spite of his sin. A great encouragement to me!

    Comment by Stacy — January 6, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

  149. My favorite person from the Bible is Peter, not because he accomplished much but because he failed.

    And more than just failed, he failed after being told exactly how and when he would fail. And Jesus prayed for him, that after Satan had sifted him like wheat he would return and strengthen the brothers.

    That is comfort. And, that’s why I love that man.

    -joe

    Comment by Joe Helt — January 6, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

  150. James the author of the book of the same name. He shows us the practical side of Christianity and how to truly live by faith through our works.

    Comment by Jim Blanchard — January 6, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

  151. Caleb. He remained faithful to what God desired of him, even when the others did not want to enter the land. Unlike Joshua, he doesn’t get a lot of notoriety. Very underappreciated, but faithful throughout his life.

    Comment by Dan — January 6, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

  152. Timothy, because he was willing to be circumcised by Paul to ensure his acceptability to the Jews — now that’s dedication to the Gospel! (Okay, my real answer was his unwavering dedication to the Gospel as he planted churches, and his willingness to be martyred for his faith in Christ).

    Comment by Michael — January 6, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

  153. The guy in Mark 14 who runs away naked when Jesus is arrested! I suspect it was Mark…

    Comment by Matthew Hiatt — January 6, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

  154. King Saul. Obviously not because of any exemplary character qualities that he possessed (although unfortunately he had a lot of characteristics that i can relate to from time to time). I like him mostly because he is the embodiment of why our assessment of what we need isn’t always the same as God’s. God gave His people the type of king they wanted, and all he did was point to why the True King is needed.

    Comment by scott james — January 6, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

  155. I’m not sure I have a single favorite. Joseph, Nehemiah, Daniel, Peter, and Paul are all at the top of my list. If I have to coose one, however, I think Daniel is a tremendous example. From a young age, he stood strong for the convictions God had impressed upon his heart, even though he was far from home (Daniel 1). Although away from everything familar, he remained faithful through both Babylonian and Persian reigns. Then, as a older saint, he maintains his commitment and faithfulness to the Lord, even though there are costs associated with doing so (Daniel 6). What an example of faithfulness in a variety of situations as well as in every season of life.

    Comment by Darrell Deer — January 6, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

  156. Clearly Abraham…without him where would Jesus of come from? He was the one God cut his covenant with.

    Comment by G. A. Dietrich — January 6, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

  157. I think my favorite is Gideon, because he strikes me as so similar to many believers. He DOES take time to check out the messages he receives to make sure that they really are from God; Gideon DOES have serious doubts about himself: about his courage, competence as a leader and as a warrior. But once he knows that it is the Lord that is calling him and leading him, he doesn’t doubt God, and so follows through to fulfill his calling.

    Comment by Scott — January 6, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

  158. Paul the apostle – his rich gospel theology that drives him to selflessly declare, “For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” God has used Paul to bless me in more ways than I can share.

    Comment by David — January 6, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

  159. I love Jonah. A rebel who preaches grace. We serve a gracious God who lavishes His mercy on undeserving sinners.

    Comment by Joel — January 6, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

  160. Daniel, humility, Fear of God, uncompromising integrity.

    Comment by Stephen Talas — January 6, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

  161. Stephen: He preached the Gospel to the death and through his death God got the church to get on the grind.
    Acts 8:4
    Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.

    Comment by Nick Esch — January 6, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

  162. Paul. because of his passionate love for Jesus. he counted “all as loss for the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus” – inspires me to ask God to give me love for Him like that.

    Comment by Keith Coffey — January 6, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

  163. Joseph, because he’s such an encouragement to me. Through all of the trials that he faced it says that “God was with him” It’s such a simple promise, and one that I so often forget but looking at God’s hand in Joseph’s situation brings me much comfort and inspires an attitude of worship!
    Blessings
    Ron Reffett

    Comment by Ron Reffett — January 6, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

  164. Hard to narrow down. Nehemiah. Prayer. faith. Courage. Compassion. Action

    Writer of Hebrews, What a mind and spirit.

    Comment by Bob Priest — January 6, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

  165. Moses…because of the combination of incredible leadership and amazing meekness (Num 12:3).

    Comment by Kevin — January 6, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

  166. In my view Paul wins hands down.This week I’ve been reading in the book of Acts and I’m blown away by this man’s preaching and suffering for the cause of Christ. May his tribe increase.

    Comment by George D. Andres — January 6, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

  167. Paul: I’ve always admired his drive, passion and fire for the Lord Jesus.

    Comment by Sarah — January 6, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

  168. The “brother” in 2 Corinthians 8:18. He is unamned, and all he’s known for is preaching the Gospel. Not a bad legacy . . .

    Comment by Chris Lewis — January 6, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

  169. Ezra.
    Because he reminds me that a Christian must set his heart to study God’s word and to do it and to teach it to others.

    One of my first sermons was on Ezra 7:10 and it has always remained with me.

    Comment by Jeremy Sells — January 6, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  170. I have to say Jonathan. His willingness to step out with the trust that God would act on his behalf is inspiring.

    Comment by Jonathan S — January 6, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

  171. Ruth because of her steadfast dedication, determination, and hard work. And still after all that, she recognizes that the blessings she receives are due to grace, not her effort.

    Comment by Janna Coffey — January 6, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

  172. So many to choose from…but how about Isaiah? He saw the Lord high and lifted up, but he still went proclaiming to the people, “keep on hearing, but do not understand, keep on seeing but do not percieve” (Is. 6:9). That we would be this faithful to God, even if it means being his hardening agent rather than his saving one.

    Comment by Nick Loveless — January 6, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

  173. Moses. In an age such as ours where youth is deified, it is inspiring to see that the most important events in life may take place on the other side of 40 or even 80.

    Comment by Kenneth — January 6, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

  174. Abraham. The more I read through Genesis, the more I am amazed by the faith he demonstrated. It’s easy for us to look back in light of what we know, and think Abraham’s (or Abram’s at the time) decisions were no-brainers. But he was a pagan in a culture that was full of gods to choose from. Yet when he heard from the Lord, he left everything and followed. There were no forerunners who could confirm his journey would be worth it. He simply believed and it was counted to him as righteousness. Amazing faith.

    Comment by Nathan Jewett — January 6, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

  175. Heman (author of Psalm 88). He was not afraid to pour out his soul to God. He was obviously overwhelmed by his circumstances and did not understand why all of these things were happening to him. Even so, he trusted God through it all. I have been in his position and have prayed this Psalm to God through tears…

    Comment by Kevin — January 6, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

  176. Job. Every time I undergo a time of suffering and feel angry or down, I remind myself what Job went through and realize that many of the things I complain about pale in comparison to what he went through.

    Comment by Solomon Choe — January 6, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

  177. Amos, because of his commitment to sharing the Word of the Lord despite the costs.

    Comment by Dean Simmer — January 6, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

  178. Moses. Godly leadership personified.

    Comment by Terry Leap — January 6, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

  179. Dorcas, aka Tabitha, in the NT. I love her because she seems to have been just an ordinary woman who loved God, and she loved doing for others – so much so that her friends were devastated when she died. They called for Peter and he prayed for her and God restored her to life. I just love that story because it shows how God uses us common folks and how much He loves us.

    Comment by Karen Briggs — January 6, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

  180. Difficult to choose. In the OT: Joseph. He is a great example of how living in submission to God’s providence is the most God-glorifying attitude. A great example of wisdom, forgiveness and patience. In the NT: The apostle Paul. He is everything a Christian is supposed to be.

    Comment by Salvador Gomez — January 6, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

  181. My favorite Bible character is the apostle Philip (or Nathaniel). He doesn’t get much publicity in the scriptures but we see him as an intelligent, thoughtful person who was busy meditating when he came to see the Lord. He knew well the scriptures and was taken immediately with the Lord when he met Him. That is why I chose him.

    Comment by Scott Cheatham — January 6, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

  182. Peter. His failures and restorations give me great encouragement.

    Comment by Alexander Brown — January 6, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

  183. Stephen for being able to speak so boldly in the face of danger.

    Comment by Michael — January 6, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

  184. Caleb because of his character, courage, and commitment to the Word of God. I like him so much I’m naming my first son (due in April) after him.

    Comment by Jon — January 6, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

  185. Elijah. He had panache…

    Comment by Roberto — January 6, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

  186. Nehemiah, a man of prayer.

    Comment by David LaDuke — January 6, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  187. Paul – a great NT example

    Comment by Mike M. — January 6, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

  188. Phineas. He understood that God’s word was authoritative; not to be questioned, but obeyed.

    Comment by Kendrick — January 6, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

  189. David. He was courageous, compassionate, contrite and so complex. He is indubitably a man who sinned gravely, deeply, yet confessed and communicated so honestly with God. In addition, who is not in awe of his songs. Finally, Jesus was called the “son of David.”

    Comment by Zacarias Rivera — January 6, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

  190. It’s so close between Joseph and Stephen but I’ll say Stephen. In him we see one of the greatest examples of a man empowered by the Holy Spirit. I’ve always dreamed of being as bold as Stephen.

    Comment by Matt — January 6, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

  191. I like the unnamed lad in 1 Sam 20, who had to go and get the arrows. Useful to the purposes of Jonathan to pass on the correct message, without even knowing what was going on. I trust God uses me that way sometimes…

    Comment by Brian — January 6, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

  192. The Apostle John. What an experience to be “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” and have an apocalyptic revelation!

    Comment by Shannon Bond — January 6, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

  193. Since I just read this chapter today, the blind guy Jesus healed in John 9. Not only a beneficiary of a Messianic miracle, his dialogue with the Pharisees is awesome! What a testimony done in faith and glorification of the Lord. “…I was blind, now I see”.

