What Do They Have in Common? | Biblical Icebreaker


Find the qualities/traits that these Bible characters have in common. The characters to study are:

  • Rahab
  • David
  • Omnri
  • Athaliah
  • Joash
  • Manasseh
  1. Divide the participants into groups and give each group one of the Bible characters. Each group must select a captain.
  2. Give them five minutes to study the Bible character and prepare a one-minute summary to present. The captain presents the summary.
  3. Next, have all the groups form one group. The group must select a captain.
  4. Give them five minutes to find the things these Bible characters have in common.


In conclusion, you present that all of these Bible characters were great sinners. But, also, all of them were ancestors of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have provided a Bible verse for each Bible character. The use of these Bible verses is optional since the reality that these characters were sinners is a well-known one.

We have also added some quotes to share on Jesus and how he took humanity upon himself.


And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. —Joshua 6:25 (KJV)


And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. —2 Samuel 11:4 (KJV)


But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse than all that were before him. —1 Kings 16:25 (KJV)


And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal. But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him from among the king’s sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain. 2 Kings 11:1-2 (KJV)


Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it. —2 Chronicles 24:22 (KJV)


So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel. —2 Chronicles 33:9 (KJV)


It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man’s nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. WHAT THESE RESULTS WERE IS SHOWN IN THE HISTORY OF HIS EARTHLY ANCESTORS. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life. {DTG 48.6}

Every man is free to choose what power he will have to rule over him. None have fallen so low, none are so vile, but that they can find deliverance in Christ. {DTG 258.6}

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. —Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)

Edward Lara @ www.edithandedwardlara.com

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