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Frequently Occurring
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Characters of the Old Testament

There are many accounts in the Old Testament of faith conquering adversity. Here are a few examples that we could all benefit from taking to heart...




Joseph cast into the pit
Genesis 37:23-28
Joseph was hated by his envious brothers, who initially decided to murder him, but instead cast him into a pit, before dragging him out again, only to sell him on to Ishmaelite slave-traders. Joseph soon found himself in prison, scorned and far from home, but through God's help he became very successful, even being put in charge "over all the land of Egypt", where he saved the people, including his own family, from starvation during seven years of famine. Joseph was eventually reunited with his brothers. ... See, for example, 'Redemption Song', by Bob Marley, the opening lines of which retell Joseph's story.


Joshua commands the Sun and Moon
Joshua 10:12-14
Joshua prayed to God for extended time to finish a battle, commanding, "Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon." Thus the sun delayed in setting and the moon remained visible throughout the day, and Joshua's army was victorious. ... See, for example, the song 'Rastaman' by Bunny Wailer.

Joshua commands the sun and moon

David and Goliath
1 Samuel 17:32-50
Armed only "with a sling and with a stone", the small shepherd-boy David triumphed over the nine-foot giant Goliath. David's faith in God served him well, for he went on to become the King of Israel. ... See, for example, 'Rastaman Live Up', by Bob Marley.

David and Goliath


Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
Daniel 3:14-28
Originally named Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, these famous three were renamed by the chief of the eunuchs in the Babylonian court, and hence are better known by their Babylonian names: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (see Daniel 1:7). They angered King Nebuchadnezzar by refusing to bow down in worship to the golden idol that he had created. Therefore, they were thrown into the fiery furnace, but God prevented his faithful servants from being harmed. ... See, for example, 'Miracle' by the Viceroys, 'Survival' by Bob Marley, 'La Bam Bam' by the Congos, and 'Murderer' by Buju Banton. ... By way of comparison, you may also be interested to see how the same story has been used in a Gospel song, 'Shadrach', performed by Louis Armstrong.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the firery furnace

Daniel in the lions' den
Daniel 6:16-23
Daniel was thrown into the lions' den for continuing to pray to the one true God, despite being ordered only to pray to King Darius. But an angel "shut the lions' mouths", and Daniel was spared. ... See, for example, 'La Bam Bam' by The Congos.

Daniel in the Lions' den

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