    Amen!

    Comment by Sonja — January 6, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

  194. Favorite – ugh. – not sure I have one. I might say Paul or Isaiah or ….

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    Comment by Missional Mama — January 6, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  195. Tough call, but I have to go with Job. Job teaches us so much about faith. Through all the suffering and loss that Job went through, he never lost his faith in God Almighty. He appealed to God to deliver him from all of his suffering, but didn’t once blame God for everything that was happening to him. Job is a wonderful example for us all concerning having faith during difficult circumstances. On top of all this, Job teaches us that we aren’t privy to the reasons certain circumstances happen to us. Job did not know that God had such great trust in him. God let satan do these horrible things to Job, but he knew Job would not lose his faith. Job is such a wonderful example to us all on many different levels.

    Comment by Chad Burks — January 6, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

  196. Moses – on many occasions he didn’t trust God. His heart was weak and at times didn’t press into the Gospel. My heart, like his, often does the same thing. I often don’t trust God and don’t trust the Gospel promises. So, if God used Moses, God can use me too.

    Comment by Jon Hoover — January 6, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

  197. The thief on the Cross next to Jesus who by faith joined Him in Paradise.

    Comment by Terry Williamson — January 6, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

  198. Nehemiah for teaching us how to lead.

    Comment by Justin — January 6, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

  199. Paul for his godliness in adversity.

    Comment by Boyd — January 6, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

  200. I would have to say Paul. I know that, seems like a common answer. He understood grace. Deeply. We need more Paul’s around.

    Comment by Jason Kanz — January 6, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

  201. Eutychus – Fell asleep at church and died, still experienced God’s grace and got a second chance. (After 200 comments, hoping i’m the only one who mentioned him!)

    Comment by Keith Myer — January 6, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

  202. I will say Auctor (i.e. the author of Hebrews). There is no greater preacher (outside Jesus himself) and rhetorician in all the Bible than Auctor. His argument, logic, style, etc. are superb!

    Also, Auctor gives the greatest theological reasoning for why Christ had to become human. His understanding of why Christ as high priest is amazing.

    Also, personally speaking, the humanity of Christ and his sufferings in Hebrews are so encouraging to me! Auctor explains Jesus and portrays Jesus in such a way that I can relate to and cling to in my times of suffering.

    Comment by Clifford B. Kvidahl — January 6, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

  203. I would have to say Paul because although he came from such an educated background he was humble and totally sold out for the mission of Christ. May I be like that.

    Comment by Lauren Beck — January 6, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

  204. Probably Stephen for me. One, because he’s my namesake! Two, because he is such a strong figure in Acts of being a bold witness to the truth of the Gospel and the sinfulness of man, even in the face of death, all while displaying grace to his attackers.

    Comment by Stephen Beck — January 6, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  205. Titus ~ Faithful Pastor to our Savior

    Comment by Shane — January 6, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  206. I’ll have to go with the Philippian jailer. He’s an awesome example of how desperately we should desire to know God. In the middle of the night he takes Paul and Silas back to his house so that everyone there can hear the the Good News! It’s not often we encounter someone like him.

    Comment by Bryan Macias — January 6, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

  207. Author of “Hebrews” –
    No other single author of the epistles has stunned me into such an incredible picture of Christ in His Deity, His holiness, His effulgence, His sacrifice, His priesthood, His sovereignty, His discipline for us in perseverance, His love for us and the beautiful destiny of mankind; no other epistle is as amazing in bringing the Old and New Testaments together. Hebrews declares a deep unity of the entire Word. When reading the Epistle to the Hebrews, I feel like I am walking down a corridor with portraits of Christ hanging on both sides. Christ is the center of this epistle. It is all Christ; it is all the glory of God. The writing is beautiful, and it is rich. I am constantly challenged to think deeply and pray through Hebrews. Doctrine and practicality. I love this epistle.

    Comment by Benjamin Pennington — January 6, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

  208. I particularly like Nebuchadnezzar.
    The narrative found about Nebuchadnezzar in the book of Daniel makes low the pride of man, and exalts the sovereignty of the Lord.

    “He changes times and seasons;
    He removes kings and sets up kings”
    Daniel 2:21a

    I love the place Nebuchadnezzar is found in at the end of chapter four. The king of Babylon, who is ruler over all wickedness and vile manner of worship, this wretched king of Babylon exalts the true God and utters something beautiful:

    “At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored Him who lives forever,

    for His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
    and His kingdom endures from generation to generation;
    all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
    and He does according to His will among the host of heaven
    and among the inhabitants of the earth;
    and none can stay His hand
    or say to Him, “What have you done?”

    At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are right and His ways are just; and those who walk in pride He is able to humble.”

    Truly the Lord is Most High. Truly He is mighty. Praise be to God.

    Comment by Stephen — January 6, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

  209. Jonathan: he was a loyal friend. In turn he trusted God through his friendship with David.

    Comment by daniel — January 6, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

  210. Amos. He was an ordinary guy that God called to be one of His prophets. I really love how God uses ordinary men who are faithful.

    Comment by Jeff Highfield — January 6, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

  211. Titus: Ministering in a difficult place with integrity and faithfulness.

    Comment by Jerry — January 6, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

  212. I’m partial to my namesake, John the apostle. Without his writings, we would be missing an incredible amount of doctrine and perspective on Christ and the gospel.

    Comment by John — January 6, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

  213. I have a number of favorites, but I’ll chose the Apostle John. What I appreciate in him is the same that his namesake Jonathan showed, Loyalty. Loyalty is a virtue one doesn’t hear much about today. He had his faults, but at the cross, he was the only one of the male disciples who was there. Likely he ran away the night before when they all did, but he returned. The Lord recognized his love and loyalty by entrusting his own mother to his care. And he remained loyal to the end, even by being exile to Patmos as a very old man.

    Comment by Dan LaRue — January 6, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

  214. Nathan, Thomas, Caleb, Joshua, Elizabeth, John, Zachariah, Timothy, Paul, and Lydia — because they’re my kids’ names/middle names?!?! :) (I have 6 — all 4 boys have both first and middle Biblical names; the girls just have first names from scriptures.)

    Ok, seriously — we’ve been study Daniel this week and rereading his story has been awesome! His faithfulness is inspiring.

    Comment by Karen — January 6, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

  215. One of my favorites currently is the prophetess Anna in Luke 2 who worshipped the Lord day and night awaiting the Messiah! Going to name our new daughter after her :)

    Comment by Bentley — January 6, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

  216. Tonight I read my boys the story of Leah and Rachel. It is amazing that Leah was the one that no one wanted (her own husband didn’t want her) and God chose her to be the mother of the line (Judah) that Jesus would come from. It was a truly beautiful picture of grace, God choosing the unlovely to be His own.

    Comment by Jonathan Pearson — January 6, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

  217. John, the beloved disciple.

    Comment by Glenn Davis — January 6, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

  218. Joseph – He was used by God in a mighty way to show forgiveness, integrity, and faithfulness. Through him, God kept his promise to his covenant people and further the grand narrative of God’s redemptive story in Egypt.

    Comment by Jonathan Prater — January 6, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

  219. Paul if GOD can change Paul He can change anybody!!!!

    Comment by Charles — January 6, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

  220. Josiah. The scriptures converted him, and he caused revival in covenant Israel through scripture and not his own influence.

    Comment by Everest Liu — January 6, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

  221. I am enamored with Anna from the gospels. I think she is such an example of cherishing the presence of God and His purposes on the earth.

    Comment by Dan M — January 6, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

  222. i love mary, a young girl so scared and excited, pregnant with the christ child. what she must have thought and felt knowing she was going to deliver our deliverer.

    Comment by kjasus — January 6, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

  223. Amos, because of the ferocity of his message against Israel for its love and dependence on its wealth and prosperity. His message sounds like he is preaching in 21st century America.

    Comment by Brent Kercheville — January 6, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

  224. This week: the author of Hebrews, for bringing such a majestic picture of Christ to light. He is superior to all!

    Comment by Daniel Viezbicke — January 6, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  225. Stephen, he was humble and bold in Christ.

    Comment by John Kight — January 6, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  226. King David simply because of his repentance and understanding that it grieved God. I think that serves as a good model for repentance today. He’s a grevious sinner and a man after God’s own heart and because of Jesus that truth can be for all whom trust in Christ.

    Comment by James — January 6, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

  227. King David simply because of his repentance and understanding that it grieved God. I think that serves as a good model for repentance today. He’s a grevious sinner and a man after God’s own heart and because of Jesus that truth can be for all whom trust in Christ.

    Comment by James — January 6, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

  228. Isaiah: Many call him the fifth evangelist, I call him the first one. Just the wonderful detail he gives of Jesus death for our sins is simply amazing, especially when we consider that this revelation was given to him 700 years before Jesus came.

    Comment by Darrin Trammell — January 6, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

  229. Joseph. Always grew up hearing my Mom saying, be like Joseph. He stuck with God. Did what was right. His life embodies Romans 8:28 as living proof that God is faithful to take all the hardships and use it for our good.

    Comment by raddestnerd — January 6, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

  230. I love Habakkuk because I think he is such a good example of how to deal well with being frustrated with God

    Comment by Joanna — January 6, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

  231. Every time I read the account of Dorcas/Tabitha I slow down to read every word and try to imagine what she was like. Perhaps because I like to sew and do various kinds of needlework, I feel an affinity for her. “She was full of good works and acts of charity.” (Acts 9:36) I love that.

    Comment by Sabine — January 6, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

  232. Joseph of Nazareth- He reflects God’s mercy in his response to finding out about Mary’s pregnancy. He reflects faith by taking Mary to be his wife after the Lord revealed his will. He reflects obedience in his protecting and nurturing Mary and Jesus and in the raising of the Christ child. He reflects humility in that there is not an account of him revealing or using his role in the life of Jesus. God has quietly removed him from the stage of history when Christ rises to read in the temple. We may never comprehend the influence this carpenter of Nazareth has on our own lives.

