7 Great Men Of The Bible

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Great men in the Bible abound throughout its pages. The Bible has stories of military heroes, prophets, preachers and kings who have followed God and given us good examples to follow. While there are many minor characters mentioned in the Bible who are good role models, here is a list of seven men who were major influences in the history of the Bible.

Men Of The Bible

The Bible has stories of military heroes, prophets, preachers and kings who have followed God and given us good examples to follow.


In Moses’ life we remember events showing a godly man and other stories that show a man who struggled with failure in certain areas. Even though he sometimes failed, Moses was a man consistently in tune with God’s plan. He loved the people of Israel who God called him to lead.

As a child Moses grew up in the Egyptian Pharaoh’s house even though he was born to a Jewish family. Moses learned from the best Egyptian teachers and scholars. He probably did not learn much about the God of Israel through his tutors, yet he grew up sensitive to God’s leading.

Moses claimed to not be a great speaker yet he was able to lead the Israelites for 40 years out of Egypt and to the edge of the Promised Land. Moses disappointed God with some of his actions but repented of his lack of trust and was used by God to accomplish His purposes.


When Moses led Israel out of Egypt one of the young men who quickly rose to recognition was Joshua. Joshua was chosen as one of the 12 spies to enter the land that God had promised to Israel. Though the vast majority of the spies returned with a discouraging report of the land God said He would give them, Joshua and Caleb reported all the wonderful things God could provide in Canaan.

The people of Israel refused to enter the land God had given. Patiently Joshua trusted God. He recognized the authority Moses and his position of leadership that God gave him. Joshua never tried to usurp the authority of Moses. He waited until it was his time to lead Israel into the Promised Land.

Joshua was an obedient follower. He was also known as a strong leader of Israel as they conquered the land that God had given.


Multiple times in the Bible David is recognized as a man who followed God and was sensitive to the leadership of God in his life. We first learn about who David would become when God rejected Saul’s reign and said that He would give the kingdom to a neighbor of Saul’s who was a better man (I Samuel 15). At the time God said this to Saul through Samuel, David was only a boy of 8 to 12 years old. God knew that though David was young, he would grow up to be a man in tune with God’s heart and plan for Israel.

David wrote many of the Psalms that we cherish. This was not because David never had problems. David wrote many of those precious poems in the midst of trouble. Yet, David knew that his strength came from God. We enjoy his writings today because he was a man who knew how to lean on the Lord during times of adversity. What he wrote in Psalms about trusting the Lord is applicable to us today.


Satan was talking with God one day when he said that no one completely obeyed God and worshiped Him. God said that He knew a man who was just and upright in his life. This man was Job.

God gave Satan rule over Job’s circumstances causing him to lose all of his wealth. Job still would not speak evil against God. He even acknowledged that God was the one who was testing him and he would continue to worship the Lord.

Job’s friends accused him of sin and said he was being punished by God for his secret sins. Job maintained his innocence. Even his wife told him he should curse God and die. But Job patiently waited on God to reveal Himself and publicly justify Job to the world.


Though he grew up a slave in Babylon, Daniel was eventually promoted to a position of authority under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. It was through the influence of Daniel that the kingdom was able to see some godliness brought to that godless time.

Later, King Darius befriended Daniel. However, there were men who were jealous of Daniel’s influence and position. They convinced the king to make a law that the people could only worship the king and no other person or god. Daniel continued to pray as he always had to the God of Israel. The punishment for disobedience of the law not to worship was to be thrown into a pit of lions. These wicked men had Daniel arrested.

Daniel accepted the punishment that was given to him without complaint. King Darius fought the law on Daniel’s behalf, but was powerless to change the consequences. While Daniel slept peacefully in the den of lions, Darius was up all night worrying about God’s man. The next morning the king was relieved to have Daniel brought out of the pit and the men who plotted against Daniel were then fed to the lions. The Bible says that their bodies never even reached the ground before the lions had devoured them (Daniel 6).


Paul was a great man of the New Testament. We first see this man when his name was Saul of Tarsus. Before his salvation he was convinced that Jesus and Christianity were plots to destroy the Hebrew God of the Old Testament. However Jesus revealed himself to Saul and he accepted the Lord as his personal savior. Instead of persecuting the church, Saul changed his name to Paul and he began to preach and establish new churches throughout the known world.

