Abia, Abiah or Abijah

Abia, Abiah or Abijah

27. A-bi'a, Abiah or Abijah (4/1), son of Becher and grandson of Benjamin (1 Chr. 7:8). The number of them, after their genealogy by their generations, heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valor, was twenty thousand and two hundred (20,200) (1 Chr. 7:9).

28. A-bi'a or Abiah (4/2), wife of Hezron (1 Chr. 2:24).

But little has been recorded of her.

29. A-bi'a or Abiah (4/3), second son of Samuel (1 Chr. 6:28), called Shemuel (1 Chr. 6:33). Was one of the judges of Israel, and turned aside and took bribes, and prevented judgment (1 Chr. 7:1, 2, 3). The love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:10), and while this is exemplified with painful frequency in the dishonesty, unfaithfulness to trust, and fraudulent transactions that are enacted in private life, disastrous and widespread effects are inevitably produced by this baneful passion when it is indulged to a criminal excess, by persons high in office of public responsibility and influence.

30. A-bi'a (4/4), the son of Rehoboam (1 Chr. 3:10), called Roboam (Matt. 1:7), and grandson of King Solomon, and marks the line from Adam to Christ (b.c. about 975).


Mary

Mary

1936. Ma'ry (6/1), the wife of Alphaeus. We notice her the first time on the day of the crucifixion, standing by the cross (John 19:25). From this Scripture we identify her as the sister of the Virgin Mary, and from inferences drawn from her relation to others, makes her the granddaughter of Heli by his daughter, whose name is not given.

In the evening of the same day, we find her sitting desolate at the tomb with Mary Magdalene (Matt. 27:61; Mark 15:47), and at the dawn of Easter morning she was again there with sweet spices, which she had prepared on the Friday night (Matt. 28:1; Mark 16:1; Luke 23:56), and was one of those who had "a vision of angels, which said he was alive;" (Luke 24:23). She appears to have had five sons and at least three daughters. The names of the daughters are not given, and those of the sons are James (Mark 3:18), Joses (Luke 6:16), Simon (Luke 6:16), Judas (Luke 6:16); Levi (Mark 2:14).

1937. Ma'ry Magdalene (6/2). From John 19:25, we learn that she remained by the cross till all was over, and waited till the body of Jesus was taken down and placed in: the garden sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea (Matt. 27:61; Mark 15:47; Luke 23:55). When she, with Salome and Mary, the mother of James, "brought sweet spices that they might come and anoint" the body of Jesus (Mark 16:1).

She had been to the tomb and had found it empty, and had seen the "vision of angels" (Matt. 28:5; Mark 16:5). To her, first of all, Jesus appeared after His resurrection (John 20:14); that she was not alone appears from the other Gospels, and is intimated in her words (verse 2).

1938. Ma'ry (6/3), mother of St. Mark, and a sister to Barnabas (Col. 4:10; Acts 12:12).

Her house was used as one of the chief places of meeting in Jerusalem. It was at her house that the Holy Ghost came upon the disciples, with tongues of flame, on the day of Pentecost.

1939. Ma'ry (6/4), the sister of Martha and Lazarus (Luke 10:39), who lived in Bethany, the town of Martha and Mary (John 11:1). (See 1935.)

1940. Ma'ry (6/5), the virgin, mother of Jesus, and wife of Joseph and lineage of David (Ps. 132:11; Luke 1:32; Rom. 1:3). She had a sister named like herself, Mary, who was the wife of Cleopas or Alphaeus (John 19:25), and she was connected by marriage (Luke 1:36) with Elisabeth, who was the mother of John the Baptist. In order to harmonize the Scriptures, they being cousins, their mothers were sisters, the daughters of Heli, sisters of Joseph's former wife.

She was betrothed to Joseph of Nazareth; but before her marriage she became with child by the Holy Ghost, and became the mother of Jesus Christ, and Savior of the world. Her history up to the time of her return to her home at Nazareth is well known; and we only notice her appearance four times after the commencement of Christ's ministry.

First, the marriage at Cana in Galilee, which took place in the three months which intervened between the baptism of Christ and the passover of the year 27.

Mary was present and witnessed the first miracles performed by Christ when He turned the water into wine. She had probably become a widow by this time.

Second, at Capernaum (John 2:12) and Nazareth (Matt. 4:13; 13:54; Mark 6:1); appears to have been the residence of Mary for a long time.

Third, where she with other relatives, had gone to inquire about the strange stories they had heard of her son, Jesus. They sought an audience with our Lord, which was not granted, as He refused to admit any authority on the part of his relatives, or any privilege on account of their relationship.

Fourth. The next scene of Mary brings us to the foot of the cross. With almost His last words, Christ commended his mother to the care of St. John, who bore the name of the disciple whom Jesus loved, and he assures us that he took her to his own abode.

Mary, as we should have expected, the most tender, the most faithful, humble, patient and loving woman, but a woman still. This was the hour of which the aged Simeon had foretold the Virgin Mary more than thirty years before, "Yea, a sword shall pass through thine own soul, also" (Luke 2:35).

"When Jesus therefore saw His mother and the disciples standing by, whom He had loved, He saith unto His mother, Woman, behold thy Son! Then saith He to His disciple, Behold thy mother" (John 19:26, 27).

Was ever human grief like hers? And now the iron was entering into her very soul.

Who should offer consolation to that stricken heart but Jesus? Was ever sympathy like His? How divine the grace with which He commends her to His beloved disciple!

How affecting the relationship He names, but does not command!

In the days succeeding the ascension of Christ, Mary met with the disciples in the upper room (Acts 1:14), waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit with power.

1941. Ma'ry (6/6), a Christian woman who is greeted by St. Paul in his Epistle to the Romans, who bestowed much labor unto us (Rom. 16:6).


Zebadiah

Zebadiah

2998. Zeb"a-di'ah (9/1), son of Beriah, a descendant of Benjamin (1 Chr. 8:15).

2999. Zeb"a-di'ah (9/2), son of Elpaal (1 Chr. 8:17).

3000. Zeb"a-di'ah (9/3), son of Jeroham, of Gedor, warriors who joined David at Ziklag (1 Chr. 12:7).

3001. Zeb"a-di'ah (9/4), son of Asahel, brother of Joab (1 Chr. 27:7).

3002. Zeb"a-di'ah (9/5), son of Michael, a descendant of Shephatiah (Ezra 8:8).

3003. Zeb"a-di'ah (9/6), son of Immer, a priest who had married a foreign wife after the return from Babylon (Ezra 10:20).

3004. Zeb"a-di'ah (9/7), son of Meshelemiah, of the four thousand (1 Chr. 23:5), who all belonged to the families of Korhites, Kohathites and Merarites (1 Chr. 26:2).

3005. Zeb"a-di'ah (9/8), a Levite in the reign of Jehoshaphat, who went about through all the cities of Judah, having a book of the law, and taught the people (2 Chr. 17:8). (See 335.)

3006. Zeb"a-di'ah (9/9), "son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters" (2 Chr. 19:11).