Youth of the Bible Who Took a Chance and Changed Things

As I proudly watch young people across the country stand up against violence in their schools, I am saddened by the many adults who discount their efforts, their feelings and their voices. Just a quick reminder that many of the heroes of our Bible were young, too.

Gideon

He was sure that someone has young as he from a family of no influence or power could possibly lead the Israelites to victory against the Midianites, but God had other plans.

Jeremiah

Another servant of God who thought he was far too young to be a prophet. Boy, was he wrong!

Naaman’s servant girl 

A un-named Israelite girl who was taken into slavery by the armies of Aram dared to tell her mistress about a prophet in Israel who could heal her husband, Naaman.

The Kid with the Lunch 

Jesus fed the five thousand, but it started with a kid who decided to share his lunch.

David 

Even someone who has never cracked a Bible knows the story of the young shepherd boy who defeats the giant Goliath when no one else could.

Mary, the mother of Jesus

She said yes to being the mother of God, even though it meant she could be stoned for getting pregnant with a baby that did not belong to her betrothed.  She really knew how to cry out for justice.

He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.

Our scriptures are filled with young people shaking things up and changing the status quo. Who else can we add to the list?

 

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