by Stan Coffey

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Jabez: Extraordinary Living (8 of 12)
Series: Bible Giants
Stan Coffey
Sunday, June 7, 2009

Today we continue our trip down the original Route 66, the 66 books of the Bible and we are currently in the Books of History, and today we want to give our attention to a passage in I Chronicles 4:9-10.

I Chronicles 4:9-10 NKJV "Now Jabez was more honorable than his brorthers , and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, ‘Because I bore him in pain.' And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh that you

would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!' So God granted him what he requested"

Has anybody ever said to you, "you are a pain in the neck!" It was said about the person we are looking at in this scripture today. Jabez's name in Hebrew means "pain!" His mother delivered him in great pain and she never let him forget it. She named him Pain so that he would always remember what he had done to his poor mother. Perhaps she repeated the story of how much pain her child has caused her in birth. Maybe she always liked to tell the old, old story when there were several people around.

Other parents do something similar by rehearsing all the disappointments they have felt with their children, and the pain it has caused them. You might say Jabez came from a dysfunctional family, with a controlling mother who was an expert at exacting guilt from her children. But in
spite of all that, he overcame the obstacles created by his upbringing.

The Bible says that he was an honorable man—more honorable than the rest of his family. Why was that? It‘s because Jabez was not content with being average. He saw himself not just for who he was, but for who he could be with God's blessings upon him

Someone has well said that there are three persons you could be. There is the person you are right now. There is the person you could be for evil ...

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