May 1, 2007
I Chronicles 3-5
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- Now these were the sons of David, which were born unto him in Hebron; the firstborn Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess:
- The third, Absalom the son of Maachah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur: the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith:
- The fifth, Shephatiah of Abital: the sixth, Ithream by Eglah his wife.
- These six were born unto him in Hebron; and there he reigned seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years.
- And these were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shimea, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, four, of Bath-shua the daughter of Ammiel:
- Ibhar also, and Elishama, and Eliphelet,
- And Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
- And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet, nine.
- These were all the sons of David, beside the sons of the concubines, and Tamar their sister.
- And Solomon's son was Rehoboam, Abia his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son,
- Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son,
- Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son,
- Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son,
- Amon his son, Josiah his son.
- And the sons of Josiah were, the firstborn Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum.
- And the sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son.
- And the sons of Jeconiah; Assir, Salathiel his son,
- Malchiram also, and Pedaiah, and Shenazar, Jecamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah.
- And the sons of Pedaiah were, Zerubbabel, and Shimei: and the sons of Zerubbabel; Meshullam, and Hananiah, and Shelomith their sister:
- And Hashubah, and Ohel, and Berechiah, and Hasadiah, Jushab-hesed, five.
- And the sons of Hananiah; Pelatiah, and Jesaiah: the sons of Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, the sons of Shechaniah.
- And the sons of Shechaniah; Shemaiah: and the sons of Shemaiah; Hattush, and Igeal, and Bariah, and Neariah, and Shaphat, six.
- And the sons of Neariah; Elioenai, and Hezekiah, and Azrikam, three.
- And the sons of Elioenai were, Hodaiah, and Eliashib, and Pelaiah, and Akkub, and Johanan, and Dalaiah, and Anani, seven.
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- The sons of Judah; Pharez, Hezron, and Carmi, and Hur, and Shobal.
- And Reaiah the son of Shobal begat Jahath; and Jahath begat Ahumai, and Lahad. These are the families of the Zorathites.
- And these were of the father of Etam; Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi:
- And Penuel the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These are the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah, the father of Bethlehem.
- And Ashur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.
- And Naarah bare him Ahuzam, and Hepher, and Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah.
- And the sons of Helah were, Zereth, and Jezoar, and Ethnan.
- And Coz begat Anub, and Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum.
- And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.
- And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
- And Chelub the brother of Shuah begat Mehir, which was the father of Eshton.
- And Eshton begat Beth-rapha, and Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Ir-nahash. These are the men of Rechah.
- And the sons of Kenaz; Othniel, and Seraiah: and the sons of Othniel; Hathath.
- And Meonothai begat Ophrah: and Seraiah begat Joab, the father of the valley of Charashim; for they were craftsmen.
- And the sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh; Iru, Elah, and Naam: and the sons of Elah, even Kenaz.
- And the sons of Jehaleleel; Ziph, and Ziphah, Tiria, and Asareel.
- And the sons of Ezra were, Jether, and Mered, and Epher, and Jalon: and she bare Miriam, and Shammai, and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa.
- And his wife Jehudijah bare Jered the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Socho, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. And these are the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh, which Mered took.
- And the sons of his wife Hodiah the sister of Naham, the father of Keilah the Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maachathite.
- And the sons of Shimon were, Amnon, and Rinnah, Ben-hanan, and Tilon. And the sons of Ishi were, Zoheth, and Ben-zoheth.
- The sons of Shelah the son of Judah were, Er the father of Lecah, and Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the families of the house of them that wrought fine linen, of the house of Ashbea,
- And Jokim, and the men of Chozeba, and Joash, and Saraph, who had the dominion in Moab, and Jashubi-lehem. And these are ancient things.
- These were the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.
- The sons of Simeon were, Nemuel, and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, and Shaul:
- Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son.
- And the sons of Mishma; Hamuel his son, Zacchur his son, Shimei his son.
- And Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters; but his brethren had not many children, neither did all their family multiply, like to the children of Judah.
- And they dwelt at Beer-sheba, and Moladah, and Hazar-shual,
- And at Bilhah, and at Ezem, and at Tolad,
- And at Bethuel, and at Hormah, and at Ziklag,
- And at Beth-marcaboth, and Hazar-susim, and at Beth-birei, and at Shaaraim. These were their cities unto the reign of David.
- And their villages were, Etam, and Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen, and Ashan, five cities:
- And all their villages that were round about the same cities, unto Baal. These were their habitations, and their genealogy.
- And Meshobab, and Jamlech, and Joshah the son of Amaziah,
- And Joel, and Jehu the son of Josibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel,
- And Elioenai, and Jaakobah, and Jeshohaiah, and Asaiah, and Adiel, and Jesimiel, and Benaiah,
- And Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah;
- These mentioned by their names were princes in their families: and the house of their fathers increased greatly.
- And they went to the entrance of Gedor, even unto the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks.
- And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they of Ham had dwelt there of old.
- And these written by name came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and smote their tents, and the habitations that were found there, and destroyed them utterly unto this day, and dwelt in their rooms: because there was pasture there for their flocks.
