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"...That's good Bible."
Mal Reynolds, Firefly

Tip: Read chapter 11 of the letter to the Hebrews for an In-Universe list of historical CMOAs.

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  • Assuming you are a believer, every miracle counts. But some specific examples:
    • The entire universe gets created because He said so.
    • The Tower of Babel. Humanity has gathered together and reached its peak, thinking there's nothing it can't do. So how does God respond? He snaps His fingers and Humanity takes a huge step back by suddenly not understanding each other.
    • The Ten Plagues. Joint with Moses and Aaron only in terms of the two humans being God's message boys.
      • Every one of the Plagues was a screw-you to at least one of Egypt's gods.
    • The parting of the Red Sea. To top it off, He drowned Pharaoh and his army while at it.
      • Maybe if they'd had Road Runner cartoons in Egypt, Pharaoh wouldn't have ridden right into that one.
      • In Exodus 33 Moses asks to see God’s face, but He refuses because if Moses did see Him face to face, His sheer Awesomeness would kill him. Even when they compromise and God allows him to see His back, Moses comes down the mountain with his face so radiant that people have to shield their eyes from him so as not to be blinded.
    • Toppling the walls of Jericho. By having His people march around it for a week in silence, and then making noise and yelling on the last day. God also very precisely saved only one small section of the wall, where a lady had helped His spies stake out the area.
    • A sort of joint Moment of Awesome for God and Gideon in the Book of Judges. The Israelites are up against a ridiculously powerful enemy - and outnumbered. God chooses timid Gideon to lead them - a man who He found hiding in a hole. Before the battle, God tells Gideon that He wants the eventual victory to be so awesome that everyone will know it had to be God's doing, and for the Israelites to be absolutely sure they know who's delivering them. So Gideon tells the men they can all leave if they want. Over half the army shrugs and wanders off, but God still says the odds are not bad enough. So God and Gideon whittle it further down to a mere 300 of the original force, judging who stays and who goes by the way they drink, of all things. The final odds are 300 versus an army "as numerous as locusts" and which "can't be counted as like than sand on the seashore". Then, just to really hammer the point home, Gideon issues an order that, rather than go into battle wielding weapons, they are to wield clay jars with torches in them and trumpets. They do as he says, against all logic, and when they charge the enemy, said enemy all turn around and try to flee - cutting themselves up with their own swords in the process.
      • A little bit of extra stuff: the Israelites attacked at night. They sounded the trumpets, smashed the jars, held up the torches, blew their trumpets, and yelled. To the enemy, it sounds like Israel is packing a HUGE army, and then God added to their confusion, which makes the joint armies of the enemies attack each other for betraying them to the Israelites.
    • Okay, there's a bit where the Philistines have captured the Ark of the Covenant and want to sacrifice God to their idol, Dagon. They have a fight. God wins. By strangling Dagon to death.
      • More specifically, the day after the Ark is captured, Dagon is found bowing to God, facedown on the ground. The Philistines stand their God back up... and the next day, they find Dagon facedown again, this time with his head and hands ripped off and tossed aside. God then proceeds to devastate every place the Ark gets sent to with panic, tumors, and death until they finally send it back to Israel. With gold gifts, even.
      • In addition, the ark is sent back in a cart led by two cows that have never been tamed and were separated from their calves. The cows ditched their babies willingly for service to God, and headed straight back to Israelite territory.
    • The showdown between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. The challenge: to prove whose god is legit, both parties will pray for a pyre to burn. Elijah stacks the deck against himself, on purpose, by soaking his pyre in water and letting them go first. God still sets it fully aflame regardless, proving who's in charge.
      • He soaks the pyre so much that water is filling the runoff trough. And the fire still leaves a crater.
      • Not only that, Elijah taunts the priests of Baal when they can't deliver, suggesting that their god is sleeping, away on a trip, off taking a leak, etc. He gives them a whole day to cavort about. And when it's Elijah's turn? He says 63 words.
      • Then the Isrealites, in their rage at the realization of their fallacy, killed all of them.
      • He once resurrected a widow's son.
      • And at the end of Elijah's life, instead of dying, he's carried bodily up into God's presence in a chariot of fire. Even better, after he was taken up, people absolutely refused to believe that he was really dead, and they looked for him for generations. Even Elisha, Elijah's successor, couldn't stop them.
    • Subtler, but no less awesome: God manages to hammer some compassion into Jonah's thick skull using only biting sarcasm and a large gourd.
    • Then there's the story of King Uzziah of Judah. Uzziah, his ego bloated from his many successes, tries to do something only the priests are allowed to do-burn incense in the temple. God's response? He strikes Uzziah with leprosy, essentially ending his days as king of Judah.
    • When the Assyrian army lays siege to Jerusalem and its commander trash talks God in front of the city walls, God sends an angel that kills 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in a single night.
    • Well, it's like they sing: our God is an Awesome God.
    • What's that, Mr. Satan? You've finally beaten me, you say? Killed my son, you say? I'll never see him again, you say? The human race is now doomed to an eternity of sin and death, you say? GUESS AGAIN!!!

  • He gets better. It's a Moment of Awesome, Heartwarming Moments and a Tear Jerker, all at the same time. Of course, he had plenty before that.
