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Andrew

Meaning: manliness, a Greek name.

This is the name of one of the apostles of our Lord. He was from Bethsaida in Galilee (John 1:44), and was the brother of Simon Peter (Matt. 4:18; 10:2). On one occasion John the Baptist, whose disciple he then was, pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1:40); and Andrew, hearing him, immediately became a follower of Jesus, the first of his disciples.

After Andrew had been led to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, his first desire was to bring his brother Simon to Jesus. After this, the two brothers seem to have continued being fishermen for a while, and did not become the fully follow the Lord as attendants till after John’s imprisonment (Matt. 4:18-19; Mark 1:16-17).

The Bible tells us very little about Andrew. He was one of the confidential disciples (John 6:8; 12:22), and with Peter, James, and John questioned our Lord privately concerning his future coming (Mark 13:3). He was present at the feeding of the five thousand (John 6:9), and he introduced the Greeks who desired to see Jesus (John 12:22). Little else is known about him.

It is noteworthy that Andrew brings others to Christ three times:

  1. Peter
  2. the lad with the loaves
  3. certain Greeks

These incidents may be regarded as a key to understanding his character.