- And some of them, even of the sons of Simeon, five hundred men, went to mount Seir, having for their captains Pelatiah, and Neariah, and Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi.
- And they smote the rest of the Amalekites that were escaped, and dwelt there unto this day.
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- Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.
- For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's:)
- The sons, I say, of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were, Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
- The sons of Joel; Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,
- Micah his son, Reaia his son, Baal his son,
- Beerah his son, whom Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria carried away captive: he was prince of the Reubenites.
- And his brethren by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was reckoned, were the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah,
- And Bela the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who dwelt in Aroer, even unto Nebo and Baal-meon:
- And eastward he inhabited unto the entering in of the wilderness from the river Euphrates: because their cattle were multiplied in the land of Gilead.
- And in the days of Saul they made war with the Hagarites, who fell by their hand: and they dwelt in their tents throughout all the east land of Gilead.
- And the children of Gad dwelt over against them, in the land of Bashan unto Salchah:
- Joel the chief, and Shapham the next, and Jaanai, and Shaphat in Bashan.
- And their brethren of the house of their fathers were, Michael, and Meshullam, and Sheba, and Jorai, and Jachan, and Zia, and Heber, seven.
- These are the children of Abihail the son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz;
- Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, chief of the house of their fathers.
- And they dwelt in Gilead in Bashan, and in her towns, and in all the suburbs of Sharon, upon their borders.
- All these were reckoned by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.
- The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, were four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war.
- And they made war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab.
- And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.
- And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand.
- For there fell down many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity.
- And the children of the half tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land: they increased from Bashan unto Baal-hermon and Senir, and unto mount Hermon.
- And these were the heads of the house of their fathers, even Epher, and Ishi, and Eliel, and Azriel, and Jeremiah, and Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty men of valour, famous men, and heads of the house of their fathers.
- And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them.
- And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.
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I Chronicles 4:9-10 contains a brief passage of Scripture that has become immensely popular in recent years. These verses read:
"And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep [me] from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested."
First of all, may I say that these verses are being misused by many in evangelical circles, particularly those affiliated with the charismatic movement. The author of the book The Prayer of Jabez teaches that this simple prayer is the model that all Christians should use for communication with God. He goes so far as to say that this prayer should be repeated verbatim each day, and that after a short amount of time the believer will begin to see God doing everything that he requests. Of course this is not the case. Not all prayers are answered in the affirmative. Prayers that are outside of the will of God (
Romans 1:10), are offered by an individual with unconfessed sin (
Psalm 66:18), or are motivated by selfish lusts (
James 4:3) will not be answered by the Lord. In addition, not only are Christians never commanded in Scripture to repeat prayers, they are expressly forbidden to do so (
Matt 6:7). Thus, the "Prayer of Jabez" philosophy is not one that should be followed.
Having said all that, this prayer is a part of Scripture, and is therefore relevant to our lives. We do see some lessons here. First of all, Jabez is singled out from the multitude of names listed here as being an honorable man. What made him honorable? It would seem that it had something to do with his dependence upon God. A man could not be considered honorable in the sight of God if he was not dedicated to the Lord. May I add that it is probable that his righteousness was part of the reason why God was willing to answer his prayer. As noted above, God has told us that He will not hear our prayers even if we are only regarding iniquity in our hearts. Therefore, a less than honorable man should not expect that God would respond to him. A second lesson found in this passage is that Jabez directed his request to the One Who could take care of it. So often men go to the Lord as a last resort for what they need, while God asks us to "call unto me, and I will answer thee" (
Jer. 33:3). Make God your first choice when you have a need!
The contents of Jabez's prayer are worth noting as well. He asks for four things:
He first asks the Lord to bless him. This probably does not refer to material blessings because he mentions that later. This probably does refer to spiritual blessings; such as a good family, good health, and a close relationship with the Lord. We often ask the Lord to bless us, and Jabez did the same thing. His second request was for material prosperity. I don't know that he was asking to be the wealthiest man in town, but he certainly was asking God to provide for his financial needs. His third request was for God to be with him wherever he went. Certainly this is a valid request, for we do not want to go through life without being in close proximity to God. Finally, he asks the Lord to keep him from evil. I'm sure that this involved not only keeping wicked men away from him, but also keeping him from temptation. I believe that all of these requests can be seen to some extent in the model prayer that the Lord gave in
Matthew 6:9-13. Christ taught the disciples to ask for their daily bread (provisions), deliverance from evil (protection), the soon coming of Christ's kingdom (presence), and God's will to be done on earth (promotion). Therefore, these are all requests that can be a part of our prayer life.
- God's promotion,
- God's provision,
- God's presence, and
- God's protection.
God granted all these things to Jabez. I can not guarantee that he will answer all our requests in the same manner. However, since we know that these things can (and in some cases should) be asked for, perhaps we ought to examine our prayer lives with respect to what it is that we request of God. If our lives and motives are pure, and our spirits are in tune with the Holy Spirit, we can
"ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" (
Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery