These 7 Bible stories about helping others are perfect for teaching your kids about the blessings of helping others or reinforcing to yourself the value of giving a helping hand.
1. Jonathan Helps David Escape
1 Samuel 20, the start of a fantastic interchange Between David and Jonathan, these are two companions we haven’t seen before in the Bible. Their friendship and love for one another is noble and honoring to the Lord. They adore one other as brothers and are committed to Israel’s well-being.
David had just returned from Naioth, where he had been hiding (and worshipping) with Samuel the prophet. People mistook Saul for a prophet because he followed and was swept up by the Spirit of God. He was not a prophet, but rather a person gripped by God’s Spirit.
David has come to Jerusalem to seek assistance from Jonathan, the King’s son, who is ignorant that his father continues to plot David’s death. So David swears to Jonathan, his friend, and brother in the Lord, that he is telling the truth and that Saul wants David dead. Jonathan is skeptical about David, but promises him, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do it for you.”
The remainder of the chapter covers David’s escape strategy, which is a fascinating and moving narrative. But first, consider David and Jonathan’s relationship and Jonathan’s willingness to assist his friend regardless of the cost.
Except for friendship, Jonathan had nothing to gain by assisting David. He was already second in line to the throne, Israel’s second most powerful person, and he was the king’s heir. Why should he assist this renegade warrior who will one day succeed him as King? Because, as the Bible tells us later in 1 Samuel 20, he loved him as he loved himself. Jonathan cared deeply about David and was willing to go to great lengths for him.
Jonathan and his commitment to helping others can teach us a lot. To assure David’s safety, he was willing to give up everything he knew and loved. Shouldn’t we do the same for those we care about? Do we sacrifice our desires and needs to show others God’s love?
We can take a page from Jonathan’s book and practice assisting others even when we don’t stand to gain anything. Or, to put it another way, let us love and help others as Jesus loves and hel[s us when we are down, out, and broken.
2. Boaz Helps Ruth
Ruth (the book) is mostly concerned with Ruth’s relationship with Boaz. Ruth was a Moabite woman who had immigrated to Israel after the death of her husband, an Israelite. Naomi, her mother-in-law, had also lost her husband and had returned with her. Ruth would go to the fields every day to glean food during the harvest, and they lived in a modest condition together.
Ruth was able to glean from Boaz’s field because he was a landowner and was aware of her predicament and instructed his employees to leave enough grain for her to glean.
Moreover, Boaz was a close relative of Naomi’s who, according to Jewish law, had the right to marry Ruth when her husband died. Ruth was persuaded by Naomi to go to Boaz in the evening and express her willingness to accept his marriage proposal. He was thrilled when she did, although he did point out that there was one relative who was closer in line to marry Ruth.
Boaz met with this relative the next day and explained the issue. The relative declined the offer because he believed it would jeopardize his own family’s condition. Boaz then pledged to Ruth in front of the town’s authorities that he would marry her.
Boaz and Ruth married and had a son named Obed not long after. As a grandmother, Naomi’s tragedy had changed into delight. Obed would go on to become King David’s grandfather, as well as an ancestor of Jesus Christ.
Ruth and Boaz’s story has a lot of great lessons for us today. One of them is the idea that God often uses persons who have been through traumatic experiences to alter the lives of many others. Second, God will work in unexpected ways. Ruth was a poor widow and a foreigner, but God used her to be a part of David’s and Jesus’ families. Finally, God’s absolute authority is visible. Even when we don’t comprehend what’s going on, he has complete control over the situation.
But also, what I’m interested in, is the fact of Boaz, despite Ruth being a foreigner and poor, helped her by allowing her to glean at his fields and eventually by offering a hand in marriage,
3. The Good Samaritan Helped a Jewish Man
In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tells the tale of the Good Samaritan. It tells the story of a traveler who is stripped of his clothes, beaten, and left half-dead along the road. Finally, the traveler is discovered by a Samaritan. Although Samaritans and Jews hated one other, the Samaritan assists the injured man.
To be honest, this narrative inspires us to support one another. We must be like the good Samaritan, ready to assist anyone in need, not just those we like or who like us, but everyone who requires assistance. ‘Now you go and do the same,’ Jesus said at the end of the parable.
4. Elijah And The Widow
First Kings 17 introduces the prophet Elijah and recounts his interactions with a Zarephath widow. The Lord was withholding rain from Israel, according to the chapter (verse 1).
The drought was a punishment for the nation’s widespread worship, which was overseen by Ahab and Jezebel, the royal couple. In verse 8, the Lord tells Elijah to travel to Zarephath, a hamlet outside of Israel, where he will be fed by a widow.
He found a woman gathering sticks and obeyed. “Bring me a little water in a jug for me to drink,” he urged, and “bring me a bit of bread in your hand” (verses 11–12).
The widow, on the other hand, was in desperate need. She reacted by saying, “I have nothing baked, except a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug, as the LORD your God lives.