    Comment by Wayne Freeman — January 6, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

  233. Id have to say Paul. His complete transformation from murderer to slave is amazing in so many ways.

    Comment by Aaron Sellars — January 7, 2012 @ 12:05 am

  234. Lazarus- Christ raised him from the dead therefore he had seen the truth of eternity and could have proclaimed Jesus a charlatan but instead they were wanting to kill him because of his testimony. His testimony? “Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at the table.” John 12:2. Because he could have pointed out the fake he became a great testimony to the truth of Jesus.

    Comment by Karen Freeman — January 7, 2012 @ 12:23 am

  235. My favorite person is Isaiah. He was called on to do some strange things and he did them all for his God. Like Job, he had strong eyes of faith.

    Comment by Brooke — January 7, 2012 @ 12:24 am

  236. Judah (the tribe of) – because he cut of the thumbs and big toes of Adoni-bezek.

    Comment by Roy Garza — January 7, 2012 @ 12:38 am

  237. Hmmm – lots of people to choose from ;) I’ll probably have to go with a childhood favourite: Joseph. Such an amazing journey of faith, and such a clear example of God having a much bigger plan outside of the suffering of an individual.

    Comment by mrben — January 7, 2012 @ 12:56 am

  238. David. To see that someone so favored by God but yet have so many imperfections.

    Comment by Brian — January 7, 2012 @ 1:02 am

  239. Moses. He served God faithfully while leading a massive throng of people through a wilderness. While doing so he taught, judged, cajoled, prayed, cried out and lead folks who belly-ached the whole while. Moses was so faithful and strong though not perfect and needing a savior, too.

    Comment by Don Lord — January 7, 2012 @ 1:49 am

  240. Paul. Because of Philippians 3:7-14.

    Comment by Kirill — January 7, 2012 @ 3:13 am

  241. T imid and was tempted, yet willing and obedient
    I ndepedant yet dependant on God to take on the task of pastoring the Ephesus Church.
    M oments of weakness gave room to Spirit led maturity.
    O ften surrounded by opposition to true gospel yet he stood firm.
    T ested thru trial, suffered thru prisonment, yet emerged as faithful.
    H umble servant of God, true son to Paul, pastor of thousands
    Y outhful and inspiring, testimony of spiritual sonship

    Timothy has been a name mentioned by the canonical epistles ie of Paul, yet without any direct narration; how we know him is from how he was described by the great Apostle Paul- his spiritual mentor; any great legacy needs a son, any propagation of truth need new generation of emergent and daring preacher. While Paul found Timothy, we found encouragement; as God establish his doctrine, the church found it’s sound preacher; as the world exalt young charismatic leader, the bible tell us God looks for something else here- one who would endure and suffer- like his father and his Lord did- ‘ there is no one like ‘ – Timothy.

    Comment by Timothy Liew — January 7, 2012 @ 3:22 am

  242. Paul for passionately pursuing the ways of God.

    Comment by Mark Alexander — January 7, 2012 @ 4:15 am

  243. Samuel. As a boy he didn’t yet even know the Lord, yet when he heard God calling his name he responded. He supposed it was the priest Eli at first, but once Eli realized it was the Lord, Samuel was obedient to respond to God as a servant willing to hear the word of the Lord. And just look at how that all turned out!

    Comment by Andrew Bowen — January 7, 2012 @ 5:25 am

  244. Hosea, his relentless love for and commitment to his wife.

    Comment by Don Gale — January 7, 2012 @ 6:23 am

  245. Peter. I have always liked him because I share his name. He also reminds me that God can use any ordinary person to do great things for the kingdom.

    Comment by Peter Stevens — January 7, 2012 @ 6:44 am

  246. Barnabas…He was a man who gave generously of all of his possessions to the church. He also was willing to vouch for Saul (after his conversion) before the apostles when they were all afraid of him.

    Comment by Mark T. Collins — January 7, 2012 @ 6:53 am

  247. Jonah: as he sat on the hillside, he thought he knew what should happen better than God. Remembering his attitude helps me keep an eye on my attitude — to make sure that I don’t put my plans ahead of God’s.

    Comment by John L — January 7, 2012 @ 7:13 am

  248. Simeon, the prophet who had been told by God that he would not die until he’d seen the salvation of Israel.

    Comment by Richard — January 7, 2012 @ 7:21 am

  249. Ebed-melech, cf. Jeremiah 38:7-13
    I love this brother for his uncompromising spirit and willingness to stand for truth and justice in a culture of wickedness. Reading about his grace given courage and wisdom in rescuing Jeremiah from the cistern and God’s subsequent rescue of him, cf. Jeremiah 39:16-18 is both humbling and challenging.

    Comment by Louis — January 7, 2012 @ 7:30 am

  250. Paul. The complete reversal in his course in life shows how awesome God is and that he can use anyone no matter what their past is.

    Comment by Nathan Stitt — January 7, 2012 @ 8:15 am

  251. Salomon. Because of his wisdom he get from god.

    Comment by eddi — January 7, 2012 @ 8:26 am

  252. Samuel cause he finished his life well and was considered faithful even though he never held the spotlight like David.

    Comment by Mike — January 7, 2012 @ 9:00 am

  253. Josiah. His passion, courage, humility and vision in bringing reform to His people even at such a young age and with such opposition give me hope and encouragement for today.

    Comment by Mark Elliott — January 7, 2012 @ 9:02 am

  254. Noah. “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation.” Genesis 6:9 ESV

    Comment by Don — January 7, 2012 @ 9:05 am

  255. Job would be my favorite man in the Bible because he was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil Job 1:1 . Many people hold Job up as the picture of a man who persevered through testing and was steadfast in his faith. While this is not inaccurate – James does affirm Job as remaining steadfast James 5:11 – the purpose of the Lord in the testing of Job was God’s compassion and mercy in the life of Job James 5:11 .

    Comment by Kevin Amundson — January 7, 2012 @ 9:22 am

  256. Joseph anchored himself to God, and he put his trust in him. Even with betrayal, hardship, accusations, and prison, Joseph held his gaze. After many years of endurance, he was placed in a life of luxury and given much power. Even then, Joseph realized that it was all for Gods glory and his sovereign will.

    “And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.” (Genesis 45:5 ESV)

    Comment by John — January 7, 2012 @ 9:34 am

  257. Has to be Nehemiah! Here is why:

    1) STATURE: He is the second shortest person in the bible (first is Bildad the “shoe-height.” Knee-High-Miah is a little taller.

    2) PRAYER: He has the shortest (Neh 2:4) prayers in the Bible.

    3) WHIMSICAL: When Sanballat opposed the building of the wall and mocked the Jews (feedble Jews; a fox can break it down), he prayed that God would turn their taunt on their own heads, plunder their land and blot them out. After that, in a matter-of-fact manner, he states, “So we built the wall …” Neh 4:5

    4) SENSE OF HUMOR: In response to a conspiratorial invitation to a meeting, he states, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.” Neh 6:3. In response to false accusations he replied, “… you are inventing them (accusations) out of your own mind.” Neh 6:8.

    5) MAN OF ACTION: Threw out Tobiah’s household furniture out of God’s courts.

    6) MAN OF REAL ACTION: “I confronted them and cursed them and beat some of them and pulled out their hair.”

    Comment by Karthik Abram — January 7, 2012 @ 9:38 am

  258. My favorite man is Paul because he lived in view of God’s mercies and in His return.

    Comment by Christina — January 7, 2012 @ 9:59 am

  259. I like the Preacher from Ecclesiastes:

    Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
    vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
    What does man gain by all the toil
    at which he toils under the sun?
    (Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 ESV)

    His closing remarks bring a great summary to his book:

    The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

    (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 ESV)

    Comment by Brad Myers — January 7, 2012 @ 10:06 am

  260. Timothy. His faith heritage mirrors my own.

    Comment by Brian Baker — January 7, 2012 @ 10:44 am

  261. Abigail; because of her ingenuity and Diplomacy. (1st Samuel 25)

    Comment by Koleesa Amundson — January 7, 2012 @ 11:06 am

  262. Moses. His influence is everywhere. He’s the first one to write of the gospel, and his writings of the gospel are found in every book of the Bible. We’d have no Pauline theology with out Moses’ theology first, which of course is God given.

    Comment by Allen — January 7, 2012 @ 11:06 am

  263. I suppose I will go with Ezra.
    He was an expositor who set his heart to study the Word, practice the Word in his life, and teach it to others.

    Comment by Jesse Benack — January 7, 2012 @ 11:07 am

  264. Joseph. “What you meant for evil, God intended for good” has resonated with me several times in my life and I also love his example of faithful living in spite of dire circumstances.

    Comment by Dave Shoop — January 7, 2012 @ 11:07 am

  265. The centurion in Matthew 8. Jesus said of him “with no one in Israel have I found such faith.”

    Comment by Jason Worsley — January 7, 2012 @ 11:11 am

  266. Amos: man of no fear in opreaching the Word.

    Comment by hal warren — January 7, 2012 @ 11:13 am

  267. My favorite biblical person is the Apostle Paul. He was humble, compassionate, intense and he never gave up in spite of incredible obstacles.

    Comment by Cary Paulk — January 7, 2012 @ 11:14 am

  268. My favorite character is Peter because of the encouragement I get from his story. He has doubts and troubles, and he denies Jesus, but Jesus prays that his faith will not fail. Peter is kept by the Lord, and upon receiving power from the Spirit, becomes one of the boldest and fearless preachers of the gospel. This means that any Christian (including myself) who has failure in their past has hope in Jesus, and power from the Spirit available to them for bold witness.