    • In The Inferno — both the original by Dante and the remake by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle — He spends His time between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection by going down to Hell. To rescue people. According to Niven and Pournelle, when He got to the city of Dis, the Infernal bureaucrats tried to get Him to fill out their forms before they let Him in. So he kicked the iron gates of the city down, and scared the demons so much that they were afraid to repair the gates for over two thousand years.
  • The Cleansing Of The Temple. Ever wanted to know what the Son of God is like when you thoroughly piss Him off? Turn one of His Father's temples into a financial bazaar on Passover, and set out to prey on vulnerable women and children. An enraged Jesus overturns the tables, smashes the displays, turns the animals loose, and forces the crooked merchants out with a whip of cords. Beware the Nice Ones, indeed.
    • This one also becomes a Heartwarming Moment when you realize just why he was so ticked: The moneylenders had set up shop in the Court of the Gentiles, where non-Jews were supposed to be able to go to learn about God. His anger wasn't just for the Temple itself, but for the sake of those who might be seeking God regardless of their nationality, which is why he quotes Isaiah:
      Jesus: It is written, 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations...'
    • It gets even more awesome! During times of festivity, under normal circumstances, the people would sacrifice a clean animal, such as a sheep, a goat, or a dove, to expiate their sins. But in this case, the moneylenders were marking up the prices for the animals destined to be sacrificed so that most people couldn't afford the animals they really wanted to sacrifice. Jesus was right to lash out at the moneylenders for turning the temple into "a den of thieves"!
  • Every time Jesus knocks The Pharisees down a peg when they try to incriminate or discredit Him. What's more impressive is that He never uses His divine abilities to make a point to them, only relying on His knowledge of the Law of Moses or His wits. Guile Hero, indeed!
    • The Pharisees confront Him with the supposedly impossible: condemning an adulteress to be stoned and thus certainly ending up in jail for violating Roman law, or, by letting her go, allowing for claims that he is not the Son of God by not upholding the Jewish law. As the Guile Hero that he is, Jesus simply replies "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." To which, everyone simply walks away as the realization of his words sinks in. Especially as He is the only one who can throw the first stone. After they all go, He asks the woman whether anyone remains to condemn her. Reply? "No one, Lord". His answer to that is "Then neither do I condemn you. Go and Sin No More."
      • There's more Awesomeness by Analysis going on there than most people realize. The Torah required that in a case of adultery, both parties had to be brought to judgment together, so where was the man? Moreover, Jewish law at the time stipulated that in any death penalty case, the witnesses were disqualified if they didn't try to warn the perpetrators against carrying out their crime. Finally, the witnesses themselves had to throw the first stones. Jesus basically disqualified the witnesses in a perfectly legal manner and then, since he himself hadn't witnessed the crime and therefore wasn't qualified to cast the first stone himself, warned the woman against repeating it to fulfill the Torah.
      • Not to mention, the Torah requires there to be at least two witnesses. Jesus may have counted as one (since he knows all), but since everyone else left, there wasn't a second witness (the woman not withstanding, since she was also the accused). By getting rid of all the witnesses, there was no legal way to condemn her, which is why Jesus didn't.
    • Another one of Jesus' most awesome responses to the Pharisees comes in Luke 20:1-8:
    Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the Gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him and spoke to Him, saying, "Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?" But He answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, and answer me: the baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men?" And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet." So they answered, "We don't know." And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."
    • There is also the moment when the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus in the ultimate rhetorical no-win situation of the day: by asking him if the Jews should pay taxes to the Romans or not. If Jesus said "yes," the crowd would surely turn against him for supporting their occupiers; if he said "no," he would surely be arrested for treason by the Romans. Against all odds, Jesus finds a way to Take a Third Option. He acquires a Roman coin and asks the Pharisees whose face is on it. When the Pharisees respond "Caesar's", Jesus simple states, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's." Thus, Jesus was able to answer the basic question without taking a position and the Pharisees left impressed at how he wiggled out of the trap.
      • This story also has another meaning: since the coin was made in Caesar's image, it belongs to him. So in whose image is man made in?
      • There is also another detail to that exchange: they were in the temple and nobody could use pagan money (i.e.: Roman money) in the temple (hence why there were moneychangers in the temple, so people could exchange their Roman coins for temple-approved ones to use for offerings). Even before taking the aforementioned third option, Jesus showed everyone that the guys who prided themselves on following the Hebrew law to the letter were bringing pagan money onto sacred ground.
  • Any time somebody gets raised from the dead counts, but when it's a little girl...
  • Moments before, a lady with chronic bleeding healed herself merely by touching Jesus' clothing — and He realized at once that someone had done it. Interesting note: she had been bleeding for the same years as the girl's life (12 years).
  • Most of the Miracles are done on the request of someone, either the sufferer themselves or their friends. However, in one miracle, no mention is made of someone praying for it, Jesus seemingly doing it on His own initiative - raising a widow's only child from the dead. Basically, He and His disciples were walking by when a funeral procession went through the street, and when it is seen that the dead youth was the only child of his widowed mother, Jesus simply goes up to the dead body and tells the young man to get up. Of course, he does.
  • A Roman centurion begs Jesus via messenger to heal his sick servant, humbly claiming to be unworthy of the Messiah's personal attention and confiding that Jesus' mere word will be sufficient. (This is one version; in another, he asks Jesus personally and claims that he's unworthy to have Jesus come under his roof.) Impressed, Jesus does indeed say the word, and lo, it sufficeth mightily.
