Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the LORD sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel. – Deuteronomy 34:10-12.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, – Hebrews 12:1.
Scholars beamed as they examined the faded pen strokes on the ledgers before them. The invaluable books belonged to George Washington and came to light when other Washington family treasures were found in a Washington and Lee University vault. The find, which vastly enriched the already bulging store of Washington memorabilia, proved that Martha Custis brought enormous wealth to the marriage: 26,650 pounds, or nearly six million dollars. The thirty-six page document from the General’s account book details both his settlement of the Custis estate and his guardianship of the stepchildren.
The ordinary person has an inveterate curiosity about the everyday life of the famous. Perhaps we wish to share vicariously in the riches and influence that are beyond us personally. Christians elevate this curiosity to a higher level. Living in a secular world and seeing unacceptable models of behavior, we seek a spiritual model. In Scripture famous spiritual heroes march in unbroken ranks before us. Desiring most intensely to please God, we search his Word to see how people have pleased him in the past. Their example helps us to please him now.