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Have you ever thought about these 5 kids of the Bible? As Christians, we can learn a lot from these young characters. David, Miriam, Isaac, Naaman’s Servant Girl, and the Boy with the Loaves and Fishes are amazing kids that we hear about, but we sometimes (not always) overlook when we think about strong people of the Bible. These 5 kids of the Bible are strong and can teach us lessons at any age.
Kids of the Bible #1: David (1 Samuel 17)
As children in Sunday School and Children’s Church, we learned the story of David and Goliath. David was a young boy who was visiting his older brothers. His brothers were fighting for Israel in a battle against the Philistines.
While David was there, Goliath from Gath stood among the Philistines and challenged anyone who would fight him. He was considered a giant and stood 6 cubits and a span (according to research is about 9 feet 9 inches) tall. For forty days, Goliath stood up and challenged Israel.
David began asking the soldiers of Israel what was going on and why no one would fight Goliath. Finally, David volunteered. King Saul gave David his armor, but David refused it. He said he did not need the armor.
David gathered 5 stones from a nearby brook and stood to face Goliath. The giant began picking on David for his youth and size.
I Samuel 17: 45-49 (NIV)
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.
47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.
49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
After Goliath fell, David ran over and used the giant’s sword to cut off the head of the enemy. David defeated Goliath without training, armor, or any physical help.
Lessons from David:
I have heard this story told so many times. However, the one point on which people disagree is how Goliath died. I guess there are three options, and I will tell you which I believe.
- David killed Goliath with the stone he threw.
- David killed Goliath with the sword after the giant fell down.
- God killed Goliath when David said, “I come to you in the name of the Lord.”
I believe, personally, and you can start a conversation in the comments to tell me what you think, that God killed Goliath before David threw the stone. Of course, I can see how you can think either way, but I also feel that God sent David there for the fight and killed the enemy of Israel before David had to do anything.
If you are studying David, you can learn about courage and faith. David was the youngest of 8 brothers. He wasn’t old enough to go to war with King Saul, but he was courageous enough to stand up to Goliath with none of the soldiers of Israel would do it.
We can learn about faith because David had to have faith in God that God would not allow any harm to him (David) for doing what he needed to do for Israel.
Kids of the Bible #2: Miriam (Exodus 2)
The story of Moses is more widely known, but the tale of his sister, Miriam, is just as important. Can you imagine how Moses’ story would have been different without Miriam?
When Moses was born, his parents had to hide him because of a decree from the king saying that all Hebrew sons would be killed. After 3 months, his family couldn’t hide him any longer. His mother made a basket and sent Moses floating on the Nile River.
Miriam hid in the reeds and watched the basket. When the daughter of Pharaoh found the basket and picked Moses up from the water, she noticed he was a child of the Hebrews.
Miriam stepped out of the reeds and asked Pharaoh’s daughter if she would like for her (Miriam) to find a nurse among the Hebrew women for the baby. Pharaoh’s daughter told her, yes, and Miriam took Moses back home to their mother.
Lessons from Miriam:
From this story, we can observe intelligence. She knew how and where to hide to watch her brother, Moses.
We can also learn loyalty. Miriam was loyal to her people, the Hebrews, and she was loyal to her own family. She made sure to get her brother back home to his mother.
Kids of the Bible #3: Isaac (Genesis 22)
We remember Isaac for many reasons. First, we typically remember him as the father of Jacob and Esau. That makes him the grandfather of Jacob’s 12 sons who became the 12 tribes of Israel.
But, before he was the father of Jacob and Esau, he was the son of Abraham. In Genesis 22, Abraham takes Isaac and a few servants on a trip to make a sacrifice. Along the way, Isaac asks Abraham where the lamb for the sacrifice is, and Abraham replies that God will provide a lamb.
When they travel closer to the mountain, Abraham instructs the servants to wait. He and Isaac continue up the mountain for the sacrifice. At the top, Abraham follows the instructions God has given him to prepare Isaac as the sacrifice. God spoke to Abraham and stopped him before he sacrificed Isaac. God provided a ram for the sacrifice.
Lessons from Isaac:
We can learn trust. Isaac trusted his father. He believed that his father was telling him the truth about the sacrifice.
Isaac’s story can teach us faith. Abraham and Sarah had been given Isaac when they were older. They had faith that God would give them the child He had promised. I am sure that as Isaac was growing up his parents told him the story. That helped to grow his faith in God. As they were traveling to the sacrifice, Isaac had faith God would provide, just as his father said.
Kids of the Bible #4: Naaman’s Servant Girl (2 Kings 5)
The next two kids from the Bible don’t have names. However, they both exhibit traits we should strive for in our own lives.
First is Naaman’s servant girl. Naaman was a strong army commander. He was loved by his people and his wife. Naaman also had leprosy.
One day, one of his wife’s servants, a young girl, spoke up to her mistress and told her that if Naaman would go to the prophet in Samaria, God would heal him. Naaman’s wife told him what the girl said, and Naaman went to the king of Aram to ask permission to leave.
The king told him to go and he left. Naaman first went to the king of Israel, but he tore his robes and said he could not heal Naaman. When Elisha the prophet heard about this, he sent word to Naaman to cleanse 7 times in the Jordan River. After that, he was healed.
Lessons from Naaman’s Servant Girl:
She had faith. She believed that if Naaman went to the prophet Elisha, he would be healed.
The servant girl can teach us bravery as well. She was brave enough to speak up to her mistress so that Naaman could go to the prophet.
Finally, we can learn compassion. If the servant girl had not been compassionate, she would not have cared if her mistress’s husband was ever healed.
Kids of the Bible #5: Boy with the Loaves and Fishes (Matthew 14:13-21)
In John 6, we meet this young man. He was attending a sermon by Jesus. When the people, over 5000 of them, began to get hungry, Jesus asked His disciples where they could get food for everyone.
Simon Peter told Jesus that there was a boy there with barley loaves and fish. The disciples asked the boy for the food, and Jesus blessed it. After the blessing, all the people were able to eat until they were full, and the disciples filled 12 baskets with leftovers.
Lessons from the Boy with the Loaves and Fishes:
The main lesson from this character is generosity. This young boy could have refused, though that would not have been likely for a young person of the time. He could have kept his food to himself, but he didn’t. He shared it and allowed Jesus to perform a miracle with his lunch.
Kids of the Bible Review
Each of these young people had choices, and they each chose to follow what their families and God told them to do.
We can learn so many lessons from each of these characters. What else can you think of that we can learn from these kids? What other kids can you think of in the Bible who did big things?
Start a conversation in the comments and tell us.
Also, head over and read about 12 amazing women of the Bible as well.