Helpers We Don’t Hear Much About

Call them unsung heroes…call them backstage” biblical models…whatever you call them, the Scriptures are filled with individuals who pitched in to do Kingdom work. Sometimes they are named, sometimes they are not-but you get the idea that God appreciates them. As you look over this list (and this is just a sampling!) perhaps it will inspire you to join the ranks of the not-particularly-famous-but-much-needed Kingdom volunteers.

The Scriptures
(space does not permit us to print out the entire passage but we hope you will enjoy looking them up.)
The Helpers Observations
Exodus 18:13-23
[Jethro] said to him, “…you shall select…able men…every great matter they shall bring to you…every small matter they…shall judge…for they will bear the burden with you.” Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, who saw that Moses had an untenable situation in governing the children of Israel, and helped Moses restructure the system so that justice could be meted out without exhausting Moses or the people. The “able men” who helped bear Moses’ burden Moses was too frazzled to see his problem let alone recognize the solution. Jethro had an administrative knack and was able to offer a timely word of advice that greatly improved the situation for God’s people.
Exodus 35:21-22
They came, both men and women, as many as had a willing heart, and brought earrings and nose rings, rings and necklaces, all jewelry of gold, that is, every man who made an offering of gold to the LORD. Various children of Israel who contributed to the building of God’s tabernacle through free will offerings This is in contrast to the gold that some of the children of Israel had contributed for the making of the golden calf; these people had hung onto their gold and their jewelry for a better purpose.
Exodus 35:30-35
“…the LORD has called by name Bezalel…and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding…to design artistic works…in gold and silver and bronze…jewels…wood, and…ability to teach…” Bezalel, of the tribe of Judah, skilled in all manner of artistic workmanship for the building of the Tabernacle The Lord specifically called this artist and gave him great understanding and the ability to teach others. God has definite ideas of what He wants and sometimes gives phenomenal abilities to those who will faithfully use them for His purposes.
1 Kings 17:8-24
Then…the LORD came to him, saying, “…See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” A widow commanded by God to provide for Elijah In providing hospitality for the man of God, the widow received miraculous blessing for her household: food for many days, and her son brought back from death, or possibly the brink of death.
2 Kings 4:1-7
Then [Elisha] said [to her], “Go, borrow vessels from…all your neighbors…do not gather just a few. And when you have come in,…pour it [the bit of oil] into all those vessels…sell the oil and pay your debt…” Neighbors who loaned their empty vessels and the sons who went out to collect them (Elisha used those vessels to perform the miracle of the oil, saving an impoverished woman from creditors who would have taken her sons as slaves) Sometimes when God wants to do a miracle, He asks us to make preparations. We may or may not understand the preparations, but God blesses according to our faithful obedience.
2 Kings 4:8-17
And she said…”Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly…let us make a small upper room…so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.” The Shunamite woman whose hospitality to Elisha extends to building him a special guest chamber The woman who blessed Elisha did not expect anything in return, but she was supernaturally blessed to bear a son.
1 Chronicles 25:1-7
David and the captains of the army separated for the service some…who should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals… 288 skilled musicians separated for service by King David and the captains of his army Music is not merely for our enjoyment, but the praise and prophetic aspects make music an integral part of God’s battle.
2 Kings 5:1-15
Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet…for he would heal him of his leprosy.”…And his servants…said, “…if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says…’Wash, and be clean’?” The servant girl who tells leprous Naaman about God’s healing power and the other servants who urge Naaman to obey the prophet’s instructions for healing These servants cared enough about their master to direct him to God’s messenger for healing, and they were willing to risk his anger to do so.
Nehemiah 2:16-18
…I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, or the others who did the work. Then I said to them, “…Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.”…Then they set their hands to this good work. Priests, nobles and workmen who agreed to do the work of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem A variety of helpers from religious leaders to “high born” people of status to grassroots workers were needed to rebuild the wall. Each of them was willing to contribute based on their trust that this was God’s project and their desire to uphold His reputation.
Matthew 8:14,15
…So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them. Peter’s mother-in-law who served Jesus and the disciples She served them after Jesus healed her of a fever, immediately putting His gift of healing to good use. Also, notice that helpers are often found in families!
Mark 2:2-5
And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd,…they uncovered the roof…they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Friends of the paralytic in Capernaum who literally raised the roof in order to lower their friend into the presence of Jesus This man received healing because of the faith of his friends, who were creative in finding a way to bring him to Jesus.
Luke 10:1-3
…the Lord appointed seventy others…and sent them two by two…Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” The “70 others” whom Jesus sent out two by two to every city where He was about to go Sometimes it takes a laborer to carry the burden of praying for more laborers; the fact that more laborers were needed did not stop Jesus from sending out those He had.
Acts 9:36-41
…there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.… all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made… Tabitha (also called Dorcas) who was a charitable woman full of good works, including sewing garments for women to whom she ministered. This woman was so beloved by the women to whom she extended kindness that they apparently interceded for her even after her death-with the result that Peter prayed and God restored her life.
Acts 16:11-15, 40
…when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.”…So they went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia; and when they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed. Lydia, the seller of purple, who came to faith in Jesus and immediately got involved in the ministry of hospitality It seems that in addition to hospitality, Lydia was involved in evangelism since she and her household were baptized. Also, it seems that her house became a hub of activity for ministry (verse 40).
Romans 16:1-2
I commend to you Phoebe…a servant of the church in Cenchrea,…receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many… Phoebe, described as a servant and a helper Paul makes a point of asking people to assist Phoebe with her work, which could point to her as an early example of servant leadership, since Paul appears to be conferring some authority upon her.
Romans 16:9,12
Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ…Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord. Urbanus, Tryphena, Tryphosa and Persis, described as those who have labored much in the Lord These are names which few of us have memorized; they are not famous for particular deeds, yet their availability to help has placed them in the Scriptures.


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