    Comment by Kole — January 7, 2012 @ 11:14 am

  269. Barnabas. I named my dog after him.

    Comment by Mark Dodd — January 7, 2012 @ 11:15 am

  270. Peter because we see God tame and use his boldness for God’s glory.

    Comment by Brandon — January 7, 2012 @ 11:18 am

  271. Actually, I don’t like the single column. Too many words at a glance.

    Comment by Jim Cassidy — January 7, 2012 @ 11:19 am

  272. But, my fav is the First Adam. Why? Duh, because he points to the second Adam, of course!

    Comment by Jim Cassidy — January 7, 2012 @ 11:19 am

  273. The apostle Paul. Tenaciously committed to Christ and orthodox doctrine. Yet, at the same time, a wonderful caring shepherd to the churches.

    Comment by David Thommen — January 7, 2012 @ 11:22 am

  274. I’m going to be un-creative and go with Paul. Adult conversion, called to preach the Word… I can relate, except for the whole apostle thing.

    Comment by Jason Piteo — January 7, 2012 @ 11:24 am

  275. Ezra has always been an encouragement because he came not only to study and teach the Word of God, but also to live it (Ezra 7:10).

    Comment by Andrew Klausen — January 7, 2012 @ 11:25 am

  276. Peter, because he provides such a wonderful, flesh-and-blood picture of what it’s like to follow Jesus, warts and all.

    Full of sin, Peter knows his Master’s voice and leaps out of the boat for breakfast. Full of passion, tears, love, and weakness, he is a model of authentic discipleship without religiousity, mind trips, or cliche. And Jesus describes such as a man (or his faith) as a rock. And he has been for me.

    Comment by Alan W. — January 7, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  277. At the moment, my favorite is Simeon from Luke. I more and more long for the appearing of our Savior…how great it would have been to be Simeon and be able to say after waitng for the Redeemer: “my eyes have seen your salvation.”

    Comment by Michael — January 7, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  278. Peter. God’s work in his life turned him around and led him to be a bold proclaimer of the Gospel to the Jews.

    Comment by mike evans — January 7, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  279. My favorite is the unnamed individual in Micah 7:7-9, who speaks (in 1st-person singular) as a representative of all believers in all ages, and whose experience reflects an intimately experienced gospel-journey: “As for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me… when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me… He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication.” I pray this for myself and others.

    Comment by Thomas Womack — January 7, 2012 @ 11:47 am

  280. Solomon. Because he clearly had his priorities straight with respect to asking of God what ever he wished. (2 Chronicles 1). Not that he necessarily used the wisdom and knowledge that God gave him in proper ways through the remainder of his life, but his initial request was outstanding.

    Comment by Chuck Thomas — January 7, 2012 @ 11:52 am

  281. David: He was a man after God’s own heart. Yet he too has nothing of his own-but the goodness of God’s mercy. He is totally dependent on God for his life, his forgiveness and his salvation.

    Comment by Heather — January 7, 2012 @ 11:58 am

  282. My favorite character is Job. Why? Because by God’s grace He was so counter-world. When the world sees suffering, they say that ‘life must really be a pain for you’. While that may be true in some respects, the fact is, Job was still living infinitely more joyfully than the rest of the world. Why? Because even in the midst of his suffering, God enabled Him to worship with soul-satisfying intent.

    Job is a great model for all, namely, that we should seek our happiness in God at all times, regardless of the situation. In all this, God is beautifully glorified, and we are overwhelmingly satisfied. That, my friends, is a glorious, glorious thing.

    Comment by Jordan — January 7, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

  283. My favorite man in the Bible is Isaiah, one of the prophets. His ministry during impossible days and conditions, and to an impossible people is encouraging. But even more than that, he had faith to hope in the coming Messiah. His message was one that he believed. I pray that I am able to be as faithful to proclaiming Christ as Isaiah was.

    Comment by Corey Sosebee — January 7, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

  284. Joshua (and not just because we share a name), because of his courage and incredible trust in the Lord while doing the seemingly impossible task of filling Moses’ shoes and leading the Israelites in holiness and conquest.

    Comment by Josh Cahan — January 7, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

  285. Paul. No one better exemplifies a gospel centered life than he.

    Comment by Dayton — January 7, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

  286. King David:
    Because of his dual nature.
    WARRIOR / WORSHIPER
    Because it’s the type of men HIS Church needs.
    Because it’s the type of man I’m striving to be

    Comment by A.J. Walls — January 7, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

  287. King David, he sought after God’s heart and wrote psalms

    Comment by rs136 — January 7, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

  288. My favorite Bible character is the apostle John, the “apostle of love.” He was fiery and zealous for the truth, yet tender and full of affection.

    Comment by Ivan M. — January 7, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

  289. Nehemiah, because he feared the Lord and no one else. And he pulled people by the hair to get their attention!

    Comment by Van Edwards — January 7, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

  290. Ruth, because of her faithfulness and loyalty.

    Comment by Christa Edwards — January 7, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

  291. Ehud. He did what needed to be done, without fear and for the people of God. He was as innocent as a dove yet as shrewd as a serpent. And it’s a really good story!

    Comment by Jr — January 7, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

  292. It’s almost an impossibly difficult question, but my first instinct is to lean toward John the Baptist. He was the quintessential early adopter. I love Paul and the apostles, the new testament writers, and everyone else who lived so powerfully for the name and renown of Jesus; but they all had the resurrection of Christ to reassure them of the power of their message. John had faith that his message would be fulfilled.

    John the Baptist was apparently winsome, passionate, and convincing, yet we have no record of him leveraging those gifts for personal gain. He wanted to make way for a Savior. He trusted God that the arrival of the nation’s messiah was imminent, and pleaded with people to follow him. He was the first sail hoister for the Jesus movement, a door-holder that deflected the throngs of people ready to follow him to instead worship Jesus. He kept that humility even when the savior himself lended veracity to John’s movement by asking John to baptize him. He didn’t jump on the opportunity to be God’s favorite, he deferred to the glory of Christ and served in worship. He’s a man we should all respect.

    Also, you now where I’d really like to read about him? In one of those fancy-pants new Bibles.

    Comment by Will Simpson — January 7, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

  293. Paul because it show’s how faithful God is to use the vilest of sinners.

    Comment by Ross Parmly — January 7, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

  294. It’s almost an impossibly difficult question, but my first instinct is to lean toward John the Baptist. He was the quintessential early adopter. I love Paul and the apostles, the new testament writers, and everyone else who lived so powerfully for the name and renown of Jesus; but they all had the resurrection of Christ to reassure them of the power of their message. John had faith that his message would be fulfilled.

    John the Baptist was apparently winsome, passionate, and convincing, yet we have no record of him leveraging those gifts for personal gain. He wanted to make way for a Savior. He trusted God that the arrival of the nation’s messiah was imminent, and pleaded with people to follow him. He was the first sail hoister for the Jesus movement, a door-holder that deflected the throngs of people ready to follow him to instead worship Jesus. He kept that humility even when the savior himself lended veracity to John’s movement by asking John to baptize him. He didn’t jump on the opportunity to be God’s favorite, he deferred to the glory of Christ and served in worship. He’s a man we should all respect.

    Also, you now where I’d really like to read about him? In one of those fancy-pants new Bibles.

    Comment by Will Simpson — January 7, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

  295. I’m going to say Esther, for beautifully portraying the beauty of womenhood in her faith in the sovereignty of God, obedience to Mordecai, and righteous submission to her husband the king.

    Comment by Kurtis — January 7, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

  296. Definitely I would say Peter because he was a firecracker of a guy and was constantly trying to do well but sometimes messing up but always depending on Jesus and I am sure that he is safely home with Jesus now.

    Comment by Dave Tucker — January 7, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

  297. Samuel because he never stopped trying to do the right thing even if a king tried to stop him and he also followed God’s words.

    Comment by Sammy (8yrs old) — January 7, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

  298. Jesus because he saved us from our sins and did many miracles helping people.

    Comment by Nate (10 yrs old) — January 7, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

  299. Lydia has been one of my favorites for a while now. I’m not sure, but it may have started because my favorite color used to be purple. She is a great woman of faith.

    Comment by Vanessa — January 7, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

  300. Paul, I think the explanation is pretty clear given he wrote the majority of the NT, great guy, can’t wait to meet him!

    Comment by Dustin B — January 7, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

  301. My favorite character is Joseph because of his resolve to be faithful to the Lord without knowing what’s going on.

    Comment by Kevin McCauley — January 7, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

  302. Paul, because he didn’t let his past get in the way of following God.

    Comment by William Feeney — January 7, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  303. I love Mary Magdalene because she was such a bad person and become one of Christ’s most devoted followers!

    Comment by Jennifer Short — January 7, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  304. My favorite character would be Elijah. The despair sequence of 1 Kings 19 resonates with me.

    Comment by Austin — January 7, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

  305. Barnabas-he was an encourager.

    Comment by Rod — January 7, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

  306. Lydia – Acts 16 – “the LORD opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul”

    Will be the name of our 1st daughter

    Comment by taylor — January 7, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

  307. Recently it’s Joseph due to Alistair Begg’s excellent series on him.

    Comment by JackW — January 7, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  308. Peter. Always talking big, but not always backing it up. But he didn’t stay there. Christ used him to build the foundation of church.

    Comment by Casey — January 7, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

  309. I like Zacchaeus. He was so enthusiastic about seeing Jesus. We need that kind of enthusiasm in and out of the church today.