Paul is most well-known for his three missionary journeys spanning from the middle east as far west as Italy. He established many churches, trained young pastors and wrote much of the New Testament.

The Apostle Paul is truly one of the great men of the Bible.


Though not as well-known as Paul, Barnabas played a large role in the establishment of new churches in the Greek and Hebrew world of his day. Barnabas was the man who took Paul under his wings when no one else wanted to trust Paul. This was because Paul was most known as the great persecutor of the Christian church when Barnabas met him.

Barnabas trained Paul in the ministry and accompanied him on his early missionary travels. Later the two men split up and formed two new teams of church planters. Paul took Silas with him and Barnabas took John Mark.

After Paul and Barnabas separated, the Bible does not say much more about Barnabas. However, Paul acknowledged later in his life that Barnabas had done a good job in training John Mark for the ministry.

Your Favorite

Do you have a favorite man in the Bible you like to study or make reference to? Include a comment below telling us why you admire this man and his example.

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Arnold June 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I like John the Baptist, Jesus said “there is no better man born of a women than John. I think because he John understood and respected his role as well as his assignment. He understood that he was the groomsman and not the groom.


Staci Crosby June 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

WELL put! Like that, sir!


moses A July 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

how abt judah who sold off his for few minute enjoyment


Ajimoh samuel oluwatoyosi July 23, 2021 at 8:59 am

I love job the most….. This page has a realistic information about the bible


Ephraim Okposuogu September 5, 2012 at 11:40 am

Honestly, i like Prophet Elijah because he was a man who spoke with authority.


Tashini Gilmore Kombo July 21, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Mine is king David bcos God himself called him a Man after my own heart he knows how to say sorry.
Secondly is Joseph his faithfulness make him a great leader.


Jack Wellman July 21, 2019 at 6:15 pm

Great choices my friend. Thank you Tashini.


Lue September 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I like JOB the best, because he was obedient.


Staci Crosby June 2, 2013 at 11:26 am

obedience IS better than sacrifice!…


Maria Teh November 1, 2012 at 11:35 am

Jesus Christ.
Hes not just my favorite but Hes a great Man of my life.


Waleska Andima November 6, 2012 at 5:55 am

I just want to thank you for being so rich in chearing the Word of God in the miner that any one could understand.I would also like to ask if you can also summariz Prophet Elijah storie.He was very sensitive to God’s word


aprie November 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

I like King David who wasn’t ashamed to confess his sins and repent before His mighty God!


Chris December 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm

How about Jesus the man of all of our salvation 🙂 In fact he is the most influential in the New test enemy for with out him Paul and all the others wouldn’t have been saved or even made Christians and He also died for all of our sins and allows us to hav a direct line to God the Father.


Chris December 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Whoops I meant testament not test enemy auto correct is a pain lol 🙂 Stay with the LORD all and never lose faith no matter what!!!!! 😀


Doug February 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Daniel and Nebuchadenzzar and King Darius God impacted the world through Neb and Darius. God used Daniel to bring their impact to clarity


joan May 20, 2013 at 12:51 am

I salute Joseph, the dreamer. Because he was a man of forgiveness and integrity. . .


tyler July 5, 2018 at 7:54 pm

I agree. I’m thinking of naming my future son Jospeh because I would love to be able to tell him the story of a man who was betrayed and never lost his love, his faith, and his unrelenting passion for God. Good choice 🙂


Anderson Moshi May 21, 2013 at 10:47 am

My favorite historical figures of the bible are:
1. Moses
2. Joshua Son of Nun
3. Saul of Tarsus

Thank you for this article David Peach, great website you guys have here, very informative.


Marcia June 6, 2013 at 11:17 pm

I enjoy the stories of Moses I think he was a great leader and had a lot of faith I also love the stories of Abraham I would like to see and talk here more about him and his faith and obedince for God. but my top favorite of course is Jesus who was the greatest of all and who loves us no matter what..


