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I was just noticing that many bible characters had widely different styles. For example Moses was unique in being the messenger of so many miraculous curses and deaths. John the baptist almost practiced the self asceticism of a monk. Jesus was healing everyone while eating and drinking things the Baptist renounced. He also shared his personal and warm thoughts with prostitutes and tax collectors!?

We seem to have striking and differing 'external styles' and practices at play. My question is do these external practices express their peculiar messages?

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I think it's obvious that their lives are expressing who they are. In most cases, the men of God are expressing their faith in God in their works and behavior. This is most notable in the case of Jesus, who perfectly expressed His message of God as a Father, and of the nature of the kingdom of God. –  Steve Sep 28 '13 at 18:11

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I would suggest that the nature of these heroes' lives were dictated primarily by the ministry God had assigned for them.

  • Moses' purpose would have been thwarted if he had spent his time in Egyptian bars sharing his feelings with them over a beer.

  • It was crucial to John the Baptist's mission that he be reminiscent of Elijah. If he had lived as Daniel or Joseph did the imagery would have been lost. It was crucial for him to minister out at the Jordan, crying out against Jerusalem, complete with the Elijah garb and lifestyle.

  • Jesus' healing ministry signified His role as the Messiah, come to deliver mankind from the curse. If He had spent His days calling down fire from heaven on His enemies, the Savior motif would have been lost.

With that said, (imo) it is likely that God used people whose personalities were a good fit for the ministry He had for them. Perhaps He even designed their personalities such that they would be a good fit for their ministry.

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+1 -- would give a +2 for the Moses joke –  Mike Dec 14 '13 at 3:48

These two scriptures might help to answer your question.

Isaiah 43:7 KJV

Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Romans 9:17 KJV

For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

my search for an answer in the Bible, leads me to believe that God not only forms people to be the exact type to present his message, but also dictates their circumstance.

Hope this helps.

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