    • The account also says "Jesus was amazed" at the centurion's faith. Yeah, you read that right. Jesus was amazed. You have to know someone has a lot of faith when it amazes the Son of God, making this a CMOA for the unnamed centurion too.
    • In elaboration for exactly how awesome the centurion's faith was, his reasoning was based on his military experience. If he gave an order to someone over whom he had authority, they would do it; if his superiors gave him an order, he would see it done. When he said that Jesus only needed to say the word and it would suffice to heal his servant, he basically said that Jesus had ultimate authority over existence itself; despite likely being a follower of the Roman pantheon, he places Jesus and his authority over every single Roman god. Faith to move mountains, indeed!
  • Jesus once told a storm to shut up and let him sleep. It listened.
    • One thing to note, he was sleeping peacefully through it until his disciples woke him up to tell him they wouldn't survive it. If they didn't he would have probably slept through it, storms are nothing to the Son of God.
  • That whole "turn the other cheek" thing? It's a lot more badass that it sounds. "Backhanding" someonenote  was used in that day and age to humiliate and devalue ones' inferiors—to "put them in their place", so to speak. Because using the left hand was socially taboo, the right hand was always used for this purpose. Thus, if the person who had just been backhanded turned his head so that the opposite cheek faced his opponent, the aggressor would be forced to hit him with the front of his hand, or his fist... the way that only equals fought. It told the person abusing you, "I am a human being, and I refuse to be treated as your inferior—and if you're going to continue beating me, you will acknowledge that."
  • Also, Jesus once encountered a man possessed by multiple demons. The demon-possessed man was bawling his eyes out, begging for mercy. They claimed to be "Legion". A roman legion is 5000 soldiers, and demons in the Bible are terrifying Eldritch Abominations. They were afraid of him.
  • John 18:1-9. Judas gets a "band of soldiers" (estimated by Biblical scholars to be around 200) to arrest one guy. Jesus asks them who they seek, and they say "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus says "I am" note  and the soldiers fall to the ground. Oh, and he does this to them twice. Clearly showing that he could have pwned all of them if he wanted to. What makes it even better? YHWH (pronounced "Yahweh"), which is how God identifies Himself to Moses, can be literally translated to mean "I am".
    • Picture the setting: the soldiers come into the garden at midnight, lit only by the full moon, expecting a rebellion. They come across a guy standing calmly in the middle of the grove, whom their agent identifies by a kiss. The guy calmly looks at them and asks who they're looking for. When they say, "Jesus of Nazareth", he lightly says, "That's me". They jump back, freaked out, because they're convinced that they must've just walked into a trap if he is so calm about the situation.
    • This double meaning shows up multiple times in John's gospel, almost always followed by the Pharisees getting even more pissed at Jesus.
    • Peter, rather understandably, tries to come to Jesus' aid when he's arrested by drawing a sword and slashing the nearest enemy. Jesus berates him, picks up the guy's ear, and heals it back on before going with the soldiers of his own accord.
  • The Apostles see him with the spirits of Moses and Elijah. They described him as glowing white with otherworldly energy like he was a super saiyan or something.
  • Jesus is crucified between two criminals. One of them, full of bitterness and refusing to admit he has done anything wrong, insults Jesus and demands that He save all three of them. The other one, who knows he's done bad things and is getting what he deserves, simply asks Jesus to remember him. Jesus' response to the second criminal: "Today, you will be with me in paradise."
  • From the debatable canon of the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, we get a story of the young Jesus in the flight to Egypt with Mary and Joseph. The road went by a cave or den full of giant crocodiles feared throughout the land. The response these apex predators had in the presence of the young Son of God? Bow down and adore him like a mob of happy puppy dogs.

  • Mary: It takes a lot of guts for a woman to accept the responsibility of being the Mother of God so its very impressive that she chose to become this by Her own will and without being forced. And following the will of Her Son and our own needs, She let Him be crucified for us and according to Saint Alphonsus, Mary loves us so much that had the executioners been lacking, She'd have crucified Him herself to redeem us! Plus, unlike the apostles who doubted in Jesus, Mary never felt the least doubt in her Son, as proven by the fact she was present at the foot of the cross and that Jesus Himself trusted her so much that He gave her to us as our spiritual Mother.
    • And don't forget she was to be married; it takes a lot of faith and willpower to accept this pregnancy knowing she would be in a really bad situation if Joseph didn't believe the father was God himself.
    • Really, Mary was destined to do awesome things. The Latin Vulgate translation of Genesis 3:15 says that the woman 'shall crush the head of the serpent' who is obviously Satan.
    • Guess who usually gets the credit for Catholic military victories? Mary.
    • Maryamnote  is so awesome she's the only woman who has a surah named after her in The Qur'an. Heck, she is even more mentioned in the Qur'an than in the New Testament and is the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran. She is even identified as the greatest of all women.
  • While on the subject of Mary, Joseph also gets a good one. He learned that Mary was with child before she married him. Under the Law given in Leviticus, any woman who marries but is not a virgin is to be stoned. It would have been Joseph's right, and even his duty under the Law, to denounce Mary and have her stoned. Instead, he decided to save her the public humiliation and divorced her quietly even if, should anybody find out about this, he would probably also be stoned for failing to uphold the Law. Note that all of this occurs before they are visited by the angel who tells them about the Miracle of the Virgin Birth, meaning he has good reason to believe she cheated on him. Now that is love!