J.Tarbla Wilson June 14, 2013 at 5:14 am

please help me with work of the seven great men of God in the bible.


patrick ibekwe June 22, 2013 at 8:26 am

l like the story Abraham and sarah, but my great man in the bible is mary the mother of Jesus


Dolly July 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I adored Elijah and His OBEDIENCE with GOD . His life has been in danger but He chose to Stand for the Lord. I think He’s one of the great men in bible too. 🙂


Adeniyi July 28, 2013 at 7:16 am

I lovu Elijah story


Timothy Dalyop July 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I like Paul for his evangelical work of winning souls to Christ. He wrote most books of the New Testament which have great moral lessons & how to live a Godly life.


Nancy August 8, 2013 at 12:40 am

My favorite is Daniel because I think he was a great example. He was faithful to God and trusted Him. He prayed to God despite the troubles that surrounded him and God used him greatly! He’s a great example of what a man of God should try to be.


Michelle Morris November 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm

at my church we have caleb club which belongs to the senior of the church, I want to know more about him.


Jeremae Cox October 13, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Jesus Abraham Isaac and Jacob


Thandeka October 22, 2014 at 8:33 am

My greatest inspiration from the bible,has to be Joseph.He was betrayed and humiliated by the people he cared and loved the most,his brothers.He was obedient,forgiving nd patient.Iv never seen such great principles in a man which is something i would like to apply into my own life and it is also something,the Lord wants us to display.I love him


ak thomas November 11, 2014 at 2:10 am

I like the most, the SOULS OF MEN IN THE WORLD, who SEEK GOD and SALVATION, or really wants GOD , or prays for salvation, in any religion or tradition, I pray God that God may show them the way to the church or to a evangelist Or to a pastor or to a real believer in Christ, that they may find God in CHRIST JESUS WHO IS THE ONLY GOD AND THE Savior. In the Bible i like the most is ABRAHAM.


John January 4, 2015 at 1:35 am

I love the personality of John the Baptist. He stands out for me. As the of runner of Christ it is a great privileged position in the service of God. We must see our position in Christ as key and privileged. Therefore, be a blessing to someone


USORO PETER February 17, 2015 at 8:05 am



Virginia Latham August 5, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Am looking for info on Luke. Thanks


Jack Wellman August 5, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Thank you Virginia. Here is an article I wrote on Luke the Evangelist who wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts at this link: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2014/08/16/who-was-luke-the-evangelist/


James January 19, 2016 at 10:49 pm

Here’s my list of men to learn from and not to learn from
● Characteristics of Godly Men
Ananias of Damascus
John the Baptist
● Men to learn from through their fall of faith or no faith at all


marcai June 10, 2016 at 4:29 pm

I ADMIRE THE GOOD SAMARITAN-Would like him to come by if I
were in trouble.


ALFONSO ALFRED December 22, 2016 at 5:29 am

Peter the apostle of Christ..he fail JESUSa lit but never give up . Always come back to JESUS..The bibles says only him among the apostles walk on water with JESUS and only him his shadow heals the people. .Praise GOD. .


Noah Zibai August 5, 2017 at 4:17 pm

I like Noah , he was a just man , at a point God regretted creating man because man ‘s life was full of wickedness and God almost destroyed the human raise but Noah , found favour in the sight of God, so God preserved the family of Noah so, he was agreat man


Anil kumar September 20, 2017 at 10:13 pm

John the discipline and the Jesus christ


Mokubela F.T November 5, 2017 at 9:13 am

I am more interested in Joseph (Jesus father) he was given a task to raise Jesus who was not his biological son and he did not complain


Jack Wellman November 5, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Hello my friend. In accordance with the custom of the day Joseph was probably much older than Mary. It took men quite a few years to become financially secure enough to consider marrying, and when they did they chose younger wives who could bear numerous children. A generation is defined as the span of time between a man’s birth and the birth of his first child and Biblical times an average generation was 40 years long. Thus Joseph would likely have been about 40 years old while Mary was probably still in her teens when they got married. If God had wanted us to know more about Joseph, he would have let us know in His Word, but I’m sorry, we just don’t have much on Joseph.


Karla Velasquez December 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm

The Son of Man. He was undoubtedly avant-garde in more ways than one.


Ambrose Chukwuemeka Chris February 22, 2018 at 9:13 am

I’d so much love it if you can say about Elijah and his boy Elisha story how sensitive and tune they were to God’s leading. Thanks
May God inspire you the more with his word


Jack Wellman February 22, 2018 at 9:32 am

Hello Ambrose. Yes, you are right. THanks for the advice sir.


