Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 4:1-43. Let’s go!
Here the Chronicler lists more descendants from the tribe of Judah (v1-23) and also from the tribe of Simeon (v24-43).
The two names that stick out the most in this chapter are: from Judah, a man called Jabez (v9-10); and from the tribe of Simeon, the men listed in verses 34-37. Let’s look at them more closely.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NIV)
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.”
10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.
On verses 9-10: What made Jabez so outstanding that God would bless him especially? One of the important lessons we can learn from Jabez’ life is the importance of bringing your pain to God. Jabez, whose name in Hebrew resembles the word for pain, did the wisest thing when he brought his pain to God and asked God to bless him. When Jabez asked God to bless him, hal him and expand his territory, God did just that.