    Comment by J. Daniel Walker — January 7, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

  310. My new favorite person is Jonah. His whole story is a picture of our own salvation. From our wholehearted rejection of God and his law, to our resulting sinking to our death, but then the undeserved salvation by a loving Father. Jonah represents me in his obstinance, his pride, and his unbelief. But He also represents me as a child chosen for great purposes despite those things. Thank you Lord!

    Comment by Jonathan Cardo — January 7, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  311. Timothy. Paul said he put first the things of Jesus (Phil. 2:21), even though he had his own fears and weaknesses. He encourages all of us who need strength not to give up.

    Comment by Robert — January 7, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  312. My favorite man from the Holy Bible is Joseph of Nazareth. He is the ideal father and husband. He lived in a society that demanded virginity in a bride, and yet he was prepared to marry a girl who was already with child, a child whom he knew was not his. His strength gives me courage to sort out God’s will in trying situations.

    Comment by Keanu Heydari — January 7, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

  313. Nehemiah, for his commitment to return to covenant faithfulness.

    Comment by Garrett — January 7, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

  314. I love to read about Micaiah. He was faithful to speak the truth of God, even when it cost him a great deal personally.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    Comment by Reagan Marsh — January 7, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  315. David. He was an ordinary nobody chosen by God to be a mighty king. There was nothing he child have done to deserve his kingship, it was only by God’s grace.

    Comment by Mike Lang — January 7, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

  316. Joseph because what was meant for evil, God used for good.

    Comment by Kyle Moore — January 7, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

  317. I’ll have to go with Jeremiah. Ministry was around 70 years. I have to admire a man who can stand against the wicked people of Judah for that long.

    Comment by Jeffrey — January 7, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

  318. Josiah is one of my favorite “characters” in all of Scripture because he was a man who from a young age sought the Lord and brought his people back to a worship of the Lord. He is someone who gives me great encouragement because it does not matter your age God can and will use you for His glory. Also it is an encouragement to know that in spite of ourselves God will bring Himself glory.

    Comment by Greg Moering, Jr — January 7, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

  319. Deborah, because God uses her to lead his people

    Comment by david carlson — January 7, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

  320. I love the story of Simeon, who the Lord blessed by allowing him to hold the infant Messiah.

    Comment by Matt Stewart — January 7, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

  321. I just preached on Simeon and Anna. Though these people have really little said about them, Simeon amazed me. I think he’s my favorite right now.

    Comment by Tim Etherington — January 7, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

  322. David. Fatally flawed, not impressive from a human perspective, but chosen as God’s instrument. A man after God’s own heart.

    Comment by Mark Harvey — January 7, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

  323. David is my favorite character. He went from young Shepard boy to King. He went through life with difficulties but still praised God. He lusted, followed that by sending the man married to the one he lusted over to his death. He had a child with her and then the child died. But he still had faith in God.

    Comment by Lynn — January 7, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

  324. Jonathan – He saw God’s hand on David and loved him. He strengthened David’s hand in God.

    Comment by Mark Norman — January 7, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

  325. So hard to just pick one, but I’m going to say the Apostle Paul. I identify very much with him, in my hostility towards Christianity, and disdain for the religion of Christ. That is of course until he got my attention and removed the scales from my eyes. His disdain and animosity was turned into passion, drive, and desire to serve this Savior. I can really identify with that, as God has done something similar in my life.

    Comment by Chris Canuel — January 7, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  326. Joshua is one of my favorite men in the Bible.

    Followed by Moses, Joshua lead Israelite to the promise land. He’s the only one who asked to God and had stopped the Sun. And He and his family were faithful.

    Comment by Dong — January 7, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

  327. My favorite character is Gideon because he seems to be the easiest for me to relate to. His humility is admirable, and his accomplishments can only be described as “God-sized”.

    Comment by Allen W. Baker — January 7, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  328. One of my favorite people from the Bible is Enoch. He walked with God!

    Comment by Dan Cogan — January 7, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

  329. We don’t hear much about Joseph after the nativity. But he was faithful, obedient, and served God as Jesus’ guardian.

    Comment by Brian Garrison — January 7, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

  330. Definitely John the Baptist – not only did he eat bugs and wear something on the comfort level of burlap, he really didn’t care what people thought of him and delivered the simple message to repent and prepare the way for Jesus. His polarizing demeanor was merely a part of his uncompromising obedience to God.

    Comment by Dan — January 7, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

  331. As a pastor, one of my recent favourites has become Epaphras. Paul tells us that Epaphras constantly prayed for the saints at Colossae that they would stand mature and fully assured in everything God wills. I pray that one day someone says that of me.

    Comment by Sean — January 7, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

  332. I have to go with the man who was born blind in John chapter 9 too. He’s got to be one of the funniest and gutsiest people in the whole Bible! He put up with the inane questioning from the Pharisees until he had just had it up to here, and then he fired one across the bow. “I answered all your questions already, but you wouldn’t listen. Why are you so interested in this guy anyway? Do you want to join his ministry team or something?” Hehe!! Okay, I paraphrased a little, but the quote from the Bible is still priceless. I doubt that many people would have had the courage to talk back to those powerful guys like that, even though anyone could have seen that they were being ridiculous. I hope they didn’t do something awful to the guy to retaliate.

    Comment by Michael Jones — January 7, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

  333. Peter
    I see myself in Peter, denying Christ and failing miserably, then finding salvation through His mercy. There is no one better than Peter to write about the living hope we have through the resurrected Christ (1 Peter 1:3-8).

    Comment by Meredith — January 7, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

  334. The Preacher of Ecclesiastes. Why? Because he exposed the unimportance of almost everything.

    Comment by Kevin J. Navarro — January 7, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

  335. Joshua… Mainly because of his devotion to YHWH. In Exodus 33, both Joshua and Moses are inside the tent of meeting seeking the LORD. Verse 11b states that “When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent”. That is awesome! Joshua would not depart from the tent… God was there. I would not want to leave the tent either.

    Comment by Aaron — January 7, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

  336. Paul due to his zeal for the gospel and foreign missions

    Comment by Alec — January 7, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

  337. Thomas – struggled with the Truth, but then took it greatest distance…

    Comment by Joel Enoch Wood — January 8, 2012 @ 3:01 am

  338. Peter. His honest/dishonest mistakes, humble/proud words, and ultimately his “finishing well” (by the power of the Holy Spirit in his life) exhorts me to keep my eyes on Christ and press on!

    Comment by Scott Keithley — January 8, 2012 @ 7:37 am

  339. Among my favorites is Joseph, a man who was able (by the Spirit of Christ) to endure betrayal, resist temptation, deny self, and forgive those who hurt him–all stemming from a steadfast belief in the sovereignty of God. Not only a powerful example, but a powerful foreshadowing of the One to come.

    Comment by Mark A Powell — January 8, 2012 @ 7:54 am

  340. Paul surely must be my favorite, though I will certainly not be alone in that choice. God sovereignly chose a Jew of the Jews to become His Apostle to the Gentiles. This fact alone sets Paul apart from the Jerusalem Apostles.

    After knocking him off his horse and temporarily blinding him for three days, God sent Ananias to minister to him, open his eyes and tell him all the things he must suffer for Christ’s sake.

    So much for our modern day seeker friendly methods. God boldly reveals to this brand new convert the dark future that was awaiting him in this world, though Paul’s long term future in stark contrast to this short term future had suddenly become blindingly bright.

    Today as we consider Paul’s sufferings in hindsight, it takes the breath away. God’s grace enabled Paul to not only faithfully complete his race but by to do so with great joy.

    Paul never lost sight of where he had come from. In absolute humility he habitually referred to himself as the chief of sinners, which more than explains his ministry long tender heartedness toward both Jew and Gentile.

    Paul truly was a trophy of God’s free grace which should cause all to fall to their knees in praise and adoration of Paul’s God, for Paul’s God truly does save to the uttermost all those who come to God through Christ.

    That is why Paul is my favorite for his life and example drives me not to the pot but to the Potter, who alone is worthy of all honor, praise and glory. AMEN & AMEN

    Comment by Neil Anderson — January 8, 2012 @ 8:14 am

  341. I would have to say Paul, with such a pedigree he says in Phil 3 he counts all Gain as loss for knowing Jesus Christ, that is a man who the Grace of God had fallen. Praise be to God!!!

    Comment by Sean Dittman — January 8, 2012 @ 8:16 am

  342. Zechariah because he could wait and be righteous at the same time.

    Comment by Nick wasch — January 8, 2012 @ 8:39 am

  343. The disciple Thomas. His experience of doubt mirrors my own and gives me hope that one day I will emerge and be willing to give my life for the sake of Jesus and His gospel. He proves that Jesus does not cast aside those who doubt; He ministers to them.

    Comment by Jonathan Biddle — January 8, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  344. Abraham because of the comination of his great faith and sometimes lack of faith.

    Comment by John Hutson — January 8, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

  345. Phinehas the son of Eleazar the high priest because he was zealous for the LORD His God and jealous for His glory and acted immediately on what the Spirit of God was telling him to do, thus sparing the Israelites from further judgment. He was given great credit by the Lord. We need more men and women like this in the church today willing to do bold deeds as the Lord requires!

    Comment by Arnold Fishman — January 8, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  346. I’ve always liked Joseph because his story reminds me that God is always working for good, even when I don’t understand my current life circumstances.

    Comment by Mike — January 8, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

  347. Nehemiah. He was given an overwhelming task and he went to work at it with God’s help and accomplished it.

    Comment by Stephen — January 8, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

  348. Mary. Even as a young woman she trusted God and desired for him to be glorified in. She did not question God or his purposes.

    Comment by Tammy — January 8, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

  349. David is my favorite character feel the Bible. I appreciate his example of messing up, being honest before God, and encouraging the rest of us who live with human frailty and sinfulness. David’s example of repentance in the face of confrontation is truly an example for us all.

