We’ve looked at many wicked women who influenced their husbands away from God. Today we look at Abi, a godly woman married to a wicked man.
The name Abi or Abijah means “My Father is Jehovah” or “The Will of God”. She was the daughter of Zechariah, the wife of King Ahaz, and the mother of King Hezekiah.
According to 2 Chronicles 28:2, Ahaz “did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done, but he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. He even made metal images for the Baals, and he made offerings in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom and burned his sons as an offering, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. And he sacrificed and made offerings on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.”
Hezekiah, on the other hand, “…did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done.” (2 Chronicles 29:2) He began his reign as king by opening the doors of the house of the Lord and repairing them. He restored temple worship. He kept the Passover. He brought reform to the nation.
Though the Bible gives us no details about Abi’s life, we witness much about her character through the actions of her son. She provided a godly heritage which allowed her son to overcome the wicked influence of his father. What a powerful testimony of Abi’s faith.
Read about in Abi in Scripture: 2 Kings 18:2, 2 Chronicles 29