Everyone loves a story of survival and victory; one that has a clear hero. Children’s books and movies are dedicated to telling the story of heroes; some are fairy tale type stories such as Snow White and Cinderella. There are also some true stories of heroes and we can find them in the Bible. Here are just 7 famous heroes in the Bible and some of the things that holy men of God, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote down.
Noah – A hero that walked with God
We first see this hero in the book of Genesis when we see some of his lineage:
28And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died. (Genesis 5:28-3
Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Gen 5:32; 6:10). And the Bible says that Noah found grace in the sight of the LORD. It also says that he was a just man, perfect in his generations and that he walked with God (Gen 6:9).
Noah lived at a time when the world was becoming continually evil. This was something that grieved God and so God decided to start over again. God said to Noah:
… The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:13)
And God’s plan was to take Noah and his family (because Noah was righteous before God) and save them from the destruction of the world. Noah did what God commanded him to do – build an ark. One of the amazing facts about this event is that Noah was 600 years old when he began building the ark (Gen. 7:6). Noah believed God when he said that it was going to rain, even though there had never been rain from the sky up until that time (Gen. 2:5).
Why can we consider Noah a hero? Because he trusted God and walked by faith to save his family and the pairs of animals that God said to take onto the ark. Noah was used by God to preserve the human race and the animal kingdom.
21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: 22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. 23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days. (Genesis 7:21-24)