Families Of The Bible
1. ABRAHAM AND SARAH
Abraham and Sarah were the first couples featured in the Bible. They were a part of God’s covenant with Abraham, and together they had two sons: Isaac and Ishmael.
Abraham was a prophet and a priest, while Sarah was also believed to be a prophetess by some. His faithfulness to God led him to leave his home country of Ur (modern-day Iraq), travel through Egypt, live in Canaan (modern-day Israel), and finally settle down in the Promised Land where he would die at the age of 175 years old.
Sarah’s faithfulness had its ups and downs as well; after many years she gave birth at 100 years old! She died at 127 years old after living out her days knowing her son Isaac would one day have children who would become the nation of Israel.
Jacob, the son of Isaac and Rebekah, is one of the most famous biblical figures in history. His name means “heel-holder” or “supplanter” and refers to his birthright being taken from him by his younger twin brother Esau. Jacob later receives this blessing back after working for it for 7 years as a slave for Laban the Syrian.
In addition to the other 12 sons he fathered with Leah, Rachel, and Bilhah (the handmaidens), Jacob also had four wives: Zilpah (Leah’s maidservant), Ishmael (Abraham’s son by Hagar), Bilhah (Rachel’s handmaiden) and Rachael herself. The children born from these wives are considered half-siblings as they share only one parent in common between them all; however, they do not share any physical characteristics such as eye color or hair color, unlike full siblings who do have these traits in common due to being born from same parents both genetically AND physically!
Jacob died at age 147 years old which is pretty impressive considering he only lived until 70 after receiving God’s promise about how long he would live if he obeyed Him 🙂
Joseph was the son of Jacob and Rachel. Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery because they were jealous that Jacob loved him more than them. Joseph was taken to Egypt, where he became a slave in Pharaoh’s palace. Sometime later, Pharaoh had a dream that no one could interpret for him except for Joseph. When Pharaoh asked what the dream meant, Joseph told him that there would be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. The king was so impressed with this news that he made Joseph his second-in-command over all of Egypt and gave him power over everyone else in the country!
When Jacob heard about how well his son was doing in Egypt, he sent word to tell him not to forget about his family back home—and send them some food during these hard times! This was when Jacob realized what had happened with his children many years ago when they were jealous of each other (and wanted their dad’s attention). Now it was time for reconciliation between them all!
4. MOSES AND ZIPPORAH
- Zipporah was Moses’ wife.
- She was a Midianite, descended from Jethro, who had been appointed chief priest of the Midianites by God to help them worship him more effectively.
- This made Zipporah a priest’s daughter; although she may not have been raised in any religious order, her father taught her about idolatry and other things that would have been useful for Moses to know (if he’d wanted), so it’s possible she was literate and had some knowledge of history and politics as well.
5. ELIJAH AND ELISHA
You might remember Elijah from the Old Testament story of how he was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind, but do you know the story behind his disciple Elisha?
Elijah and Elisha are two of the most amazing people in all of Scripture. They were prophets who lived during a time when God’s people were being persecuted. Yet despite their circumstances, they helped others and did not turn away from God at any point. Their lives are full of great lessons for us today!
6. JESUS’ FAMILY
Jesus’ family was not always supportive of his ministry.
Jesus’ family was not always supportive of his mother.
Jesus’ family was not always supportive of his brother.
Jesus’ family was not always supportive of his sisters.
Jesus’ family was not always supportive of his half-brother (Joseph).
7. Understanding the family dynamics of the Bible can make it more relatable.
The family dynamics of the Bible can be enlightening. How did Jesus’ family feel about his ministry? The Bible says that his mother and brothers came looking for him because they were worried about him. More interestingly, though, it tells us that “his sisters were there.” This suggests that Jesus may have been an only child or that there were other siblings whose names we’re not familiar with (John 7:10).
Jesus’ relationship with his father is also noteworthy: “Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often” (Luke 2:19). As far as we know, she never shared her thoughts with anyone else—not even Joseph! And even though Joseph was not present at Christ’s birth in Bethlehem (Matthew 1:18-25), he played a key role in raising Him through faithfulness to God’s will and provision of support when necessary.
Moses’ story shows us how a family can come together during difficult times—even when one member chooses another path than what has been chosen by others. His older brother Aaron was given responsibility for all of Israel’s priests; however, Moses saw this as an injustice since he had been chosen by God for leadership roles instead (Exodus 4). Nevertheless, he remained loyal to his older sibling until Aaron made a grave mistake at Mount Sinai which resulted in death sentences against both him (Leviticus 10) and Moses himself (Numbers 16). Even though their bond had been broken irrevocably after this incident,…
The entire family is depicted as being a source of strength and support in times when they needed it most. They are humanized in such a way that they become much more than just names on paper. This allows us to identify with their struggles and relate them to our own lives today, whether we are dealing with the loss of a loved one or facing difficult decisions about how to raise our children. It’s important for us as Christians to understand these stories because they provide insight into how God sees His people, which can help us better love those around us.