Men of the Bible: Johah, Jona, Jonas

Jonah, Jona, Jonas [Jō'nah,Jō'nă, Jō'nas]—a dove. The son of Amittai, and the first Hebrew prophet, or missionary, sent to a heathen nation (2 Kings 14:25; Jonah 1:1). The Man Who Ran Away The meaning of the prophet’s name is suggestive. When first chosen, it doubtless meant to Jonah’s mother gentleness and love. This son of Amittai was a citizen of Gath-hepher in Zebulun of Galilee and a subject of the Northern Kingdom. He is thus a proof of Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Naaman

Naaman [Nā'aman]—delight, pleasant or agreeable. A son of Benjamin and founder of a tribal family (Gen. 46:21). A son of Bela, son of Benjamin (Num. 26:40; 1 Chron. 8:4). A son of Ehud, or Abihud, grandson of Benjamin (1 Chron. 8:7). A Syrian captain in the army of Ben-hadad, king of Damascus. This able commander was cured of leprosy by Elisha the prophet (2 Kings 5; Luke 4:27). The Man Who Was Valiant But Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Rechab

Rechab [Rē'chăb]—companionship, a horseman or square. A son of Rimmon, a Beerothite, captain of the band who slew Ish-bosheth in his bed, and who was put to death by David (2 Sam. 4:2-9). Father of Jehonadab and founder of a tribe known as the “Rechabites” (2 Kings 10:15, 23). The Man Who Vowed to Be Separate This particular order had its rise in the religious revival that took place under Elijah and Elisha. The tenets of the Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Abiram

Abiram [Ăbī'ram]—father is the exalted one. A son of Eliab, a Reubenite who with others conspired against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and who perished with his fellow-conspirators (Num. 16:1-27; 26:9). The first-born son of Hiel the Bethelite, who began to rebuild Jericho, but who came under the curse foretold by Joshua (Josh. 6:26; 1 Kings 16:34). - Bible Gateway.Com Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Boaz, Booz

Boaz, Booz [Bō'ăz,Bō'ŏz]—strength or fleetness. The wealthy and honorable Bethlehemite, or Judahite, who became the second husband of Ruth the Moabitess, and ancestor of David and of Christ (Ruth 2, 3, 4; Matt. 1:5). The name of the left pillar of Solomon’s Temple was Boaz, for “in it is strength” (1 Kings 7:21). Boaz was true to his name and comes before us strong in grace, integrity and purpose. As the lord of the harvest, master of Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Melchisedec, Melchizedek

Melchisedec, Melchizedek [Mĕlchĭs'e dĕc, Mĕl chĭz'e dĕk]—king of righteousness or justice. The priest and king of Salem, who met Abraham and blessed him (Gen. 14:18; Ps. 110:4; Heb. 5:6, 10; 6:20; 7:1-21). His pedigree is not recorded (Ezra 2:59, 62). The Man Who Prefigured Christ’s Priesthood Although a mysterious figure, Melchisedec is yet a figure of great importance. His biography is short. He comes before us in history (Gen. 14); in Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Arad

Arad [Ā'răd]—fugitive. The Canaanite king who attacked the Israelites near Mount Hor and was defeated (Num. 21:1; 33:40). Son of Beriah, a Benjamite and one of the principal men of Aijalon (1 Chron. 8:15). Also the name of a town south of Judah (Josh. 12:14). -  Bible Gateway.Com Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Peter

Peter [Pē'tûr]—a rock or stone. The Greek form of the Aramaic surname, Cephas. Peter was the brother of Andrew and the son of Jona, or Johanan (Matt. 4:18; John 1:40; 1 Cor. 1:12). The Man Who Fell but Rose Again Peter is another of those outstanding characters in the Bible gallery of men, requiring a book all his own to fully expound his life and labors. From the many references to this reed transformed into a rock, we gather these facts and Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Caiaphas

Caiaphas [Cā'iaphăs]—a searcher or he that seeks with diligence. Joseph Caiaphas, the son-in-law of Annas, was high priest of the Jews for eighteen years (Matt. 26:3, 57). The Man with Sadducaean Insolence Dr. David Smith refers to this wicked man whom the Spirit of God used to declare divine purposes as, “a man of masterful temper, with his full share of the insolence which was a Sadducaean characteristic.” The Sadducees were a sect among the Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Aram

Aram [Ā'răm]—exalted. A son of Shem (Gen. 10:22, 23; 1 Chron. 1:17). Son of Kemuel, Abraham’s nephew (Gen. 22:21). Son of Shamer, of the tribe of Asher (1 Chron. 7:34; Matt. 1:3, 4, Luke 3:33). Also the name used of the whole country of Syria (Num. 23:7), and of the hill country north of Canaan (1 Chron. 2:23). - Bible Gateway.Com Continue Reading