    Comment by Greg Woodard — January 8, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  350. Timothy – he was a faithful pastor; he was a humble in that he followed the example of the apostle Paul; he was a servant of the gospel.

    Comment by Jeff B. — January 8, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

  351. Lazarus.

    Death is the great slayer, sin its hideous scythe. Secularists often talk about progress and evolution, of men synthesizing life and the breath of life kindled from within wires and circuitry, of test tube babies and cybernetics, of extraterrestial and extradimensional lifeforms and alien intelligence. But what they forget is death is what the living always carry within them. Even T. nutricula will expire with Earth’s last breath.

    As Christians we thank God from our deepest depths for Christ has vanquished sin and death on the cross. He fought the enemy to the death but emerged victorious in his risen life. Thus we can reach out our hand, pluck the precious fruit, take and eat from the cross-tree of life, and live forever. Immune to the sin-sickness which leads to death.

    Nevertheless we toil betwixt the already and not-yet. Although Christ is the firstfruits, and we in Christ too, we will not reap the full harvest until he comes again. By and by as we await his return we groan in our sinful flesh.

    Lazarus of Bethany died not once but twice. From life to death to life to death again. Life intermingled with death. What must it have been like to have been appointed to die twice? What must it have been like to strike out on the blackwaters of the river of death twice? What must it have been like to have seen the albion shores, to have breathed in the breath of heaven, to have come home to Abraham’s bosom only to have to say farewell once more?

    He must’ve been hard pressed between the two, his heart aching to stay, for that is far better, but to go back more necessary. But, no! To be with Christ is what’s far better. And Christ had not yet been glorified. Thus to go back was worth the cost, to go back to look on his face, his beautiful face, his thorn-shadowed face, and still wish he could have given him more.

    And Lazarus came forth.

    Comment by rockingwithhawking — January 8, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

  352. Boaz, because of the exemplary character he showed. He didn’t compartmentalize his walk with God – it was evident at work, at home, and everywhere he went.

    Comment by Roger Lauck — January 8, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  353. Lazarus.

    Death is the great slayer, sin its hideous scythe. Secularists often talk about progress and evolution, of men synthesizing life and the breath of life kindled from within wires and circuitry, of test tube babies and cybernetics, of extraterrestial and extradimensional lifeforms and alien intelligence. But what they forget is death is what the living always carry within them.

    As Christians we thank God from our deepest depths for Christ has vanquished sin and death on the cross. He fought the enemy to the death but emerged victorious in his risen life. Thus we can reach out our hand, pluck the precious fruit, take and eat from the cross-tree of life, and live forever.

    Nevertheless we toil betwixt the already and not-yet. Although Christ is the firstfruits, and we in Christ too, we will not reap the full harvest until he comes again. By and by as we await his return we groan in our sinful flesh.

    Lazarus of Bethany died not once but twice. From life to death to life to death again. Life intermingled with death. What must it have been like to have been appointed to die twice? What must it have been like to strike out on the blackwaters of the river of death twice? What must it have been like to have seen the albion shores, to have breathed in the breath of heaven, to have come home to Abraham’s bosom only to have to say farewell once more?

    He must’ve been hard pressed between the two, his heart aching to stay, for that is far better, but to go back more necessary. But, no! To be with Christ is far better. And Christ had not yet been glorified. Thus to go back was worth the cost, to go back to look on his face, his beautiful face, his thorn-shadowed face, and still wish he could have given him more.

    And Lazarus came forth.

    Comment by rockingwithhawking — January 8, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

  354. I’ve been thinking lately about the woman with the issue of blood===her faith has been a great encouragement to me, while her miraculous healing at the hem of Jesus’ robe fills me with hope!

    Comment by Erin H. — January 8, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

  355. Luke, because of his meticulous attention to detail.

    Comment by Mike H. — January 8, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

  356. Abraham, because he is the father of all those who would believe and be justified by faith.

    Comment by David Vagnerini — January 8, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

  357. Moses – Such a great example of how God can use anyone if they trust in Him

    Comment by Emily — January 8, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

  358. I don’t know that I have a “favorite”, but one I admire is Joshua. He is a good example of godly manhood and leadership. He obeyed those appointed over him and God. He had confidence that what he was doing was right. He renewed the covenant and set a memorial to be used as an instruction for future generations. He instructed the people not to turn to the right hand or to the left, and under his leadership Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua.

    Comment by Luke Thompson — January 8, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

  359. Stephen is certainly a favorite. The man wasn’t even called to the apostolic ministry focus of prayer/Word and yet he was described in life as “…full of grace and power” and as “…doing great wonders and signs among the people.” He engaged in great public disputes regarding Christ, and his opponents “could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.” That’s remarkable for a man called to distribute food! And before his accusers his “face was like the face of an angel.” And in his death beheld and proclaim Christ’s glory as the first martyr. A mighty work of God the Holy Spirit indeed!

    Comment by Tim Wilcoxson — January 9, 2012 @ 12:31 am

  360. Gotta love Mark – the naked young man who ended up being used powerfully in local church and contributed to the Bible? God’s sovereign grace in action!

    Comment by Sam Isaacson — January 9, 2012 @ 3:36 am

  361. Mephibosheth and, by proxy, David. What a great example of grace in the Old Testament!

    Comment by Brandon Smith — January 9, 2012 @ 7:11 am

  362. Mephibosheth – an unqualified man called to sit at the King’s table on the grounds of the King’s grace. ‘Nuff said.

    “Your blood has washed away my sin
    Jesus, thank You
    The Father’s wrath completely satisfied
    Jesus, thank You
    Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table
    Jesus, thank You.”

    Comment by Stuart — January 9, 2012 @ 7:45 am

  363. Stephen: one who knew what it meant to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

    Comment by Aaron Edmonds — January 9, 2012 @ 8:00 am

  364. Ruth – a great example of a daughter of God.

    Comment by MindyD — January 9, 2012 @ 8:05 am

  365. Paul: no one expounded the work of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit like he did!

    Comment by FreddyT — January 9, 2012 @ 9:40 am

  366. I have to go with Paul, because he contributed so much towards Christian theology.

    Comment by Ben — January 9, 2012 @ 9:47 am

  367. I love the story of Joseph, and a friend of mine recently helped me connect it more firmly to the story of Scripture by showing that God’s purpose behind Joseph’s trials was not merely “saving much people alive” (50:20), but saving a specific people, the holy seed (45:7).

    Comment by Mark L. Ward, Jr. — January 9, 2012 @ 10:14 am

  368. Shadrack, Meschach, and Abednigoh who said when threatened with the fiery furnace: “17 If this be so, nour God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

    Comment by Jim Chandler — January 9, 2012 @ 10:28 am

  369. Ezra – Is states of him, “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel,” (7:10). I want to be a modern day Ezra.

    Comment by Jason Snyder — January 9, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

  370. Stephen – a small character in the Bible whose faith, love and sacrifice had a huge impact on the world then and now.

    Comment by David Langdon — January 9, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

  371. My favorite is Paul, because of the boldness that he shared the gospel with, and his commitment to preach the true gospel!

    Comment by Peter — January 9, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

  372. I have to go with Paul. He is a great model for living and speaking with both truth and grace!

    Comment by Tianna — January 9, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  373. Mine would be Paul, for his boldness in preaching the gospel and his commitment to preach to true gospel!

    Comment by Peter — January 9, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

  374. Nehemiah. He comes onto the scene at my favorite time period in Israel’s history. I love his passion for God’s City and God’s Law.

    Comment by Matt Morales — January 9, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

  375. Onesimus was once useless but after his conversion became useful.

    Comment by walter bright — January 9, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

  376. I love Isaiah. From the very beginning God told him his ministry would essentially fail from human perspectives (I.e. everyone would ignore him out of hardness of heart cf. Isa. 6), but after being in the presence of the Hold God he was faithful until death, and his ministry made up some of the foundational texts for the Messianic Prophecies.

    Comment by James Whitten — January 9, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  377. Peter for his zeal.

    Comment by Stephen M. Driscoll — January 9, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

  378. Peter. Just thinking about the way God’s grace worked in his life until the very end of it gives me so much personal encouragement and hope.

    Comment by Ruben Cardenas — January 9, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  379. Jonah, because he reminds me that God shows mercy to and even uses sinners for His glory.

    Comment by Andy Schreiber — January 9, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

  380. Gideon. A fine example of God’s power working through human frailty.

    Comment by Carl Edwards — January 9, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  381. So many favorites, but I think Barnabas is one to mention, because we all need least 1 Barnabas in our life.
    Encouragment is so powerful when done right at the right time

    Comment by Tapio Turunen — January 9, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  382. My favorite man in the Bible is Timothy. His story has been highly influential to me and my growth as a Christian. I have always found encouragement in the fact that it was not his father who is mentioned as the one training him in the Word and the ways of the Lord. I have found strength in his weakness and physical ailments. I have found comfort in the ways Paul comforted him and wisdom in the counsel Paul gave to him.

    Comment by Victor Chininin — January 9, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

  383. It’s got to be Paul. A man who was the chief of sinners, yet saved by God to show God’s mercy.

    A paradigm of grace to us all!

    Comment by Gareth Russell — January 9, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

  384. Paul. Simply because he was the best Calvinist EVER!

    Comment by Trent — January 9, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

  385. I love the heart of Joseph at the time of reconciliation with his brothers. That is the one story in the bible that makes me cry every time I read it.

    Comment by Paula — January 9, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

  386. Paul – probably the clearest example of Christlike living.

    Comment by James Steinbach — January 9, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

  387. My favorite is Jacob. He is such a clear picture of how we as people tend to act. He runs from idol to idol until God brings him in, wrestles with him, and reminds him that it is from God only that he can have and does have everything he will ever need or desire.

