Biblical Personalities That You Identify With


I’ve mentioned many times over again on this blog that I love to watch people, and to learn just what makes them tick. People, to me, are the most interesting creatures, and not a single one of us can be recreated in entirety. Considering how many of us souls have graced the earth since the beginning of time, that concept should just blow your brain right out of your head. It sure does mine.

That being said, though, I truly believe that each of us Christians can relate to at least one biblical personality. I think God purposely covered each basic personality trait through His people long ago, and I can’t even begin to tell you how many times this has brought me comfort.

The biblical person that I relate to the most is David. And no, it isn’t because he was a king, or even more amazing, called a man after God’s own heart. I wish. Instead, it is because of the way he responds to life that I tend to recognize in myself.

David spent a good deal of his childhood alone. Because of this isolation, he developed a true relationship with the Lord, and even though he committed all of the most humiliating and disgusting of sins, he had the wisdom and knowledge from the Lord to accept his discipline, and then move past it, never once doubting that the Lord still loved him. What I recognize in myself is that I handle discipline from the Lord much the same way, and though I’ve had my issues with trust, I have always known that I was saved. I think David did too.

David had an intimate understanding of who God was, and I recognize that kind of relationship with God in my own life. He was a warrior, but he wrote poetry as well. He played a harp, but he could sling a stone and kill a giant. Sometimes, I’m weak, yet other times I can be very strong. No, we obviously aren’t exactly the same, but I understand his reactions and decisions better than I do other people in the bible.

My daughter Rebekkah, on the other hand, always tried to insist that she could identify with Paul better than any of the other biblical people, but I just never did see it. I always saw a lot of characteristics of Moses in her, and when I finally got her to study about him, she totally agreed I was right.

Things I love about Moses are that he was meek — the meekest man on the face of the earth. Yet, through that humble, quiet man, Israel was led out of Egypt. He insisted on proof that God was who He said He was…He didn’t want to be fooled or tricked. Hence, the burning bush. Rebekkah is the same way. She tests the spirits until they cry Uncle…Moses wasn’t a complete innocent either, though. Moses murdered a man and then split after hiding him in the sand. He hid away from his sin for a long time before God called Him for His purposes.

One of my favorite Moses stories is that of Miriam being prejudiced against Moses’s inter-racial marriage. Because she was basically racist, she began to disrespect Moses, and Aaron, instead of calling her out about what was motivating this nonsense, just followed along, being deceived by her arguments. Here is the story from Numbers 12:

  1  Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman.   2  And they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it.   3  Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.   4  And suddenly the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.” And the three of them came out.   5  And the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward.   6  And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream.   7  Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house.   8  With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”   9  And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them, and he departed.   10  When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous.   11  And Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, do not punish us because we have done foolishly and have sinned.   12  Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother’s womb.”   13  And Moses cried to the LORD, “O God, please heal her—please.”   14  But the LORD said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again.”   15  So Miriam was shut outside the camp seven days, and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again.   16  After that the people set out from Hazeroth, and camped in the wilderness of Paran.

Now, answer me truthfully. How would you feel if God Himself confronted those who talked about you behind your back? I’m not sure, but it seems to me that Moses might have been completely clueless about what Miriam and Aaron had been saying. I think the key here though, is that Moses was so meek, it didn’t give him any pleasure at all that Miriam was being punished for what she had said about Moses. I can’t say that I’m a fraction of a fraction meek enough not to feel some sense of justification should God defend me against someone like that. And that is probably why God doesn’t speak to me mouth to mouth….I just have a long, long ways to go before I could ever be ready to be in His presence. Yet, Moses begged for her healing, and did not move the camp until she was allowed back in. What a beautiful, sweet, kind heart. I would dearly love to have that kind of heart.

So, my point to this post is just this..who do you identify with in the bible? I’d love to know what it is that you recognize in yourself that resembles that person.

— Bird



19 responses to “Biblical Personalities That You Identify With”

  1. There are so many in the Bible but when I try and think of anyone particular off the top of my head I can’t focus…but I’d have to say David. In his psalms the would write of the agony of feeling alone and somewhat wondering where God was…but by the end of the psalm he was praising and worshiping Him. That’s sometime what would happen and I would think God had somewhat washed His hands of me…especially during many years of depression and wanting God to just heal me instantly..and I would wonder why…but then I would acknowledge that He was with me and was sovereign and there was a reason why He did not choose to do that.. When I look back at all the circumstances at the time I can see His way had a reason and a purpose. (Kind of a long response)…..Diane


    • I like long responses. I love that you relate to David, the same as me. I’m impatient when it comes to God’s plans for me, but I’m learning little by little that God has His reasons for letting us go through what we go through. I’m definitely learning to trust Him. Thank you for sharing, Diane!


