Men of the Bible: Haggai

Haggai [Hăg'gaī]—festal or born of a festival day. The tenth of the Minor Prophets, and the first of those to prophesy after the captivity (Ezra 5:1; 6:14). The Man Who Was a Messenger All we know of Haggai is told us in the first verse of his book, where we have a description of himself and his message, which gives us a key to the whole of his ministry. Haggai was “The Lord’s messenger in the Lord’s message.” We reject the legend that he was Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Abiathar

Abiathar [Ăbī'athär]—father of superfluity or excellent father. Son of Ahimelech and the eleventh high priest in succession from Aaron (1 Sam. 22:20-22; 23:6, 9). Abiathar escaped and fled to David in the cave of Adullam when Doeg the Edomite slew his father and eighty-five priests. He went back to Jerusalem with the Ark when David fled from Absalom. He was joint high-priest with Zadok and conspired to make Adonijah king. He rebelled against Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Abdon

Abdon [Ăb'dŏn]—servile, service or cloud of judgment. A son of Hillel, the Pirathonite, Abdon judged Israel for eight years, and because of a plurality of wives, had forty sons and thirty nephews, who rode seventy ass colts (Judg. 12:13-15). Perhaps the same as Bedan in 1 Samuel 12:11. A Benjamite in Jerusalem (1 Chron. 8:23). The first-born of Jehiel from Maachah (1 Chron. 8:30; 9:36). A son of Micah sent with others by Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Gideon, Gedeon

Gideon, Gedeon [Gĭd'eon, Gĕd'e on]—a cutting down, he that bruises or great warrior. A son of Joash of the family of Abiezer, a Manassite, who lived in Ophrah and delivered Israel from Midian. He is also called Jerubbaal, and judged Israel forty years as the fifth judge (Judg. 6; 7; 8). The Man of Might and Valor Without doubt Gideon is among the brightest luminaries of Old Testament history. His character and call are presented in a series of Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadrezzar, Rezzar

Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadrezzar, Rezzar [Nĕbu chad nĕz'zar]—nebo, defend the boundary. Son of Nabopolassar and king of Babylon, who figures prominently as an enemy of God’s people (2 Kings 24:1, 10, 11; Dan. 1-5). The Man Whose Pride Turned Him Mad This first Gentile monarch was the one who captured Jerusalem and destroyed both city and temple. The inhabitants were carried into Babylon as slaves. Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden image in Dura, and Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Rosh

Rosh [Rŏsh]—a chief, prince or the beginning. A son of Benjamin who went down to Egypt with Jacob and his sons (Gen. 46:21; Num. 26:38). The prince of northern people mentioned along with Meshech and Tubal (Ezek. 38:1, 2; 39:1, RV). The Man of the Northern Confederacy It is not very difficult to prove that God, by His Spirit, gave to Ezekiel over twenty-five hundred years ago, a clear picture of the part Russia would Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Sheba

Sheba [Shē'bă]—seventh, an oath or captivity. Son of Raamah, son of Cush, son of Ham (Gen. 10:7; 1 Chron. 1:9). Son of Joktan of the family of Shem (Gen. 10:28; 1 Chron. 1:22). Son of Jokshan, son of Abraham by Keturah (Gen. 25:3; 1 Chron. 1:32). A son of Bichri who rebelled against David after Absalom’s death. This worthless adventurer, who snatched at what he thought was a chance of winning the sovereignty of northern Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Naboth

Naboth [Nā'bŏth]—prominence. A Jezreelite of the tribe of Issachar, whom Jezebel, wife of Ahab, caused to be put to death to obtain his vineyard adjoining the palace (1 Kings 21; 2 Kings 9:21-26). For this dastardly act doom was pronounced upon Ahab and his house by Elijah. “The murder of Naboth seems to have deeply impressed the popular mind,” comments W. F. Boyd, “and the deaths of Joram and Jezebel near the spot were regarded as Divine Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Gemariah

Gemariah [Gĕma rī'ah]—jehovah hath fulfilled or accomplishment of the lord. A prince, son of Shaphan the scribe and brother of Ahikam (Jer. 36:10-25). This scribe sought in vain to keep King Jehoiakim from burning the roll. A son of Hilkiah, sent by King Zedekiah as ambassador to Nebuchadnezzar. He also carried a letter from Jeremiah to the captive Jews (Jer. 29:3). - Bible Gateway.Com Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Job

Job [Jōb]—hated, one ever returning to god or he that weeps. The third son of Issachar (Gen. 46:13). Called Jashub in Numbers 26:24 and 1 Chronicles 7:1. A descendant of Aram, son of Shem, dwelling in Uz, and possibly contemporary with Abraham, and who died at the age of 240 years. References to the patriarch apart from his book are to be found in Ezekiel 14:14 and James 5:11. The Man of Patience This renowned Old Continue Reading