The Olympians of Scripture

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Posted in Devotional, Current Events

The Olympians of Scripture

Are you still watching Olympic replays and highlights even though the games ended last week? We witnessed some remarkable feats at the Summer Olympic games. We've seen plenty of pictures that show the thrill of victory, and some, unfortunately, the agony of defeat.

This got me thinking about what sports some of the people from scripture would have participated in if the Olympics were held in those days. Leave your ideas in the comments below…

Soccer
The 11 apostles. Working as a team, they'd dominate the field and go for the goal.

Basketball
Alma and the four sons of Mosiah (Ammon, Aaron, Omner, and Himni). There's a starting five I'd put up against any Dream Team.

Wrestling
Enos, enough said.

Weightlifting
The men's heavyweight gold medal winner set a world record with a total of 1,043 pounds ground to overhead (snatch + clean + jerk)! Samson could probably do more. Just don't cut his hair.

Marathon
Paul with all his missionary trips had to have traveled the farthest while spreading the Gospel.

Sailing
Nephi. With God's help and the Liahona, he guided the ship with his family halfway around the world to the Promised Land. He'd definitely be able to navigate the coastal waters of the host city.

Discus, shot put, hammer throw, or javelin
David. The boy could sling.

Equestrian
Noah. He was the best with animals.

Swimming
Jonah. He was in the water longer than anyone.

Synchronized Diving
Naomi and Ruth. By following her mother-in-law's lead, Ruth took a big plunge that paid off.

Track
John. After Mary told him and Peter that Jesus' body was gone, I don't think Usain Bolt could have passed him to get to the tomb.

Boxing
Job. No matter how hard he got hit, he got back on his feet.

There's a lot of hoopla surrounding the Olympic champions, but isn't it great to know that each of these scriptural heroes accomplished so much for the kingdom of God? Now, that's something to cheer for.

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Comments (9)

  • Linda Scolaro

    Linda Scolaro

    23 August 2016 at 08:47 |
    In thinking of some women, Mary the mother of Jesus,would watch in the sidelines and be a supporter as she ponders things. If Moses was a participant, his sister, Miriam, would watch as well for his safety. Thanks for a great article.?

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  • Linda Scolaro

    Linda Scolaro

    23 August 2016 at 08:50 |
    ...sorry didn't mean to type ? Thanks for a great article!

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  • Suzanne Beeman

    Suzanne Beeman

    23 August 2016 at 09:53 |
    Moses lead the Crew team to slice through the Red Sea

    Esther canoe slalom around some difficult situations pressed by time to reach her goal--save her people.

    Guess I am partial to the water sports.

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  • Jared S

    Jared S

    23 August 2016 at 10:38 |
    I think Jacob (Israel) could have been a good wrestler, before his hip injury of course.

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    • Suzanne Beeman

      Suzanne Beeman

      23 August 2016 at 11:00 |
      Very clever.

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  • Sister Michelle Watson

    Sister Michelle Watson

    23 August 2016 at 12:37 |
    Love these comments! Nimrod and Nephi could've faced off in archery. Laman and Lemuel would've been the ultimate sideline hecklers.

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    • Suzanne Beeman

      Suzanne Beeman

      24 August 2016 at 09:05 |
      so funny

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    23 August 2016 at 21:45 |
    Love this blog!! Such a cool concept! I would think that Soloman would be one of the judges.

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  • Jared S

    Jared S

    24 August 2016 at 21:09 |
    Saul wins at javelin!

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