  2. I identify with Samson! I used to be strong and could go for hours on end. Then I met this woman, got married to her and lost all of my strength… LOL Just kidding! My wife would not be happy if she heard me say that. I was nicknamed Samson when I was a baby by the preacher because I was a lot stronger and smarter than all of the other babies in the nursery. (That is not a joke) My son is following in my footsteps, so we call him Samson Junior sometimes as a joke.

    I would say I identify with Jacob or Joseph though. My real name even comes from the hebrew Jacob. I am hated by my brothers. They blame me for their lack of inheritance from my father. (Long story but it was our father’s fault not mine.) I was my mother’s favorite and have won favor with most people I meet. I also have worked hard to get a wife and family. I win favor with most people. There are handfuls of people who are extremely jealous of me for some reason. I have struggled with man and God and have ended up a servant of God. My dreams are always lucid and they torture me unless I pray to God to stop them and he answers my prayer. I know this doesn’t make a lot of sense because it would require a lot more details but I do identify with Jacob and Joseph.


    • I think you hit the nail on the head. I love both of those personalities in the bible, though I don’t have much in common with either one that I can think of off the top of my head. I laughed and laughed about the Samson comment…awesome!


  3. I stress the fruit of faith and repentance. I detest my sins and want to spread the gospel with a passion I can not quench. I also volunteer at a homeless shelter, and deliver the gospel message to any who will listen. My heart is with those who suffer in this life, the widow, the orphan, the needy, the persecuted, and my heart is also with those who may suffer in eternity, those who are still unbelieving. So I identify with Paul and James. I can relate to Paul’s Thorn in his flesh and his frequent proclamation of “I am the chief of sinners”, James 1:27 = Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. Nuff said.

    Thanks again for a great post. I am certainly glad I stumbled upon your blog! Keep it up!


  4. U know I’ve never thought about this and what a great thought it is. I’ve been a practicing Christian all my life and it never crossed my mind to think about whose personality I might resemble…..which one shows impatience???:) I’m more of a Martha these days, sitting in quiet meditative silencewas but definitely used to be like Mary(of Martha and Mary fame), the one doing rather than being with Christ…but that’s changed. Thks Bird……Leanne


  5. I am told I am more like Barnibus because I am encouraging to everyone and step in to help where help is needed always offering positive support.
    Sometimes I think I am more like Paul because I spend so much of my free time with the elderly singing and praising His name. I volunteer at the local food pantry, humane society and assisted living homes spreading His praises.
    I guess I really never gave it any thought.

    Walk daily with God at your side!



  6. Good article–I never thought about comparing myself to anyone in the Bible so much though I always felt a kinship with Martha’s sister Mary.I teach two ladies Bible studies and I think I might use your idea with them and see what they come up with. Should be very intersting


    • I’d be honored! I always felt I was more of a Mary than a Martha myself. I have a cousin that is a definite Martha, though, and I think we might have had the exact same conversation about doing the dishes once. 🙂


  7. bird,
    i guess we all take on ‘multiple personalities’ throughout our lives in Christ. i’m not sure there really is just ‘one’ we carry and hold to. there are times where i have considered myself akin to Paul for his uncompromising strength and outreach. other times i have been like elijah, strong one minute, then running away to curl up and die by the brook cherith. often i have aspired to be david, the misunderstood ‘red headed step child’/psalmist/shepherd boy communing with God whether anyone was watching or not…
    but if i had to pick one person that i’d say my personality is most like, i’d like to be able to say it’s Barnabbas. ‘Son of the Father’ and ‘Son of Encouragement’. he was always taking people under wing and encouraging them forward in their walk with Christ. some would say this was the same man as Joseph in acts 1:23, (see acts 15:22) who even though he was ‘passed over’ for the ‘official title’, managed to just serve and function in the role anyways while building up others to serve Christ (Paul, John Mark). he took time to shepherd others personally and effectively to walk with and serve the Living Christ.
    thats my Barney!


  8. Great job writing this post! I have no idea who I most resemble in the bible.

    This I do know I am a warrior for Jesus Christ I love Jesus with all my heart and I am grateful for all of the blessings and favor GOD provides to me and my family. GOD is amazing.


  9. I really think I can identify with Thomas right now. I wrote about the blessings I’ve been given in my post “My Week at Camp” but because I had to leave out a lot of details the story isn’t complete. I’m Thomas because I needed more proof–about my own saved state about allowing God to completely heal me. He’s been throwing bricks at me for months just to get me to listen to Him in the still quiet voice. I asked for closure and finally being healed from this struggle and He gave me so much more. So much so, and in such a profound way, that all I can do is give Thomas’ expression of faith “My Lord and My God.” Now I’m working on what to do with this but even when I struggle or feel doubt creeping back in, it is so much easier to say “It’s okay–God’s got this.”


  10. I’d have to go with David as well, and it’s not just a name sharing thing. David pursued a relationship with God that was marked by integrity, but he still screwed up big time. God restored him anyway. We read how amazed David was that God would even consider him for the smallest task, much less the great things God called him to do. Crazy stuff.


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