All the Men of the Bible - Monday, August 26, 2013
Alexander [Ălĕx ăn'dûr]—defender, helper of men or one who turns away evil.
- The son of Simon the Cyrenian who was compelled to carry the cross of Christ (Mark 15:21).
- A leading man in Jerusalem when Peter and John were tried there (Acts 4:6).
- A convert of Paul’s who was present at the Ephesian tumult. Perhaps the same as No. 1 (Acts 19:33).
- A convert to Christianity who became an apostate (1 Tim. 1:20). Perhaps the same as No. 6.
- Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia, who followed his father Philip and who also brought the Jews into contact with Greek literature and life. He is described though not named in Daniel 2:39 and 6:6.
- The coppersmith who opposed Paul (2 Tim. 4:14). This Ephesian Jew was likely the same as the one who corrupted the faith, not from ignorance but deliberately in opposition to his judgment. Dr. Alexander Whyte deals with No. 4 and No. 6 as the same person.
Devotional content drawn from All the Men of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer. Used with permission.