JOSEPH’S SELF-CONTROL

Background Joseph is one of the two sons of Rachel, Jacob’s best-loved wife. Because of this relationship, Jacob shows such obvious favouritism toward Joseph that his other brothers hate him. He was given the position of overseer rather than shepherd when he informed Jacob of some indictable offence his...

Esther’s Gentleness

Background Esther’s name means “star.” As the orphaned daughter of Abihail, a member of the tribe of Benjamin, Esther grows up in Persia with her older cousin, Mordecai, who raises her as if she were his own daughter. Mordecai held an office in the household of the Persian king,...

Noah’s Goodness

The Bible reports that nine generations have passed since God created Adam and Eve. Mankind has grown so evil that God is determined to destroy the human race (Gen 6:13) But in the midst of rampant sin, violence, and corruption, God notices an exception in the life of one...