Single People of the Bible

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Posted: Tuesday, February 03, 2009

by Mogama

Before we downgrade or downplay the place of single people in the Church, let’s take a quick look at some 19 outstanding singles of the Bible who are role models for the single life:Miriam was the senior sister of Moses, who helped her prominent prophet brother with some aspects of leading the people of Israel. Miriam helped organize Israelite women into the first choir recorded in the Bible.

Elijah became the most influential prophet of Israel after the Israelite monarchy was split into two kingdoms, the Kingdom of Israel in the north and the Kingdom of Judah in the south. Elijah was the national prophet to the northern kingdom. Elijah is distinguished as one of only two individuals in the Bible who went to Heaven without dying physically.

Elisha was mentored by Elijah, and he succeeded Elijah as prophet to the Kingdom of Israel. Unlike his predecessor, who was a man of the wild, Elisha freely associated with everyday people. His many miracles resemble the later miracles of Jesus. Elisha was probably the most Christ-like prophet of the Old Testament. He practiced New Testament virtues like giving your enemy food and water.

Jeremiah was specifically ordered by Yahweh not to marry. He preached for about 50 years, leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian army.

Daniel was one of a handful of people in Scripture of whom nothing negative is said. Like Joseph before him, Daniel became a master of dreams with prophetic overtones. The book named after him has become indispensable to students and scholars of Bible prophecy. And children at church remember the story of “Daniel in the Lions’ Den”.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, commonly known as “the three Hebrew boys” displayed brave and courageous devotion to Yahweh in the face of death by burning. The three youngsters were miraculously delivered by God from King Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace.

John the Baptist was cousin to Jesus and six months Jesus’ senior. John was much like Elijah — removed from people and very pointed and confrontational in his preaching. His purpose in life was to prepare the nation of Israel for the arrival of the Messiah, and to introduce the Savior to the world. His greatest honor was to baptize Jesus Christ in the Jordan River.

The Apostle John may have been single, because there is no mention of his wife. He authored five books and letters of the New Testament, including the Gospel of John and the prophetic book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible. His main themes were truth, light, and love. He became known as the Apostle of Love. Before Jesus died on the cross, He left His mother Mary in the care of John, who became the last of the New Testament apostles to die.

Mary Magdalene was a single woman who supported the ministry of Jesus all the way. She was the first individual Jesus appeared to after He rose from the dead, and she was first to report the news of Christ’s resurrection to the apostles. Some call her the first evangelist.

Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha were probably unmarried. These siblings remained devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Of course, Lazarus became famous as the guy whom Jesus brought back from the dead after he’d been dead for 4 days, the miracle which precipitated the arrest and murder of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul was by far the most accomplished Christian of the New Testament, surpassing even the apostles who physically walked with Jesus Christ. He wrote half of the New Testament’s 27 books and letters, and he became the most successful missionary and church planter. Without Paul, the faith that Jesus introduced would have probably remained little more than a sect within Judaism. Paul made Christianity a universal faith by taking the Gospel to the Gentiles.

Barnabas was the man credited with being the first to accept Paul, while the Church was still skeptical of Paul, who used to harass and kill Christians before he was converted. Barnabas mentored Paul, gave him credibility, and went with Paul on the first missionary journey, when the two men planted several churches among the Gentiles.

Timothy became Paul’s most trusted spiritual son. Timothy was the biracial son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother. As a youth, Timothy became an able Christian leader, who pastored the famous Church of Ephesus, the same church pastored by John the Beloved, the same church where Mary the mother of Jesus was member.

Lydia was a wealthy business woman, who accommodated Paul and his missionary team in the city of Philippi, where Paul planted the most mission-minded church of his career. Lydia became a charter member of the Philippian Church, and she was probably a leader there.

Jesus Christ remains the most famous single ever. He is the #1 role model of what it means to live the single life. The Church, which is the movement that Christ founded, needs to remember that our Founder was a single man. This historical fact should motivate every church to find ways to make singles an important part of the ministry, rather than unintentionally sidelining singles in our good efforts to promote marriage.

This list doesn’t even include Naomi and Anna, widows who remained single for the rest of their lives. Singles deserve our respect, not our suspicion and sympathy.

