Adam was given the privilege of doing life and work with God and he enjoyed it. Then God blessed him with a help-meet, Eve. Together, they enjoyed doing life and work with God. Then one day their perfect life came crumbling down.
He was told that he would be the father of many nations and eventually the Apostle Paul would call him "the father of the faithful."
Rahab did her good deeds and those works helped a great many people, but she did them for a favor. "Ill help you if you help me." In our world, that's still noble, but what Jesus did in his life and works was and still is more noble.
God gave Samson miraculous strength to use against the Philistine marauders. Children would hear the stories of his freakish strength...like one battle that Samson won all by himself...how he killed a thousand Philistine soldiers with simply the jawbone of a donkey. Samson's great strength was legendary, but there would come another whose strength was of a different kind.
The book of Ruth in the Old Testament is the story of how God blessed a young Gentile woman whose Jewish husband had died. She was left hopelessly with her poor mother in law and no good future ahead.
Jonathan was the son of King Saul. Jesus was and is the Son of God. Jonathan's father was afraid that he would lose his throne. Jesus' Father shared the throne of heaven with his son and Jesus glorified his Father by yielding his crown and authority back to him.
Ezra was a faithful Aaronic priest during the reign of Artexerxes of Persia. King Artexerxes (evil as any pagan king) moved by the Lord of heaven and earth, sent Ezra to Jerusalem to teach 42,000 Israelites the words of God.
Esther, the Jewish Queen of a Persian King foiled the murder of her uncle Mordecai by political climber, Haman. She also foiled the edict signed by her husband, King Ahaserus, for the murders of every Jew in the Persian empire.
The Bible tells us that a faith-filled Daniel was tempted to worship the Medo-Persian king, Darius. Daniel was told that if he didn't bow in worship of King Darius then he would be thrown into a lions' den to be ravaged by the beasts.