  • Jacob wrestles all night with ... well it's not clear who, but one translation of the name he's given, Yisrael, is "he struggles with God."
    • The text implies it's Jesus. Speaking of which, every time Jesus appears prior to His Incarnation, He's doing something awesome. Then again, so is most of the stuff He does after His Incarnation.
      • According to Christian theology, yes that would be a theophany. Jewish theology puts it either as God's personal messenger (angel) or His Sh'khinah (Divine Presence). To translate that back into Christianese, it would be Jesus . . . before he took on the limitations of human flesh and Jacob still won a stalemate. Remember that God is all-powerful. This means that ''Jacob fought an omnipotent being to a near-standstill!'
      • Another interpretation says that it wasn't God Himself but representative of God, and this is even more impressive. The battle ended at daybreak when it was time for all the angels to sing God's praises, which gives further explanation for why the guy wanted to leave, but Jacob refused to let the angel go until it would give him a blessing: "I will not let you go unless you bless me." He got his blessing. That's right: he made a freaking angel cry uncle.
    • Not only that, Jacob did all of the above described even though he had a dislocated hip. He kept his limping from his hip, though.
  • Simeon and Levi. Some guy violated a daughter of Jacob, and then asks his daddy to go get her as his wife. Her father and multitude of brothers are understandably furious. Her brothers tell him he can have her as long as his entire city gets circumcised first. The city agrees. Three days later, Simeon and Levi go in and slaughter them all while they're still recovering writhing in pain. Subverted in that Jacob never forgot about this, so even on his death bed, leadership of the tribes passed from these two to their younger brother Judah, Jesus' ancestor.
  • Joshua, when fighting an alliance of about ten city-states, realized that night was approaching and that the enemy would be able to escape, so he told the sun to stand still until he had won the battle. The sun complied.
    • Even before that, there was a few Moments of Awesome, like taking down a fortress wall with only trumpets and the voice of the army.
      • One of the WMG'S is that the marching army was just a diversion so Jericho never notices the Israelites infiltrating the city via the wall. When the signal came, they came out, killed the sentries and threw open the gates. Not as iconic as the traditional interpretation, but still badass.
      • While excavating the ruins of Jericho, archaeologists have found remains of city walls at the foot of the hill Jericho is built on, all around the city. It would seem that the account is correct in saying God made the walls crash down the hill.
  • Ehud, God's Ninja and soon-to-be Judge of Israel, is sent to deliver tax money to the oppressive King Eglon of Moab. When he arrives, he delivers the money and sends his assistants home. He then announces that he has a secret message for the king, so Eglon sends all of his servants away. When the two of them are alone, he says I have a message for you from God! and then stabs Eglon. He then escapes by simply walking out the door and locking it behind him.
    • The reason Ehud was able to sneak in a weapon was because he was left-handed; he had strapped the sword to his right thigh. The guards did not think to check because most people then were right-handed.
    • Also, when Ehud stabbed Eglon in the gut, the blade went so deep that "even the handle sank in after the blade, which came out his back... and the fat closed in over it." So gross. So awesome.
    • Not only that, but it says that when the blade went into his stomach his bowels let loose on the floor. The reason his servants waited so long to go check on him was because they thought he was taking a dump.
  • There's a single verse in Judges about a guy named Shamgar, who killed six hundred Philistine warriors with an oxgoad.
  • Samson's whole life is a CMOA. Start with his birth. His mother was sterile, but was promised by an angel that she would conceive. Then, he kills a lion with his bare hands. Some time later, he killed a thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. And who also pulled a Taking You with Me by breaking two columns of a Philistine temple and killing so many more as well as himself. And he was blind and chained at that time. In that moment, "he killed many more when he died than while he lived."
    • After killing all those guys with a jawbone, Samson even gives a Bond One-Liner.
    • Samson also once got pissed off at the Philistines because his first wife was given away to his best man, so he went and caught three hundred foxes, tied them together in pairs by their tails and attached a lit torch to each pair and set them loose in the Philistines' fields.
    • Another time, he goes to Gaza, a city of the Philistines. Word gets out that Samson is in town, so they put the city on lockdown, planning to catch him and kill him in the morning when he tries to leave. What does Samson do? At midnight, he goes up to the gate, and tears the entire structure from the wall, including the frame! To top it off, he then carries it all the way back to Israel.
  • Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, got an honor denied to high-ranking Jewish general Barak (because he was too pansy to go into war without Judge Deborah). The enemy commander named Sisera flees from a lost battle and barges into Jael's tent. He asks her for a drink and a place to rest and commands her to stand guard against his pursuers; she agrees... and when he falls asleep, Jael calmly grabs a mallet and a tent peg and hammers Sishara's head into the ground, driving the tent peg through his temple and confirming Israel's victory. She then also calmly invites Barak in to see her lovely handiwork. Awesome. There is an opinion in The Talmud that says Jael shagged Sisera to exhaustion.
  • This passage from the Second Book of Kings, 2:23-25, wherein the prophet Elisha is threatened by a gang of delinquents:
    "From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. "Go on up, you baldhead!" they said. "Go on up, you baldhead!" He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths. And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria."
    • To put it in context, Elijah had just been taken up to heaven in chariot of fire (see Elijah below), so the youths were essentially telling Elisha, the prophet of God, to go die.
    • The moral? Respect your elders, or you will be eaten by bears.