    I have been looking for a new ESV bible lately and this one looks great!

    Comment by Candice Johnson — January 9, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  388. Andrew first thing he does is goes and tells the people he loves about Jesus. and he didn’t under estimate God’s power, by bring the boy with his little lunch to Jesus and Jesus feeding thousands.

    Comment by kevin — January 9, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  389. I think my favorite character in the Bible is Eve, because without God giving Adam a helpmate, I would not have the incredible wife and helpmate that God has given me!

    Comment by Brian Thornton — January 9, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  390. My favourite would have to be the Apostle Paul. He was the greatest missionary that the church ever had. His perseverance and endurance through times of persecution are very inspiring

    Comment by Alejandro — January 9, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  391. Mary, of Martha and Mary fame! She got it! She understood that Christ would not always be with her and she desired to give Him her very best. She fellow at the feet of her Lord. She understood Lordship, grace, giving, love and surrender.

    Comment by Paul Kersh — January 9, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  392. The two men(angels) who rescued Lot and his family from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The bible says that though Lot’s family lingered, they physically removed them because of God’s mercy and covenant with Abraham. Beautiful picture of God’s pursuing sovereign covenant love.

    Comment by Kenny Boman — January 9, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  393. Currently, I would say Abraham since I’m reading Genesis. What amazing faith (given to him by God, of course)!

    Comment by Leslie — January 9, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

  394. Barnabas because he was content with encouraging others regardless of whether he got recognition or notoriety. I also admire his selfless generosity.

    Comment by Keith Plummer — January 9, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  395. Ruth-Wonderful story of Redemption, kinsmen-redeemer (Boaz)

    Comment by Tammy Hickey — January 9, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  396. Philip, because he opened up the scriptures to the Ethiopian eunuch and helped him to see Christ in the book of Isaiah. I love Philip and this event in Acts because I believe All great teachers will help us to see Christ in every part of scripture.

    Comment by Bob Harrison — January 9, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  397. Peter. He walked around with a mouth shaped liked his foot most of the time during Jesus’ ministry, and then after the Gift of the Holy spirit was given him on Pentecost he was a Preacher with power and courage that was able to 3,000 to the Lord. He inspires me to submit to the power of the spirit and not rely on my flesh and feelings when I speak.

    Comment by Carles Hicks — January 9, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  398. David, because I am greatly encouraged that God called him a man after His own heart, despite what he had done in his past.

    Comment by Ryan — January 9, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  399. My current favourite would have to be Isaiah. Here is a man charged with warning God’s people of future destruction and judgement.He’s not neccessarily the people favourite.But at the same time you see how Isaiah long for more of God, even through hard times, realising that God is sovereign and faithful to keep and preserve his promise of salvation

    Comment by Shanyl Philip — January 9, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  400. The Apostle Paul has had and continues to have an influence as a disciple of Jesus and as a Pastor. His life and writtings have been a source of encouragement and correction

    Comment by Hector Franco — January 9, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  401. Lately, it’s been whoever wrote the book of Hebrews. I’d love to hear him preach!

    Comment by Joel — January 9, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  402. As a husband & father –especially one who is a believer- I have a responsibility for servant leadership and provision. My family is counting on me and God is counting on me to lead them and our community closer to Christ. Recently when I find the Spirit leading me to see Biblical models of courage, I am led to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Although I am a man and she is a woman, I am an adult and she is a child she is a picture of so much courage at times. She is a child unwed & socially beneath most in the social systems of the day and yet in the little we read of her, she trusts the Lord and knows that no matter how uncertain the path that lie ahead may be, the her heavenly Father as carved the trail and that seems to be all she needs to trust and obey.

    Comment by john ALLEN — January 9, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

  403. Nehemiah is my man for his believe in prayer, courage and commitment.

    Comment by Joshua Nathan — January 9, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

  404. Nehemiah because of he was a tough guy a godly man with a clear vision and the ability to go the distance.

    Comment by andrew price — January 9, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

  405. Jeremiah, at the moment, because he was faithful to a very hard task and unflinchingly honest with the Lord about how hard it was. I love his honesty, his tears, his steadfastness.

    Comment by LauraBean — January 9, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

  406. The SLUGGARD of Proverbs 19:24, “The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.”

    …okay, maybe not my favorite biblical character, but pretty funny guy nonetheless!

    Comment by Christopher Redwine — January 9, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

  407. I enjoy reading Ezekiel’s work. He was a faithful prophet even when he had to lay on his side and baked bread over dung.

    Comment by James Adams — January 9, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

  408. Esther – I love her bravery and, more than that, her grasp on reality: if she perishes, she perishes (4:16), but so realises that God’s in control so.

    Comment by chris ashton — January 9, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

  409. Big fan of Ehud. So clever. So awesome.

    Comment by Tim — January 9, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  410. Paul, because of how much his letters are filled with the grace and mercy of God.

    Comment by Brandon Schmidt — January 9, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

  411. Daniel. Because he worked for a secular King but did it for the glory of God.

    Comment by Allan McCullough — January 9, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

  412. Nebuchadnezzer, Because he learned his lesson after being humbled.

    Comment by James Ogle — January 9, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  413. Daniel — Because he is my namesake. And because he is an amazing example of godliness and integrity in the face of tremendous opposition.

    Comment by Dan Brubacher — January 9, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

  414. Right now, my favorite would probably be Paul.

    Comment by Morgan — January 9, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

  415. Hannah, the mother of Samuel, has always been a favourite for me. In spite of her difficult situation, she displayed a quality of character that inspired love and devotion from her husband Elkanah. She then quietly and unassumingly offered her prayer to God and, after being rewarded with the gift of her son Samuel, unselfishly gave him into the Lord’s service. Hannah was a woman of faithful endurance, quiet determination and generosity in her response to God. She remains a wonderful example to us all.

    Edward Martin

    Comment by Edward Martin — January 9, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

  416. Jonah

    I relate so much to him! His story reminds me that God knows the wickedness of my heart and He still chooses to use me as part of His plan. Jonah reminds me that I am just as much in need of God’s saving grace as those I personally find it hard to love. Jonah’s story is all about God’s abounding love and patience towards people.

    Comment by Meghan — January 9, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

  417. The narrator of Ecclesiastes. One of the most comprehensive anthologies of human life, emotion and doctrine.

    Comment by Paul Gebel — January 9, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  418. Paul – the suffering servant.

    Comment by Jerry — January 9, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

  419. Jonah- reveals so much about our selfish attitudes and motives. Thank goodness that God is loving and forgiving! We all need to answer God’s call and respond without argument!

    Comment by Derek — January 9, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  420. Paul. As a believer of the sovereign grace of GOD and what’s also known as divine election, there’s no greater example of it than him. He speaks of his own conversion in Galatians 1, specifically verses 11-24, and it’s made even clearer after reading his first appearance at the end of Acts 7 followed by his hatred of the church explained in Acts 8. He is then spared of his life by the CHRIST Himself only then to have it revealed that he is chosen by the Lord to be used to serve as the choicest apostle. There are many debates on the subject of election. But if you want a clearer view on it, I’d say ask Paul. If he had a business card, I believe it would say: PAUL – chosen of God before the foundation of the world.

    Comment by steven smith — January 9, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

  421. Luke – because he is a man who investigated studied and researched thoroughly his faith. So that he would be able to tell someone of the certainty of Jesus Christ. I desire to be like him when it comes to apologetics.

    Comment by Jack Griffiths — January 9, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

  422. I’ve come to appreciate Mary Magdalene.

    Comment by Joe Fauth — January 9, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

  423. Caleb. He trusted God when everyone else but Joshua was faithless. He layed hold of God’s promises and walked off into the sunset as an old man to battle giants and receive his portion. We named our son Caleb asking God to give him the grace to love Jesus like this faithful servant of old.

    Comment by Jason Bradshaw — January 9, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

  424. Thats quite a tough question, but one of my favorites that it often overlooked is Boaz. What a great deal he teaches us about God’s gracious work of redemption. Like Ruth we were hopeless, but through Christ’s mediation the Father brings us under the protection of his wings. Undeserving and rebellious we come, but now our hearts can only be filled with the fullest measure of gratitude.

    Comment by Reed Kerr — January 9, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

  425. John the Baptist because he prepared the way.

    Comment by Doug Iverson — January 9, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

  426. Abraham. He lived by faith.

    Comment by Bill Lautenschlager — January 9, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  427. Over the years, I have come to really enjoy the book of Judges. While the judges, on the whole were not righteous, I think Gideon’s life is a great story. First, his story shows a great picture of God’s grace. God chose him despite his low position in the nation. Second, his story shows us a great picture of God’s patience. Gideon tested and questioned God, but God patiently and graciously responded to his demands. Third, Gideon’s story is a great picture of God’s strength and wisdom, demostrated in the defeat of the Midianite Army. Also, Gideon’s life gives a great warning of what can happen when we do not make wise choices. Right after God uses Gideon to deliver Israel, Gideon leads then into bondage when he builds an ephod that Israel begins to worship. Any hope that Israel had in worshipping God rightly were shot. Not to mention the direction the people went when Gideon’s son began to judge. Those are few reasons why Gideon is one of my favorite men from the Bible.

    Comment by Philip — January 9, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

  428. The boys father in Mark 9:24. All he says to Jesus is to forgive His unbelief, so often I think If I ever spoke to Jesus that is simply all I could say

    Comment by James Delanty — January 9, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  429. The poor (and anonymous) widow in Luke 21 whose donation Jesus sees. She’s a selfless, generous hero of faith.

    Comment by Chris Little — January 9, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

  430. Joseph- man of trials and a man of faith!

    Comment by Emil — January 9, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

  431. Naomi because she was willing to follow Naomi into the unknown and was then blessed and used by God in such a special way.

