The Word of God presents us with people who while they were born sinful they walked with God and followed Him to the point that they stood out from the pack. We can all learn from these men who were all leaders in their own right. Who were the holiest men in the Bible?
Job 1:8 says:
“And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
“Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.”
“And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
2 Kings 2:11
“And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
(5) King Hezekiah
2 Kings 18:1-7 (Note verse 5)
1 ”Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.
2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.
3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did.
4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.
5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
6 For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.
7 And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.”
(6) King Josiah
2 Kings 23:24-25
24 “Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD.
25And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.”
(7) John the Baptist
“Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
Some may not agree with this list. They may feel that King David should be on this list for he was once called a man after God’s own heart. Yet too much of King David’s life, as presented in the Bible, was not God’s own heart as God Himself sent Nathan to show him his grave sins. The same could be said of Abraham as well. You may say “What about Peter, John and Paul who were undoubtedly men greatly blessed by God and full of God’s miracle-working power?” But God in the Bible made no sweeping statements about them as He did with Job, Moses, Enoch and John the Baptist. Elijah made the list, not because of God’s miracles through him, but because any man that God carries to Heaven without seeing death deserves a place on this list as being very, very holy. His very translation into Heaven speaks volumes where the Bible is silent.
In Heaven we may find that King Hezekiah and King Josiah were the holiest of kings rather than the holiest of men but their lives were so godly as kings and their commendation so outstanding that I believe they deserve their place here.
What now? We should not see all this as Bible trivia but as examples of people we need to follow. Learn from their mistakes and from their successes. Note how Matt. 11:11 ended: “he that is least [most humble] in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he [John the Baptist].” How can we follow their example? The answer comes clearly from the following texts as I conclude:
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
2 Peter 3:18
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
2 Corinthians 3:18
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
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