by Miles Seaborn

1 Chr. 4:9

Intro: Tucked away in fine print in the Old Testament
is an account of a man whose life is magnificently
obscure. It is like a meteor that appears in the scriptural
sky, blazes for a few seconds, and then passes into
oblivion, never to be mentioned again in all the Bible.

"Jebez more honorable than his brothers. His
mother named him Jebez saying, Because I
gave birth to him in pain. Jabez cried out to the
Go of Israel, 0 that thou would bless mean
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."

And that is all we know.

As a matter of fact, the name Jabez appears among
the tombstones of perhaps one of the most ancient
obituaries of all the histories of literature. And it
is found in 1 Chr. 4:9-10 that we read. Now 1st Chronicles
is inspired, but it s not interesting. It is a series of
names and genealogy of people whose names you can
hardly pronounce, most of whom you've never heard
of, and none of whom you've ever met. And then all
of a sudden God lingers over one man for two verses.
Now Why?

When God purposely gives attention to one person in
a myraid of other names that get no other attention,
it is worthwhile to ponder that name and the life behind

Now let's look at the 9th verse together. You will
see that his mother named him Jabez, and it is a
descriptive title, for his name means "pain" or "distress" or
"vexation." (Why would you name a baby boy distress,
I mean while he is still a baby. Later on you might
call him distress, but not while he is a baby.)

What was there about the situation that caused Jabez
to bear that name?

Well the scripture says she named him that because
she bore him within pain. In other words, his title was
given to him because of the times in which he was

ILL. Now there are Bible scholars who say
that she named h ...

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