Mogama (Moses Garswa Matally) is graced with one loyal wife and three lovely children. He is a native of Liberia and the author of Refugee Was My Name, a memoir of his flight from civil war, and life in a refugee camp, before migrating to the United States. Also known as Brother G, the founding pastor of Church For All holds an Associate in Computer Technology from Owensboro Community & Technical College, a Bachelor of Theology from Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Website;email
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» left by Teresa Ortiz

4 years 31 days ago.
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Hi Mogama, very well put together, even though it was a list, your commentary made it flow like a story. It is true, us married people tend to be focused more on our families and not the things of God. just as Paul said in Corinthians, we obviously don’t have the gift of remaining single. Again, very good job and I hope it encourages single Christians, there is a special blessing in being single. God knows the heart, whether being single is not their calling and in serving Him, he will bring their spouse in due time.
Blessings to you! Teresa
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» left by Mogama 4 years 31 days ago.
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You are so right, Teresa. To affirm the singles in our church, we have set aside  Singles Sunday about once every quarter. Our goal is to let our Christian singles know they are complete as they are, even if they never get married. Thanks for your input. ~mogama~

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» left by Teresa Ortiz 4 years 31 days ago.
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What a wonderful thing to do! Praise the Lord! I am sure it inspires them to step out all the more in faith and service.
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» left by Gary W. Halsey Sr.

4 years 31 days ago.
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Wow Mogama, what a great article, and I agree with Teresa, (another one of my favorite writers), you have made a list, but it really does read like a story…I am not single, at least for the last 27 years, but this would seem to be a effective way to make your life with God, he is there when you are lonely, he is there when there is despair, and what a companion………great article, and even though I am not single, this would indeed relate to allot of singles…..Great job, your friend and fan in pen…..Gary.
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» left by Mogama 4 years 31 days ago.
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Yes, Gary, my heart really goes out to the singles, who often feel so much pressure to get somebody, anybody. They need to know and remember that they are complete just as they are, without a man or woman. Thanks for your input. ~mogama~

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» left by Jennifer from Pine Bluff, Arkansas 3 years 269 days ago.
Yes it was very good. This monthI will spek at my church Living Single, and save. How arre youn spending your life with the Lord.
Doc Lee
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» left by MaryR

 from San Antonio, TX 1 year 66 days ago.

Thank you for taking the time to point out the singles in scripture. I often feel incomplete as a single. I’ve been praying for a spouse for 8 years. Today, my boyfriend, who I’ve only been dating a few months, broke up with me because he is being stationed out of state. I admit I feel very discouraged. I’m so tired of being single and alone. I know God has purpose in this season of singleness and he will change it when he’s ready. I just pray that he gives me the grace to go through it with the right attitude. Until then, even though I’m tempted to get very disappointed, I’m determined to wait expectantly with patience and composure.
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» left by Mogama 1 year 66 days ago.
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Oh my dear Mary, I can almost feel the weight of your discouragement as I read your comment. But then I see the light of dawn with you when you said, “I’m determined to wait expectantly with patience and composure.”May the grace of God hold you and keep you right in the arms of faith where hope does not disappoint. I pray that God matches you with a true lover after God’s own heart. It is still possible, my dear. It is possible. ~mogama~

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  1. glenda March 12, 2013 at 5:23 am #

    this is from a article titled: 10 advantages singles have over couples but i’m not writing the tenth one (it’s stupid.) anyways enjoy!
    Advantage #1: You’re more hire-able
    If you’re looking for a job, being single gives you an edge. According to, unmarried Americans recovered approximately 90 percent of the five million jobs lost during the 2009 recession. Married Americans, in contrast, gained back just 22 percent of the positions they once held. Companies are snapping up singles for several reasons: first, only 42% of U.S. men and women get married before age 29, and younger employees typically have lower starting salaries than their older, more experienced counterparts. And economics experts also speculate that single-income households may have a greater sense of urgency in taking any job that’s hiring, while individuals living in homes with two or more incomes may wait for a position that’s better suited to the applicant’s skill set to open up instead.
    Advantage #2: You’re slimmer
    Let’s be honest: People in relationships can get lazy in terms of maintaining their looks, and one clear way this manifests is in their weight. One study by Ohio State University found that married people are more likely than singles to gain an extra 7 to 20 pounds of extra padding. Meanwhile, divorce serves as another of life’s “weight shocks” that prompts people to pack on the pounds, particularly for men and people over 30. Your more slender physique, in other words, is better off single.