      • Also, don't be in a gang.
    • This has prompted a minor meme in some circles of the Internet: "You're so lucky I don't have access to bears."
  • Elisha's first Crowning Moment happens before he even becomes a full-time prophet, by having the audacity to ask Elijah for TWICE as much awesome as Elijah got. (And indeed, Elisha has at least twice as many recorded miracles as Elijah.)
    • Actually, "a double portion" doesn't mean twice as much — in those times the firstborn son got a double share of his father's inheritance, meaning, however much all the other kids got, firstborn son got twice that.
    • Elisha had a CMoA after he died. Some people tried to bury a dead person on top of his bones on accident, and the dead person instantly sprang back to life as soon as he touched the bones.
      • Not exactly tried to bury. They were going to bury the body in war time, so a bunch of soldiers coming up, and ran off, throwing the body into the tomb. The body got up and walked back home, alive and well. (Wonder whether the witnesses considered Zombie Apocalypse...)
  • An unnamed woman of the city of Thebez in the Book of Judges picks up a millstone by herself and tosses it over the city wall onto the head of would-be invading conqueror Abimelech (Israel's first self-proclaimed king), crushing his skull and leading the severely humiliated man to beg his armor bearer to stab him so that they couldn't say, "A woman killed him."
    • It's more likely she moved the stone with levers or whatever, but it's still awesome.
  • Rather more subdued—Ruth and Naomi losing their husbands (which was the end of any woman's world in those days), but carrying on, saying 'screw you' to everybody else, and making a life for themselves (Ruth is David's great-grandmother and by extension a direct ancestor of Jesus; clearly, saying 'screw you' to everybody else runs in that family).
    • On both sides, apparently, as Ruth's second husband, Boaz of Bethlehem, was the son of Rahab of Jericho.
  • The Hebrew army's been getting their butts kicked, and now are being challenged to single combat by a nine foot man who carries a gigantic sword and spear. A shepherd boy by the name of David takes the challenge, refuses the king's armor, knocks the giant in the middle of his head with a sling stone, killing him, and then chops the giant's head off with his own sword.
    • Made only slightly less awesome by the fact that most people forget that, at the time, the sling was a legit and lethal weapon of war. More importantly, it's a ranged weapon. Never bring a knife to a gunfight.
      • Albeit best used by a regiment, with a regiment-sized target to aim at. Fortunately David, as a shepherd used to discouraging dangerous predators, could actually hit individual targets with some accuracy.
      • David wasn't sure it would only take one stone, he'd taken five with him. He only used one. They were also smooth river stones.
      • It wasn't that David wasn't sure it would only take one stone, he knew he only needed one stone to kill Goliath, he brought five because Goliath had four brothers and sisters (also giants) — he ended up not needing the extra stones because Goliath's brothers and sisters turned and fled with the rest of the Philistines after David killed Goliath
    • Indeed, a young David had already killed a lion and a bear with his hands.
    • This is even more impressive when you notice that Goliath fell forwards, not backwards. Normally, the projectile would've made him fall on his back, due to the force of the impact; it would've transmitted its momentum to Goliath. And yet, he fell forwards, not backwards. Ever thought about the physics of that? The stone had to have been traveling so quickly that it created a vacuum in its wake. And that's what happens when you serve God, like David did.
  • Samuel gets one of the best. Saul, in desperate need of military advice, decides to consult the wise old prophet Samuel. There's only one problem: Samuel's dead. No worries: Saul chooses to go to a medium (the Witch of Endor—no, not that Endor—to have Samuel's spirit brought back for a strategy session. Saul himself had decreed that all who consult such mediums will be executed, thus breaking his own law. Samuel's spirit comes forth, tells Saul that the Lord is sick of his behavior, and says that Saul and his sons will die in battle against the Philistines the next day. Saul and several of his sons died in battle with the Philistines the next day (and the other son, Ishbaal, doesn't last much longer). Even as a ghost, Samuel is incredibly awesome.
  • A Crowning Moment of Awesome from when Samuel was alive: King Saul had disobeyed God's direct orders to completely obliterate his opponent down to even the livestock and had captured King Agag alive in addition to some other stuff. After ripping into Saul for presuming that God would like sacrifices rather than simple obedience, he ends with "for you have rejected the LORD’s command, and the LORD has rejected you as king over Israel."
    Then Samuel said, "Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites." And Agag came to him cheerfully, full of hope, for he thought, "Surely the worst is over, and I have been spared!" [After all, he had just faced Saul and the whole army of Israel with God behind it all, and now he's just facing a cranky old man right? WRONG.]
    But Samuel said, "As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women." And Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. (1 Samuel 15:32-33)
    • It's a theory that Haman, of the Book of Esther, is actually a descendant of Agag. He also got his due.
  • Samuel had one of his best by giving a What the Hell, Hero? speech to all of Israel for wanting a King and how doing so would not only cause them to reject the LORD as their king, but outlines all of the ways in which having a King would negatively affect them. Everything he said still holds true today.
  • While fighting a battle, King David wishes aloud for a drink from a certain well he knew of that was currently behind enemy lines. Three of his soldiers broke through the enemy lines, drew water from the well, and brought it back to David.
    • But he would not drink of it. He poured it out to the LORD and said, “Far be it from me, O LORD, that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it.
