10 Obscure Yet Interesting Bible Characters and their Stories

by Kevin Halloran

obscure-bible-charactersWith over 66 books of Scripture covering thousands of years of history, the Bible makes mention of hundreds of people either in great detail (biblical heroes Abraham, David, Paul, Jesus) and gives others just a passing mention.

We encourage you to read the associated passages in the Bible to dig deeper into the lives and situations of these lesser known Bible characters because we can’t cover all that God wants us to learn about their stories though a simple blog post!

Here is a list of 10 obscure biblical characters that are easy to miss: \

1. Naaman. 2 Kings 5 tells the story of a successful Syrian commander who had the disease of leprosy.  The story goes that on the suggestion of the servant girl of Naaman’s wife Naaman went to see the prophet Elisha to be cured of his leprosy. It is an amazing story of healing and turning to the Lord–and also has some twists and ironies at the end!

2. Jabez. Jabez is only mentioned in a few verses of scripture and is known for his famous “Prayer of Jabez” mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4:10, “Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, ‘Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!’ And God granted what he asked.

It is a simple prayer prayed in faith and serves as a powerful example of answered prayer and receiving blessing from the Lord.

3. Josiah. Josiah, one of the greatest kings to ever rule Israel, started his reign when he was only 8 years old. 2 Kings 22:2 says “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.”

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Later on in 2 Kings 22 the story is told of the high priest finding the Book of the Law which had been neglected and hidden for years.  This caused Josiah to tear his clothes and plead with the Lord to not punish Israel for their disobedience to God’s word. Josiah read the Book of the Law publicly and made a covenant with the Lord along with his people (2 Kings 23:3) to obey the Lord with all of his heart and soul.

This is truly a marvelous story of repentance, spiritual leadership, and the mercy of God!

4. Mordecai. The story of Mordecai takes place throughout the book of Esther. Mordecai is the cousin and guardian for Esther, a foreigner who becomes queen of Persia.  Mordecai uses his position in the king’s court to stand up for the oppressed people of God and foil a plot to assassinate the king.

This story plays a pivotal role in the gospel because if the Jewish people had been destroyed (like Haman desired), the story of God’s saving work through the Jewish people (and eventually Christ) would have come to an end…

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