  2. glenda March 12, 2013 at 5:25 am #

    Advantage #3: You’re good at everything
    Think about it: In most relationships you divide the chores — from who hangs the picture frames to handling the checking account and cooking meals. “But when you’re single, this is all yours. You check your own car coolant, level your own shelves, pay your own bills, cook your own dinners and navigate your own way,” points out Amy Spencer, author of Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Optimistic Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match. “It can be tiring, of course, but it’s good for you!” That means that whatever curveballs life decides to throw at you, you’ll have the confidence and experience to figure it out yourself.
    Advantage #4: You make the world a better place
    In one study published in the British Journal of Psychology titled “Men behaving nicely: Public goods as peacock tails,” researchers administered a computer game asking volunteers to donate money to a fund that benefited the common good. Men, it turns out, donated more while in the company of attractive females than they did when they were surrounded by other men. The moral of the story: When the possibility of love is in the air, men try harder to impress others. As Melvin (Jack Nicholson) famously said to Carol (Helen Hunt) in the movie As Good as It Gets: “You make me want to be a better man.” Being single brings out a man’s inner Samaritan.
    Advantage #5: You’re free to pursue the life you want
    In the best-seller Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert’s husband asks his soon-to-be ex-wife why she couldn’t go find herself within their marriage. (Answer: She would have if she could.) But the hard truth is, many people really need to spend time alone in order to figure out who they are. “When you’re single, you can pursue the life that is most meaningful to you,” explains Bella DePaulo, author of Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How To Stop It. “You can grow and change in ways that you find most authentic and meaningful; you don’t need to temper your dreams to fit the plans or expectations of a partner.”
    Advantage #6: You drink less alcohol (if you’re a woman)
    Apparently, marriage drives women to drink. At least, that’s according to one recent study by the University of Cincinnati, in which researchers compared the alcohol consumption levels of married and single people. The reason for this isn’t that marriage is so miserable that women end up hitting the bottle, but because partners’ health habits —specifically, the bad ones — tend to rub off on each other. Case in point: Married men drink less than their single counterparts, but consume more alcohol post-divorce.
    Advantage #7: You can squeeze into last-minute spots easier than a pair could
    “My single friend went to a stadium concert alone 15 minutes before it started to buy a ticket,” recalls Spencer. “Because he was alone, the vendor offered him the grand prize of a ‘band seat’ — which was one straggling eighth-row center spot for the show. That wouldn’t have happened if a couple had arrived looking for tickets to the show.” And these benefits are everywhere, if you know where to look for them: Being single means you can get to a movie late and still get a perfect seat in the middle if you’re willing to push past a few already-seated folks. You can get the last seat on an airplane or skip ahead on the roller coaster line. And you’re most likely to become friends’ “plus one” guest for fun events or dinners, whereas two people would’ve been impossible to include.
    Advantage #8: You can take risks and make life changes with a clear conscience
    Want to switch careers, move to a new city or take up skydiving? All of these leaps of faith are more easily done when you’re on your own. “I was able to quit my job and start my own business — even though I didn’t have a client or much of a business plan,” points out Eleanore Wells, author of The Spinsterlicious Life: 20 Life Lessons for Living Happily Single and Child-free. “It worked out well, but it was risky… and perhaps would have been an irresponsible — even reckless — move for me, if I had other people depending on my income.” So singles, use this time in your life to do all the crazy things you’ve ever dreamed of, because that wiggle room narrows significantly once you’re settled down with The One.
    Advantage #9: You meet a lot more people — and learn a ton just by sheer osmosis
    It’s a fact: Single people are more approachable — on trains, in restaurants, and anywhere else you can think of where people congregate. As a result, they end up being exposed to a lot more of what life has to offer. Ever heard that the best way to learn a foreign language is to date a native speaker, or living in-country? That’s because the best way to learn anything, really, is to spend time with those who have expertise in that area. “I dated a man on and off for several years who was a wine connoisseur,” says Kerri Zane, author of It Takes All 5: A Single Mom’s Guide to Finding the REAL One. “I now know that I love Viognier — I didn’t even know that there was such a wine before I met him! I also got to fly a small plane and hiked some pretty impressive mountains; I had a great time with every new experience.” And even if you two part ways, what you’ve learned stays with you for a lifetime.

  3. chozengirl2012 March 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is 7 and down? I don’t see them! that is soooooooooooo encouraging, thanks a million Gigi!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. glenda March 14, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    seven and down????? hmmm, i thought it was all there!
    *mwah* i love you!!!

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