Unsung Heroes: CALEB
A PROMISE TO CLAIM
He was one of the twelve sent by Moses to spy on the Promised Land. Chosen to represent his tribe in this critical mission, we could say that Caleb was indeed a cut above the rest.
What’s more, he was one of the only two spies who believed that they, just like what God had told them, could conquer Canaan. Even when the land had fortified cities inhabited by strong people and even, by giants.
And because of that, he pleased the heart of God, so much so that in Numbers 14:24, he was promised an inheritance: “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”Read more »
Unsung Heroes: HANNAH
THE ANSWER: GOD
“…I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord…”
–1 Samuel 1:26-28
Yes, she was loved. But that was the only ray of sunshine in her otherwise dark life.
She was one of two wives. And she was barren. And what’s worse, every opportunity that presented itself was just another chance for her rival to ridicule her, to provoke her and to torment her… and maybe make her brood over the worst things: that maybe God had cursed her by not giving her a son; that maybe someday her husband would cease to love her because she could not give him a child; that maybe she was barren because she deserved to be childless; or that maybe the reason why she had no children was because she was unfit to become a mother.Read more »
UNSUNG HEROES: STEPHEN
“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
This could have been uttered by a man so deep in prayer that he received assurance from the God of Prayer… a person who had reached the pinnacle of worship and communed with the God of Worship… or someone so deeply immersed in the Holy Scriptures that he actually met the God of the Scriptures.
But these words were not uttered during a prayerful meditation. Nor was it delivered in the height of a powerful worship experience. These were, in fact, the words of a man surrounded by a mob mad with rage. These were the words of Stephen right before he was stoned to death (Acts 7).Read more »
He is always spoken of as the doting husband of Bathsheba, brutally slain to cover up for King David’s misdeed with her. The helpless victim of a kingdom-wide adultery scandal, Uriah is often depicted as the stain in the otherwise clean record of the “man after the heart of God.”
Sadly, his death had easily been the highlight of his life, that only a handful few took the time to know the kind of life he lived.
But while his account can be found in only a chapter in the 39 books of the Old Testament, it is still a story worth reflecting on. Because there was definitely more to remember about him than his sad death. He was, after all, not just a simple-minded soldier who blindly walked towards his downfall, but a loyal soldier who refused to abandon his post… even to the point of death.Read more »