Men of the Bible: Obed

Obed [Ō'bed] - worshiper or a servant who worships. Son of Boaz, by Ruth, and better than ten sons to her, since through Obed she became an ancestress of Jesus Christ (Ruth 4:17-22; 1 Chron. 2:12; Matt. 1:5; Luke 3:32). Son of Ephlal, descendant of Judah (1 Chron. 2:37, 38). One of David's valiant men (1 Chron. 11:47). A son of Shemaiah, a gatekeeper at the Tabernacle in Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Elkanah

Elkanah [Ĕl'kănah] - god hath created or is jealous, possessing. A Levite of the family of Kohath and brother of Assir and Abiasaph (Exod. 6:24; 1 Chron. 6:23). The father of the prophet Samuel, and a descendant of No. 1 in the fifth generation (1 Sam. 1:1-23; 2:11, 20; 1 Chron. 6:27, 34). A descendant of Levi through Kohath ( 1 Chron. 6:25, 36). A descendant of Kohath (1 Chron. 6:26, 35). Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Joseph

Joseph [Jō'zeph] - may god add or increaser. Poetic description of the descendants of Joseph the son of Jacob (Deut. 33:13). The Father of Igal, one of the spies sent by Moses into Canaan (Num. 13:7). A son of Asaph (1 Chron. 25:2, 9). A man of the family of Bani who had taken a foreign wife ( Ezra 10:42). A priest of the family of Shebaniah in Joaakim's time (Neh. Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Matthew

Matthew [Măt'thew] - gift of jehovah. The Man Who Left All to Follow Christ This son of Alphaeus was a Hebrew with two names, a common thing in Galilee at that time. Mark and Luke, when recording Matthew's call to discipleship, speak of him as Levi, but Matthew himself uses the name he has been loved by throughout the Christian era. In his despised occupation he was Levi, a name meaning "joined," and joined he was to the world's crooked Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Gomer

Gomer [Gō'mûr] - completion or heat. The first born of Japheth and father of Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. Also the head of many families (Gen. 10:2, 3; 1 Chron. 1:5, 6; Ezek. 38:6 ). The eldest son of Japheth is the father of the ancient Cimmerians or as the Assyrians called them, Gimirra, who settled on the northern shores of the Baltic Sea. The modern and familiar name in English history, Crimea, and the Cimbri of old Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Jedaiah

Jedaiah [Jēdā'iah] - jehovah is praise or jehovah knoweth. A descendant of Simeon (1 Chron. 4:37). A man of Harumaph who repaired the part of the wall near his own house (Neh. 3:10). A descendant of Aaron whose family came up from Jerusalem (1 Chron. 9:10; 24:7; Ezra 2:36; Neh. 7:39). A chief of the priests who returned with Zerubbabel (Neh. 11:10; 12:6, 19; Zech. 6:10, Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Phinehas

Phinehas [Phĭn'ĕhăs] - face of trust or mouth of a serpent. A son of Eleazar, one of Aaron's sons, who slew Zimri and Cozbi. He manifested great zeal, was the third high priest of the Jews and discharged his office most faithfully for nineteen years (Exod. 6:25; Num. 25:14, 15). The younger son of Eli, the priest and judge of Israel. Phinehas, with his brother Hophni, disgraced the sacred Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Zacharias

Zacharias [Zăcha rīas] - jehovah is renowned. The son of Barachias, or Jehoiada (2 Chron. 24:20-22). This Zacharias is the martyr mentioned by Christ (Matt. 23:35; Luke 11:51) who was the righteous man murdered by the Jews in the court of the Temple, between the sanctuary and the house. The father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-67; 3:2). The Man Who Was Stricken Dumb The priest of the Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Rehoboam, Roboam

Rehoboam, Roboam [Rēhōbō'am,Rōbō'am] - freer of the people or the people is enlarged. The son of Solomon by Naamah, an Ammonitess (1 Kings 11:43; 14:21). At the revolt he was left with only two tribes. The Man Who Scorned Good Advice Although Rehoboam was the son of a wise father, he himself had a small mind. From the fifty references to this man, who scorned wise counsel, we can learn a great many facts. Although named as an ancestor of Continue Reading

Men of the Bible: Matthias

Matthias [Măt'thī'as] - gift of god. A disciple chosen by lot to succeed Judas Iscariot as an apostle. He had been a follower of Jesus from the beginning of His ministry and was a witness of His resurrection (Acts 1:23, 26). Tradition says Matthias was one of the seventy (Luke 10:1). David Smith feels that the choice of Matthias was not of God. The disciples prayed for guidance but instead of trusting for divine Continue Reading