    • The three are named. As a group. David's Three Mighty Men. They each have their moments of awesome, all involving being a One-Man Army against however many Philistines they faced that day. They are also a part of a group of 37 men, two others are also named with awesome One-Man Army exploits attached to them, and the rest are just named. But named out of all the armies of King David.
      • One killed 800 Philistines with his spear, another got his hand so cramped after a battle that he can't let go of his sword, and another survived a booby trap, a lion, and slain two great Moabite warriors.
    • The three sons of David's sister Zeruiah: Joab, Abishai, and Asahel.
      • Joab was David's military commander through most of his rebellion and later kingship. He was pragmatic, charismatic, and ruthless, which earned him many military victories over far stronger foes. He was also kind of a dick. However, he did have one moment, when David got cocky and ordered a count of all his fighting men to show how Badass he was. Joab told to reconsider, knowing it was a bad idea. Forced to do it anyways, Joab refused to count the tribe of the priests, Levi, and the tribe that encompassed Jerusalem, Benjamin.
      • Another time, he got wind that David was loudly weeping for his traitorous son Absalom, whom Joab had just killed, possibly knowing that David would have been too soft on him. The soldiers that just risked their necks for the king are now demoralized because he seems to care more about the guy who just tried to rebel against them than his own men. So Joab goes over to his king and then delivers a What the Hell, Hero? speech, snapping his boss out of it.
      • Abishai killed 300 enemy soldiers in a single engagement, as well as commanding many other battles alongside his brother Joab. He is also one of the ones who broke through enemy lines to get the king some water. His exploits were so great that he was not only recognized to be as great as the three mightiest of David's warriors, he was put in charge of them.
      • Asahel unfortunately doesn't get much mention in the Bible, aside from dying a particularly gruesome death at the hands of Abner. However, he is mentioned to be one of the thirty mighty men who were only one notch below the top three. Going by the standards of what was needed to get on that list, he probably had an Offscreen Moment of Awesome
  • David himself was no slouch. Way earlier, King Saul told him that in order to marry his daughter Michal, David had to go out and bring back one hundred Philistine foreskins. David then goes out and brings back two hundred, for no reason except to prove how hardcore he is. puts it best.
    • Also, the famous battle of David vs. Goliath, to sum it up in modern language: David pulled out a pistol (metaphorically) and shot Goliath in the face!
    • There was also the time during David's days as a mercenary when he returns to his town, only to find it ravaged and his men's wives and children gone. David and company give chase and rescue an abandoned near dead slave of the brigands who did the deed and he tells them everything such as how the brigands kidnapped David's men's families. That slave guides them to the brigands' camp who are partying hard (and likely raping David's men's wives and daughters while doing so) and David and his men crash the camp to rescue their families and make the brigands pay for their villainy.
  • Nathan, the court prophet of King David, has arguably one of the greatest What the Hell, Hero? moments ever. David had committed adultery with Bathsheba (another man's wife), had gotten her pregnant, and had arranged to have her husband killed in battle so they could marry. When God informs Nathan of the coverup, Nathan tells David a parable about a rich man, with lots of sheep, who takes a poor man's beloved pet lamb and slaughters it for food. Enraged, David says such a man deserves to be killed. Nathan responds, "You are the man!" The king sincerely repents and his life is spared, though he loses his illegitimate child and the rest of his life is cursed with court intrigues, treason and civil war. David could easily have had Nathan killed for this, but thankfully David wasn't dumb enough to murder a Prophet of the Lord.
    • At least David fathered Solomon by Bathsheba, so there turned out to be compensation. Although, that heir would go on to create so much resentment for his by rule by ignoring God's wisdom that it results in the kingdom splitting after his death.
  • Solomon started out his young reign by answering God granting him a freebie for anything with wanting wisdom over everything else. Smart move. God then further grants him long life and wealth and honor.
  • The Book of Esther is dedicated to a Jewish girl using her beauty, her charm and her uncle/ward Mordechai's wise counseling to win the favor of Persian king Xerxes, marry him, blow the cover of a Smug Snake who planned to kill all the Persian Jews and save her people.
    • Not only that, Esther approached the king to gain an opportunity to plead for her people, even though he could have had her put to death for entering his presence without being summoned. The woman was just made of win.
  • Ezekiel 37:1-14. The Prophet Ezekiel raises a ZOMBIE ARMY. Yes, God Himself commands His lovely prophet to resurrect the dead note  before video game necromancy was a thing!
    • 7 I prophesied as I had been commanded. And while I was prophesying, suddenly there was a sound of rattling, and the bones came together, bone to matching bone.
    • 8 I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had grown, and skin had formed over them; but there was no breath in them.
    • 9 Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, O mortal! Say to the breath: Thus said the Lord GOD: Come, O breath, from the four winds, and breathe into these slain, that they may live again."
    • 10 I prophesied as He commanded me. The breath entered them, and they came to life and stood up on their feet, a vast multitude.
  • Okay, see once there was this time when the Assyrian army laid siege to the city of Jerusalem. All the elders are ready to cave in, and then a rich and beautiful widow named Judith calls them out for their lack of faith in God and tells them to give her a week to solve the problem. So, she goes to the Assyrian camp with her handmaid, pretending she's making a Face–Heel Turn. The general of the army, Holofernes, falls in lust with Judith and decides to let her hang around. So, biding her times, she hangs around the camp until one night, Holofernes drinks himself into a stupor and is alone on his bed. Judith sneaks in and cuts his head off with his own sword. Even better, she sticks his head in the food bag she and her handmaid have been using and waltzes out of the camp with nobody the wiser. The Assyrian army proved useless without their leader and scattered, ending the siege - all routed by one woman.
