Great Men of the Old Testament

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Great Men of the Old Testament – Foreword

by Jocelyn Mozak

Jesus Christ asked this question, ” . . . when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). Jesus implied there would be little. In a world that is bent on ungodliness, the threat of nuclear war, new and incurable disease epidemics, and increasing antagonism against those who uphold… Read More

Part One—The Patriarchs: Noah

by Jocelyn Mozak

Noah is the first of the patriarchs we should examine. Righteous Abel and Enoch lived before his time, but we have little information about them. Noah was the tenth in line from Adam, having descended from the line of Seth. He was the son of Lamech, as well as the grandson of Methuselah. The Bible… Read More

Part One—The Patriarchs: Abraham

by Jocelyn Mozak

Abraham was one of the most important men of the Old Testament. In Genesis 11, the genealogy of Abraham is given, going back to Shem, the son of Noah. Abraham was born at about 2016 BC, or 350 years after the Flood. Bible commentaries point out that the genealogy of Genesis 11 is one of… Read More

Part One—The Patriarchs: Isaac and Jacob

by Jocelyn Mozak

Jesus said Isaac and Jacob would be in the Kingdom of God (Luke 13:28). They must, then, be considered great men of the Old Testament. Isaac, the son of Abraham, was the father of Jacob. His birth was as follows: And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham begat Isaac: And Isaac was… Read More

Part One—The Patriarchs: Joseph

by Jocelyn Mozak

Among the great men of the Old Testament, Joseph is truly unique. Joseph’s father, Jacob, originally intended to take only one wife, but his father-in-law, Laban, deceived him, and he ended up with two wives who were sisters. The account is given in Genesis 29-30. Competition between the two of them led to two more… Read More

Part Two—the Judges: Joshua

by Jocelyn Mozak

Upon the death of Moses, Joshua was chosen to replace him. He was the conqueror of the Promised Land, and set the stage for the period of the judges that followed. This is why he is included in the section of the judges. The Byzantine historian, Procopius, wrote that in his day two columns of… Read More

Part Two—the Judges: Gideon

by Jocelyn Mozak

The Israelites served God all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who outlived him. But in time a new generation arose that had not seen Gods power and works. They forsook God and turned to Baal worship (Judges 2:7, 10-11). According to the punishment God promised, they were sold into… Read More

Part Two—the Judges: Jephthah

by Jocelyn Mozak

After the death of Gideon, the Israelites again turned from God. We read: And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon,… Read More

Part Two—the Judges: Samson

by Jocelyn Mozak

The last of the Judges to be covered in this work is Samson. In many ways he was one of the most unusual. In our English Bible he is called Samson, but in the Hebrew tongue his name was “Shemshon,” pronounced with a long “e.” His name meant “the bright one,” or “strong man.” In… Read More

Part Three —The Kings: Saul & David

by Jocelyn Mozak

David was the second king over the 12 tribes of Israel, and certainly a man who trusted God and practiced righteousness. But his life is so entwined with that of Saul, it is necessary to consider the background and life of Israel’s first king-King Saul. Saul is both a good and bad example. Though eventually… Read More

Part Three —The Kings: Solomon

by Jocelyn Mozak

There was no king of Israel who accomplished more for the prosperity of his people than Solomon. People who lived at that time were truly privileged to be a part of the nation of Israel. In spite of the fact that Solomon turned from God in his old age, his relationship with God for much… Read More

Part Three —The Kings: Asa

by Jocelyn Mozak

Upon Solomon’s death, his son Rehoboam took the throne. He was unrighteous, and early in his reign the ten tribes of the North broke away from the house of David. Rehoboam reigned 17 years and upon his death, his son Abijah took the throne. Abijah reigned only three years and upon his death his son… Read More

Part Three —The Kings: Jehoshaphat

by Jocelyn Mozak

Upon the death of his father, Asa, Jehoshaphat took the throne. He was a righteous king and followed in the footsteps of his father. At this time there was a serious threat of war with Israel. Jehoshaphat took measures to protect his country. And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against… Read More

Part Three —The Kings: Jehu

by Jocelyn Mozak

Jehu was not a righteous man in the sense that he was dedicated to God’s Way of Life. But he should be considered great because of his zeal in obeying God’s instruction to avenge the house of Ahab. He was given a commission through the prophet Elijah-a commission that played a major role in the… Read More

Part Three —The Kings: Hezekiah

by Jocelyn Mozak

The father of Hezekiah, Ahaz, was a wicked king (2 Chr. 28:1-4), but Hezekiah did not follow in his footsteps. We may never know why some evil kings did not follow in the footsteps of their righteous fathers, or why some righteous kings did not follow in the footsteps of their wicked fathers. It would… Read More

Part Three —The Kings: Josiah

by Jocelyn Mozak

Josiah, the last of the righteous kings of Judah, is the final king to be considered in this section. Josiah is perhaps unusual because a wicked father and wicked grandfather preceded him on the throne. His grandfather, Manasseh, was the most wicked king that ever ruled in Judah, and his father Amon followed in the… Read More

Part Four—the Prophets: Moses

by Jocelyn Mozak

The Bible defines faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). In brief, it is belief in God’s existence, and that what He has promised He will perform (v. 6). With this explanation, the first of the prophets we need to examine is Moses. Although he was… Read More

Part Four—the Prophets: Samuel

by Jocelyn Mozak

The advent of Samuel introduces a new era in the history of Israel. During the period of the judges, “open visions” were scarce. This was about to change. A theocracy under kings was also soon to begin, and God would now make His will known to the king, and to the people, by means of… Read More

Part Four—the Prophets: Elijah

by Jocelyn Mozak

One of the most fascinating of the prophets was Elijah. He is also one of the greatest, a man truly zealous for God. Little is known about the background and personal life of Elijah. He appears to have been middle-aged, at least, when he came on the scene-at a time when the nation of Israel… Read More

Part Four—the Prophets: Elisha

by Jocelyn Mozak

Elisha was chosen by God to continue the office of Elijah. His primary mission was to advise the kings of Israel. In that sense, what he accomplished was a continuation of the work of Elijah. Among the prophets who performed miracles, none surpassed Elisha. The number of miracles attributed to him is simply astounding. Some… Read More

Part Four—the Prophets: Isaiah – Jeremiah – Ezekiel

by Jocelyn Mozak

The reason these three prophets are not covered as separate individuals in this work is because information about their personal lives and accomplishments is scant by comparison to others. It is for this reason we have not included a number of the “minor prophets” in this work as well. This does not mean, however, that… Read More

Part Four—the Prophets: Daniel

by Jocelyn Mozak

Daniel is the last of the great prophets to be covered in this section. He was one of the three most righteous men in the Bible (Ezek. 14:13-14). His name means “God is Judge.” He was one of the Jewish exiles taken to Babylon in 640 BC, and as a member of the royal seed… Read More

Part Five —The Governors: Ezra

by Jocelyn Mozak

About 150 years before the time of Ezra, Isaiah the prophet prophesied of the work that Ezra was to accomplish. These prophecies did not refer to Ezra directly, but it did foretell his essential role in their fulfillment. Here are the prophecies: “Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I… Read More

Part Five —The Governors: Nehemiah

by Jocelyn Mozak

Nehemiah came on the scene about 13 years after Ezra, but they were contemporaries. At Babylon he was the king’s cupbearer and was in daily contact with the king. As a result of this contact, he was a man of influence, conversant with what was going on within governmental circles. He was informed on many… Read More