1 Chronicles 3-5
YEP….MORE names. I must admit that I am so excited that I recognize some of these names this year. Last year…I recognized very little!! This book was written after the Babylonian exile so history has already happened. Many of the names you may recognize but may not recall who they really are.
In the first 7 1/2 years (3:4) that David was king, he had 6 children (each by a different wife!) and then had 9 more (4 from Bathsheba). I am sure some names popped out here like Abigail, Bathsheba, Nathan, and king Solomon. So he had 15 children JUST from his WIVES….not counting concubines!!
The Kings of Judah. I’ve written beside each of their names if they were good kings or bad kings so when we read them later you can flip back to a “cheat sheet” <<<smile>>>
Rehoboam: good turned bad
Asa: good turned bad
Amaziah: mostly good
Azariah (Uzziah) good
Manasseh: bad turned good
Josiah : good
and the rest were bad
FYI- if you ever hear “king of _____ of ISRAEL” Safe to assume BAD. Not a good apple in the bunch
Chapter 4:9 Jabez:
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 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.
The city of Jebaz was actually mentioned in 1 Chronicles 2:55, Jabez was from a clan of scribes. (public notaries, legal instrument)
If you have never read the “Prayer of Jabez” by Wilkerson, re-read his prayer as a model. He is ONLY mentioned ONCE in the bible, yet God felt it important to tell us Jabez’s prayer. Look at all the names we have read where all we see is there names and NO other mention of them in the bible. Although Jabez is not mentioned again, he must have been extra special to God for HIM to tell us about his prayer. Maybe we can learn something from this man named Jabez today. He asked God to
help him in his work
be with him in all he did
and to keep harm and evil and harm away from him.
I’d say that is a POWERFUL prayer right there that we could each add to our own prayers. <<<smile>>>>
These are 3 chapter of Genealogies. Did you circle any familiar names in your Bible that you recalled or researched? Othniel? Ophrah? Caleb? Shelah? Er? Ziklag, More?? ZIKLAG under Simeon or 4:40 some Hamites lived there formerly …..remember Ziklag was in Philistine territory and David lived there, left to go off to battle, all the Philistines sent him back because they did not trust him and when he returned the town had been set on fire and all their women were taken by the Amalakites??? Ringing any bells…. making more sense now?
Chapter 5 — We start this chapter off running… we are reminded that Reuben defiled his father’s bed. If you don’t recall this.. take a peek back at Genesis 35:21. Honestly….all these soap operas we have today….I believe the story lines all came from the BIBLE!! CRAZY!!! Often as a way to cope we “rank” our sins … well, “I didn’t murder anyone.” or “I didn’t do blah blah blah.” God doesn’t see sin that way. HE sees sin quite simply as ANYthing that separates us from HIM….it doesn’t matter what it is…..all sin is equal to him..and the only way to get close to him again is to ask his forgiveness. It is soooooo important that we THINK before we do anything. Play the scenario out in your head? What could the end result look like? Is what I am about to do, going to be pleasing to God or separate me from HIM?? Seriously, if we think that one little sin in our lives is no big deal……. it is because it will allow our enemy a “toe hold” which can become a “strong hold” in our life.
Do you recall reading about the Transjordan tribes back in the day of Moses? These were 2 1/2 tribes —the Reubenites, Gadites, and 1/2 of Manassah. They had asked Moses if they could live on the land East of the Jordan. Moses thought they were trying to get out of fighting for the Promised Land which could have started the wilderness journey all over again. Moses became mad at them, but discovered they were not trying to get out of fighting for the land in the Promised Land, they really did want the land they were on be cause they felt it would me most suitable for their animals and families.
I would love to hear if any of this stood out to you today?
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