  • The Prophet Daniel's friends Shadrach, Meishach, and Abednego (The Three Hebrews) refusing to bow before the king's statue. The King sentences them to be incinerated in a "furnace heated seven times hotter than usual", "so hot that the flames killed the soldiers" (who were "some of the strongest soldiers in his army" btw) who threw the three in. Looks like a Heroic Sacrifice, except they don't burn! Since God always takes it to the next level, a divine being is in the furnace with them. Made. Of. Win.
    • Their real names were Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (a fact that is all too poorly known). Nebuchadnezzar had their names changed (with Daniel being renamed Belteshazzar) to idolatrous names. This could have been out of a subconscious fear of their god, which is awesome in itself.
    • They went in tied up and "wearing their robes, trousers, turbans, and other clothes", then were seen "walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed", and walked out on their own, unscorched without even the smell of fire on them.
    • What makes all of this even better is that Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego weren't prophets or apostles or miracle workers, just three ordinary Jewish men, so they had no reason to believe God would save them besides the stories they had heard about Him. In fact, when promising Nebuchadnezzar they would not bow to him, they admit that God might choose not to save them - but they will not bow no matter what.
    • "Didn't we put three guys in there? Because it looks like four guys in there now. And one of 'em is real shiny."
  • Daniel's own CMOA as he does something similar. He is thrown to a lions' den... and with some help from God, he manages to befriend the beasts. This is also while he's maybe eighty years old or so, according to Bible scholars.
    • This is followed up by King Darius, who loved and respected Daniel but had been tricked into creating the law that caused Daniel to be thrown into the lions' den, immediately revoking the law and not only executing the priests who had tricked him, but also their families and having their estates leveled to the ground! Even better, the priests had tried to mention that Persian laws could not be revoked, but Darius pulled out one of the best Screw the Rules, I Make Them! moments in history!
    • Some years earlier, Daniel had another: when Belshazzar calls him to interpret the handwriting that appeared after he had an impious feast with gold sacred cutlery, he basically tells him, "God says you suck, milord, and tonight you'll know why..."
    • Daniel, as a youth, hears about some shenanigans along these lines: A pair of elders have trapped Susanna, a beautiful Jewess, by making her an offer she can't refuse by threatening to jointly accuse her of adultery. With each to corroborate the other's lies, things look bleak, until Daniel arrives and cross-examines them on a point of detail: "Under what kind of tree was the act being carried out?" Not having rehearsed their answer to this, unable to tell different types of trees from quite a long way away, and being questioned separately, they give conflicting accounts, at which it's not only a Not Guilty verdict but summary execution for bearing false witness.
      • Even better, in the original Hebrew text, he delivers their sentences in the form of puns based on the names of the trees they claimed Susanna was under.
    • There's another time when a bunch of people are worshiping a dragon. God tells Daniel that this ain't cool, because dragon-worship isn't a real religion. So Daniel gets a bunch of bitumen and pitch and things and...
      • Note: The above two stories are only found in the Catholic Bible. For the Protestants, they're Apocrypha, but things are no less awesome for it.
  • Saul of Tarsus, later known as the Apostle Paul. Early in life, he was fanatically opposed to the Christian faith, having as many Christians as he could jailed and executed. After his conversion experience on the road to Damascus, he applied the same fanatical devotion to spreading the Christian message far and wide. By his own account, this caused him to suffer "far more imprisonments [than other Christian preachers], with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one [the maximum punishment the Jews were allowed to hand out under Roman law]. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure." Yet he kept on going. The man just could not be stopped.
    • Another CMoA for Paul was during one of his arrests (it was a recurring theme in the book of Acts). He was sentenced to a flogging and was being chained by a centurion when he spoke up: "Excuse me, I'm a Roman Citizen. I was born a Roman Citizen. You cannot flog me, especially without a trial." The authorities realized what they were about to do, and they stepped back.
    • The citizens of a certain city turned on Paul and formed a mob that dragged him outside the city, stoned him, and left him for dead. After Paul gets up, he's ready to go back in and talk to the same angry mob who just tried to kill him. It was only at the strong urging of the other Christians that Paul agreed to move on to a different city.
    • Roughly the last 40% of the book of Acts is devoted to Paul's numerous arrests, trials and forced journeys. At one point, he demands an audience with the Emperor (he appeals and as a Roman citizen he is permitted to do so). He then uses that free publicity to tell him about Christ. Well played, Paul.
    • Not to mention the time Paul incited an argument between the Pharisees and Sadducees at one of his trials.
  • Moses:
    • Parting the Red Sea and the plagues.
    • Arguing with God to spare the Israelites. And winning.
  • Aaron turns his staff into a large reptile (see here) . The Egyptian priests do the same, but Aaron's cobra or crocodile eats up all of the others in a Curb-Stomp Battle to show Moses and Aaron's God is stronger than what Egyptian priests draw power from.
  • Gideon destroying an enemy army using scare tactics to thin the ranks, then kills the rest with only less than 300 men. He started out with 32,000 men. He told everyone who was afraid to fight to go home and was left with 10,000 men. Then, he thinned them out even more by bringing his men to water and watching them drink. He sent the ones who drank from the water like a dog home, leaving only 300 men left. All this so that no one could say that God didn't give them the victory.