Now I’m gathering a few sticks so that I can go in and prepare it for myself and my son so that we can eat it and die from it” (verse 13). She expected the supper she was about to prepare would be her family’s last. She didn’t have a choice except to starve to death.
Elijah’s response was unquestionably a test of her faith. He informed her that she needed to make a meal for him anyway and that she should use the rest of her ingredients. “Until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth,” says the LORD, the God of Israel, “the jar of wheat shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty.” (1 Chronicles 17:14).
The widow’s faith shone through in her deeds. And God kept His word: “She and he and their household ate for many days.” (verses 15–16) As promised, the widow’s food supply was supernaturally increased.
Furthermore, Elijah stayed in the widow’s house for a while, staying in an upper chamber. The woman’s son died of illness later, and she blamed Elijah for his death, believing that God was punishing her for her transgression (1 Kings 17:17–18).
However, Elijah cried out to God, “Lord, my God, restore this boy’s life!” (verse 21), and the kid was brought back to life. “Now I know you are a man of God, and the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth,” the woman remarked when she saw this (verse 24).
The story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath has a wealth of information. First, God frequently accomplishes His objectives through odd persons and sources. Second, God’s charity is extended to everyone, Jews and Gentiles alike, and the Sidonian widow was rewarded for her faith (Acts 10:34–35).
Third, God expects us to have faith (Hebrews 11:6). The widow’s miracle occurred only after she prepared lunch for Elijah, which she did out of genuine faith.
Again, I also want to point out how both Elijah and the woman helped each other achieve their desires. Which is something we need to be mindful of and do likewise.
5. Dorcas Makes Clothing To Help Widows and Those in Need
Dorcas, who was also known as Tabitha, was a Christian woman from Joppa. (Joppa was about 35 miles northwest of Jerusalem, on the Mediterranean Sea.) Dorcas lived her life following Jesus’ example of caring for others. She was well-known in her neighborhood for sewing garments for widows and others in need.
Dorcas, however, fell ill and died. Her friends prepared her body for burial while simultaneously communicating with Peter, who was passing through neighboring Lydda. Peter arrived as soon as he could. Dorcas was mourned by the women.
They led Peter upstairs to the room where Dorcas’ body had been laid to rest. They then stood behind Peter, weeping, and showed him all the lovely clothing Dorcas had sewn for others.
Peter requested that everyone wait outside the room for him. He knelt by Dorcas’ bedside and said a prayer for her. “Tabitha, get up,” “Dorcas then open her eyes”. And Peter then assisted her in getting out of bed.
This story of Dorcas is wonderful because it reinforces the importance of helping others as Dorcas did. In the end, she needed help, and God returned the favor through Peter.
6. Rahab Helps the Spies
Joshua had been chosen by the Lord to conquer the land of Canaan. Joshua needed to prepare a combat strategy, so he despatched two spies to Jericho across the Jordan River. Rahab, a city woman, aided the spies by allowing them to remain at her home. When city officials came looking for them, she concealed them under flax stalks on her rooftop.
She persuaded the spies that if they agreed to save her and her family when they returned to conquer Jericho, she would not turn them in. They told her to tie a red cord to her window before fleeing to the neighboring hills so they would know where she was when they returned.
Although Rahab had lived a sinful life (she was a prostitute), she determined to reform after hearing of God’s works (Joshua 2:8-11; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25). She married an Israelite later in life. Jesus was a descendant of hers (Matthew 1:5).
7. Ananias Helps Saul
Can you imagine assisting an adversary who assassinated some of your friends? That’s precisely what Ananias did.
That said, Saul was a devout Jew who despised Christians and desired to harm them. Saul was a bully, and many Christians feared him.
Saul headed out from Jerusalem for Damascus, where many followers of Christ were believed to be living. He intended to apprehend them and return them to prison. Something occurred to Saul while he was on the trip. A light from heaven flashed brightly, and a loud voice spoke.
Whose voice was it that addressed Saul? (Jesus) Saul couldn’t see after the light went out and the speaker ceased speaking. He couldn’t see. He had to be led into Damascus by his companions. Saul stayed in a house for three days without eating or drinking.
While this was occurring to Saul, a Damascus-based disciple of Jesus named Ananias received a vision from God. Ananias was instructed by God to carry out a specific task.
Can you believe what Ananias was instructed to perform by God? Ananias was sent by God to assist Saul, a known bully towards Christians. God had to address Ananias, who explained that Saul was a dangerous man. But God told Ananias that He had a unique plan for Saul. As a result, Ananias had to make a choice to make. “Should I obey God and help Saul by showing kindness to him?”
Ananias decided to put his faith in God. He went to the house, not knowing what would happen, and laid his hands on Saul and helped him get back his sight.
Final Word on These 7 Bible Stories on Helping Others
These seven inspiring Bible stories about helping others can be used to teach your children about the significance of helping others or to remind you of the necessity of extending a helpful hand.