    Comment by Jannyml — January 9, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

  432. Caleb – because he was of a ‘different spirit’, when all around him and Joshua lacked faith. Num. 14:24

    Comment by Dan Skead — January 9, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

  433. Elijah. I love how Elijah’s humanity shines through in the scripture: we see him defying wicked monarchs, calling fire from heaven, fighting for the heart of his generation. Then not long after he is in a cave in the middle of nowhere thinking that only he loves God and would be better off dead. However, even at a time of what could arguably be called weak faith, God shows up in a special way to strengthen him.

    Comment by Jeffry — January 9, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

  434. Mary (Jesus’ mother) is one of my favorites. Scripture says she “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” during Jesus birth, and as the mother of small children, this passage really speaks to me. It makes Mary so real, so relatable.

    Comment by Sarah S. — January 9, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

  435. Phillip the deacon. He was willing to leave his ministry in Samaria and lead the Ethiopian eunuch to faith on Christ.

    Comment by Rick Clinard — January 9, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

  436. Job, because of his endurance through sufferings.

    Comment by Jon Remillet — January 9, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

  437. Paul:

    A Pharisee, Phil 3:5
    Of noble descent, Phil 3:5
    Persecutor of the Way, Acts 22:4
    A Hebrew of Hebrews, confident Phil 3:5
    In his zeal and blamelessness before God Acts 3:6

    -but-

    Irrevocably touched by the Grace of Christ Acts 9:1-22
    To count all his past life as loss Phil 3:7
    Ever straining to the goal, Phil 3:13-14
    for the endless joy Phil 3:6
    Of Christ. Phil 3:6

    His humility, joy, strength, and life boast back to the King!

    Comment by Bill Drexel — January 9, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

  438. David.. although he has a past of sexual immortality God still calls him a man after his Gods own heart.. gives me hope!

    Comment by Zack Stone — January 9, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  439. Please excuse my accidental miss-cross-references to the above post ^ (embarrassing….Can’t have that on a Bible site!)

    Paul:

    A Pharisee, Phil 3:5
    Of noble descent, Phil 3:5
    Persecutor of the Way, Acts 22:4
    A Hebrew of Hebrews, confident Phil 3:5
    In his zeal and blamelessness before God Phil 3:6

    -but-

    Irrevocably touched by the Grace of Christ Acts 9:1-22
    To count all his past life as loss Phil 3:7
    Ever straining to the goal, Phil 3:13-14
    for the endless joy Phil 3:8
    Of Christ. John 3:16

    His humility, joy, strength, and life boast back to the King!

    Comment by Bill Drexel — January 9, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

  440. After reading Practicing Hospitality by Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock, I often find myself thinking about Elizabeth and the hospitality she showed to her cousin Mary while late in her own pregnancy. I am 8 months pregnant myself, and would be honored to be known as a woman whose home is open to others through this uncomfortable and busy time in my life, as Elizabeth was. Luke also notes that she was both righteous and blameless, a Godly example for any woman!

    Comment by Toni — January 9, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

  441. Abraham is one of my favorite Bible characters (apart from Jesus, of course) because through unremitting faith in God he fathered a nation of God’s chosen people.

    Comment by Joe Van Winkle — January 9, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

  442. Amos – the Old Testament prophet. I was privileged to be part of a Bible Study on Amos some 40 years ago. I still find Amos, both the book and the man, of interest.

    Comment by Floyd Johnson — January 9, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  443. Right now my favorite is Jonah. I have felt like him so much lately. God told him to go spread his message and he fled and it ended up putting others in danger and nearly condemning a city. I was called to preach and instead joined the Army. I was blown up my first deployment and a soldier died. I decided it was still what I wanted to do and I was blown up again, and 3 other soldiers were hurt. I am finally listening to Gods call, but I will be more than happy if people repent because of it.

    Comment by Daniel Scheiderer — January 9, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  444. Peter. When i think of the word bold, Peter is the first to come to mind. People talk bad about him because he denied Jesus 3 times.. well where were the other apostles when Peter followed Jesus to the courtyard? And the best part of it, the Bible doesnt hide the failings of our heroes. If it did, we would have no example of how to respond when we ourselves failed. But as it stands, we have an example. One of brief bitter remorse, followed by whole-hearted repentance, which led to one of the boldest and most fruitful campaigns in the name of Christ the world has ever seen. After falling down, he got back up and by the power of God brought 3000 souls to Christ in a single sermon and never backed down from proclaiming Jesus again. “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

    Peter is my answer.

    Comment by Erick — January 9, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  445. Jacob is the man that inspires me. He was a man that became broken after many trials of life. In that breaking he became a Prince with God. He was stripped of his strength and found strength in God. His testimony in Hebrews is portrayed by “leaning” on his staff. Total loss of all strength in self to total trust in God.

    Comment by Stephen — January 9, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

  446. Josiah. As a young leader he revered Gods Word once it was found by repenting and leading the nation towards God-centeredness.

    Comment by Brian Pestotnik — January 9, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

  447. Moses – he talked face to face with God as a man talks with his friend. To walk boldly into the Holy of Holies without fear, to boldly pray and tell God “they are YOUR people”. Everything about Moses is endlessly fascinating.

    Comment by Crystal Samples — January 9, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

  448. It is impossible to have a favorite for me. I love David and Paul and Moses and Abraham and John and John the Baptist and Hannah and her son Samuel and the woman who washed Jesus feet with her hair and… but I could mention a favorite. The blind man who was healed by Jesus in John 9.Clearly a underdog in this world, yet his humble spirit, his devotion to God,his bravery to the pharisees despite what they could do to him, worship and defense of Jesus, is a lovely person. According to Jesus, he suffered with blindness his early life not because of sin but that we might see the works of God. He wasn’t bitter but desired to be a disciple sincerely. Plus, Jesus found him and he was found indeed.

    Comment by Jerry Cockrell — January 9, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

  449. My favorite is Job, such a godly man who never let his faith sink. He looked to God in all of his trails. He is a really awesome man.

    Comment by Patsy — January 9, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

  450. Bezalel. He was an artist.

    Comment by Benji — January 9, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

  451. Job was the man who had his priorities straight: God, family and business. His most famous words will forever be a motto for the ones who suffer:
    “God gave,
    God has taken away,
    Blessed be the Name of the Lord!”

    Comment by Ionel Rad — January 9, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

  452. I like Amos, called from obscurity [a shepherd] to speak for God in the halls of power.

    Comment by Brian — January 9, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

  453. Isaiah because of the privilege he had to forthtell the immanence and transcendence of God. We named our second son Isaiah.

    Comment by Doug Roman — January 10, 2012 @ 12:47 am

  454. Boaz – his kindness towards Ruth and Naomi is a constant reminder of our call to help those in need.

    Comment by Craig Botha — January 10, 2012 @ 2:27 am

  455. Paul, because he’s a no-nonsense apostle of Jesus who had a tough job fighting the “established” Jewish sect to bring the gentiles into the fold.

    Comment by Ryan — January 10, 2012 @ 6:03 am

  456. My favourite person in the Bible would have to be Joshua. As a soon-to-be father, I respect Joshua’s resolve and commitment for his household to serve the Lord. I pray that I can have this same courage and strength to lead my family as Joshua led his.

    Comment by Matt — January 10, 2012 @ 8:40 am

  457. This is a copy of entry 415. I typed my email incorrectly! Sorry!

    Hannah, the mother of Samuel, has always been a favourite for me. In spite of her difficult situation, she displayed a quality of character that inspired love and devotion from her husband Elkanah. She then quietly and unassumingly offered her prayer to God and, after being rewarded with the gift of her son Samuel, unselfishly gave him into the Lord’s service. Hannah was a woman of faithful endurance, quiet determination and generosity in her response to God. She remains a wonderful example to us all.

    Edward Martin

    Comment by Edward Martin — January 9, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Comment by Edward Martin — January 10, 2012 @ 8:54 am

  458. Mary of Bethany – because she loved Jesus with abandon. She sat at his feet to listen; her tears deeply moved him and caused him to weep; and she poured out her nard at his feet, then wiped those feet with her hair. Her passionate heart truly inspires me :)

    Comment by Cathy Nguyen — January 10, 2012 @ 9:17 am

  459. Noah, because in spite of all the unbelief around him he faithfully followed the Lord’s will and instructions. He truly lived by faith!

    Comment by Norm — January 10, 2012 @ 10:26 am

  460. Paul – he defines a life passionately in pursuit of God and the display of His glory. His experience and understanding of grace was realized in his missionary endeavors, embracing of suffering, and fight against legalism. He makes me want to love Jesus more, and be single-minded in my aim to glorify Christ in all life.

    Comment by John Hwang — January 10, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

  461. My favorite character is Jacob, because unfortunately, I can relate to him. I have spent a fair amount of time thinking I could get by by my wits when in reality, it was providence all along. I love that the chosen are flawed people – all of grace.

    Comment by Cindy — January 10, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

  462. Peter because of his spiritual growth through the NT.

    Comment by Christopher Nyland — January 11, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

  463. One of my favorites is Ruth –so unassuming yet devout . . .

    Comment by C John — January 14, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

  464. There are so many people I would suggest, but David was one of my favorites. We he was a “man after God’s own heart.” More than so many others he was willing to save “…I have sinned… forgive me.”

    Comment by Mike Hammond — January 14, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

  465. Gideon! The least among men, the least among his tribe. God was so patient with Him for asking for signs. He obeyed, walked in faith. So faithful, he was mentioned as an example to follow in Hebrews 11. So humbled God uses the weak and the lowly to do amazing things for His Glory!!! Praise God!!

    Comment by Matt Stewart — January 16, 2012 @ 11:44 am

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