  • Joab dividing his forces and still beating an enemy army, the only time in history this has ever happened. But he knew not to push his luck and quickly retreated.
  • The building of God's temple. God's presence was seen and felt when it was completed. This didn't happen when the temple was rebuilt.
  • Elijah had many, including:
  • Hezekiah prayed to God in the temple, something no king of Judah has done in decades. God killed the invading Assyrian army in a single night and Judah survived for another century.
  • Abijah is dismissed in Kings as a wicked man, but Chronicles records the one time he turned to God, allowing him to decisively defeat Jeroboam in battle and keeping Judah's borders safe for the rest of his reign.
  • Once, when Paul was preaching, he was bitten in the hand by a poisonous snake that no one had ever survived from before. He just brushes the snake off with his other hand without even pausing in the middle of his talk.
    • Another time, he was making a long late-night sermon and a poor kid nodded off and fell out of a window. Paul went downstairs, resurrected the kid, and went back to preaching.
      • Yet another time, when Paul gets stoned apparently to death and his friends carry him out of the city, guess what happens? Paul gets back up as if getting stoned was like getting a very mild headache and goes right back into the city to preach.
  • Nehemiah was amazing! He goes up to the most powerful man in the entire world and asks if he can leave his job, for twelve years, to rebuild Jerusalem with the king's own resources. The city the king had just conquered. The king could've had him executed for frowning in his presence, and yet that's how much Nehemiah relied on God.
  • Abraham gets a Moment of Awesome after Reasoning with God not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if ten righteous men could be found (Gen: 22-33). This being the God who could have struck him down in an instant, Abraham had a lot of guts. It turned out that there were only three, so God told them to get out, gave them enough time to do so, then killed all the others.
    • One of those guys, Lot, has his own that very few lay people know about, but it'll take some explaining first. It really ought to be obvious to those who read the account that God gave the men of Sodom the dinosaur treatment for being gang rapists. As everyone knows, rapists do what they do to establish themselves as the more powerful individual ("I'm top dog, and you're my b*itch"), which they tend to attempt immediately with any "new guys on the block," be they new inmates, or travelers who've just arrived at their city. So when these guys saw that there were two such people (who unbeknownst to them were actually angels) at Lot's house, they banged on his door demanding to be let in. Lot responded with "No, my fellows, do not do this, here take my daughters instead." Now, Lot's daughters were unmarried at that point, which in that culture meant they couldn't be older than thirteen. So all in all, This was the equivalent to the men of Sodom demanding to get to fight Chuck Norris, only for Lot to tell them "Nah, you don't wanna do that, here, Fight these two prepubescent girls instead, they're more your speed."
  • At one point during the Israelites' wandering in the desert, the Midianites decided to attack them by having Midianite girls seduce the Jewish men, thus summoning God's wrath. One guy, Zimri, even waltzed his Midianite right by Moses. While everyone else was wondering what to do, Pinehas stood up, took a spear, went to the tent where Zimri and his harlot were doing it, and drove the spear right through both of them. Awesome. Pinehas was rewarded with eternal life, and according to some, Elijah the Prophet is actually Pinehas, still around thousands of years later.
  • Nachshon ben Aminadav. When the Israelites were leaving Egypt, they got stalled at the Red Sea… which wasn't splitting. So the Hebrews broke up into four factions who began to argue amongst themselves as to what to do: follow Moses, commit suicide, go back to Egypt, or pray for a miracle. Nachshon decided to trust in God and keep moving forward (towards the sea) as He commanded. When the water reached his nostrils, God decided that Nachshon's faith was worthy of a miracle and proceeded to split the sea.
    • He is also the ancestor of King David and Jesus.
  • Peter walking on water through the power of his faith in Jesus. This doubles as one of the best analogies for walking with Christ: you may fall and falter in your walk with Him, but He'll be there to catch you, so don't doubt Him.
  • Isaac is the only one of the Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob trio who did not have to deal with family issues that still continue to plague future generations to this day for one simple reason: He remained faithful to his wife and never once took any concubines.
  • Joseph gets one that lasts from the time he arrived in Egypt all the way up until he becomes second only to Pharaoh simply by doing a plenty good job at everything he was tasked to do on top of being able to interpret prophetic dreams.
  • One that's super-easy to miss is Methuselah. He's famous for his age, but there are two other things a lot of people miss about him:
    1. His name. Methuselah is an Aramaic sentence, and it means, "When he dies, it comes". Okay, that's ominous, but... what comes, exactly? Judgment? God's plan for salvation? A puppy? Well...
    2. His family. Methuselah lived to the ripe old age of 969. When he was 187, he had a son, Lamech. When Lamech was 182 (and Methuselah was 369), he had a son named Noah. You may have heard of him. Now, fast forward a couple chapters, and guess how old Noah was when the flood happened? That's right, he was 600. Which means the flood happened exactly 969 years after Methulselah was born. Methuselah, the guy who died when he was 969. Guess we know what "it" was, don't we?
Looking at the chronology, it's very possible that Methuselah held back the flood by being too stubborn to die. When Abraham learned that God was going to judge Sodom & Gomorrah, he asked God to spare Sodom & Gomorrah if there was even ten righteous people there. But Methuselah? "If it comes when I die, then I'm not dying."