DBL07 March 7, 2018 at 6:49 pm

I wish we had a Psalms equivalent book that Joseph would have written during the long silence he spent in slavery, and jail and into the redemption of his family. So yo Joe!


Jack Wellman March 7, 2018 at 8:53 pm

Hey friend. That’s a good thought. I would imagine it would have been much like the Book of Psalms. Good point. Thank you for your comment.


Victoria L DeVaughn December 27, 2018 at 10:59 am

Jesus is the most powerful person that ever lived and his job is not yet done.
Also, there are alot of other powerful men one whose name was Stephen he was full of faith full of power and full of the Holy Ghost he performed great wonders and miracles and he was stoned to death but they didnt kill him he seen Jesus gave him his spirit and he fell asleep


Tori DeVa December 27, 2018 at 11:11 am

Jesus is the greatest person whom ever lived. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, he fed the hungry, he cast out devils, and he raised the dead. This man was so powerful he also forgives sins. He preached with power and authority. He is the everlasting father, the prince of peace. Glory to his name. Thank you Jesus


Edd Cunningham April 28, 2019 at 6:27 pm

Jesus the greatest ever.. Love Peter too.
I have 25 minutes to give our father’s day sermon. I have two months to get it together.
Prayer for me.


Jack Wellman April 28, 2019 at 7:02 pm

Praying for you friend.


Andrew June 21, 2019 at 2:52 pm

My favorite men in the bible is Paul the man who walked with God regardless of persecution he went through.
2. Enoch who walked with God and ge was no more.
2. John a man who had a gift of love.


Tim July 21, 2019 at 3:19 pm

I personally named my son Cyrus after King Cyrus and St. Cyrus the Healer. Read Isaiah 45


Simon Dannie India September 15, 2019 at 6:05 am

None but Moses!


Jack Wellman September 15, 2019 at 6:27 pm

No sir…many plus Moses. You cannot say he is the greatest, if that is what you mean or that only Moses was great. I believe Scripture shows you are wrong sir.


Rita Baker October 5, 2019 at 8:19 am

Were the men of ole Saved? If so, how, since Jesus had not come yet?


Jack Wellman October 5, 2019 at 11:36 am

Abraham believed God and was justified by faith. Jesus sacrfice gotes back into time and into eternity in the future. Read Heb 11 and see that these saints of the Old Testament are clearly saved by faith.


Euline Martin October 8, 2019 at 11:39 am

Nehemiah; A man who knew how to encourage others, who prayed before making decisions, who believed and trusted God for favor with man to bring restoration to the broken walls and burnt Gates of his City.


Amoah prince December 10, 2019 at 5:25 pm

Let’s forget about Jesus Christ because we know he is an exceptional. I think job is the greatest man because no one on this Earth can do what job did.


Jack Wellman December 10, 2019 at 6:09 pm

Job was remarkable in losing so much but still trusting in God, but what did Job did on earth that no other man could not do?


Amoah prince December 10, 2019 at 5:34 pm

Please brothers in Christ help me with this question. Does the Bible speak against lottery?


Jack Wellman December 10, 2019 at 6:08 pm

Hello my friend. The Bible does say that the love of money or the pursuit of money is evil. Please read this about the lottery and gambling: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/is-it-a-sin-for-a-christian-to-gamble/


Christine March 27, 2020 at 4:07 pm

I would say Barnabas , because when everyone was scared of Paul he stood by him with out fear and even travel with him until he able to preach by himself.


Brenda hodge May 2, 2020 at 1:41 am

I always love Moses. I always wonder why until I studied m found out he had a speech implement. I am 63 and stuttered bad as a child. Age 17 God called me ministry to teach. A miracle happen. I been teaching Sunday school for 45 yrs. So plan VBS and etc. I still have a speech implement . And I have a cat now named Moses. This is my second one. So I love Thr life of Moses


Ronnie Mwesigwa August 15, 2020 at 11:25 pm

How about Aaron the brother of Moshe. I think he was also a great man.


Agwe Solomon June 2, 2021 at 3:18 am

Joseph. The man who showed great patience and endurance, and salvation is all about that. Joseph ranks number one for me


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