Read with me in 1 Chronicles 2 – 4…
“And Jokim, and the men of Chozeba, and Joash, and Saraph, who had the dominion in Moab, and Jashubilehem. 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.” 1 Chronicles 4:22-23 (KJB)
Let me be up front about the book of 1 Chronicles. The first ten chapters are sometimes dull, at least to me, yet everytime I really take some time to dig in them God blesses with a gem in those jewels. I realize that is probably just a play on words, but I think you will get what I mean. I discovered a few in chapter four this morning. The one above, and a few others which I will not show.
I have written of Jabez before. That is a gem all by itself in a long genealogical record provided for the people of Israel as they were about to depart from Babylon, and return to their own land.
The above record would have been beneficial for the people returning to the land because they would need for sowing crops and growing gardens, returning some beauty to their land.
For we Christians we can learn from these words that God cares for His people. He loves you and me. He has all this planned out, and working things for the good of His people.
Some of the newer translations give the names of cities rather than “Plants and hedges” as Netaim and Gedarah, which means “Netaim = Plants” and “Gedarah = hedges” a play on words to me; but emphasizing their mode of employment. This group had even cared for Nebuchadnezzar’s garden, most likely “the king” mentioned above.
The garden we need to be most concerned with as a Christian is the garden of our heart. It needs weeded occasionally, probably every day. It needs filled with the fragrance of blooming flowers from the word of God. We need to til that garden in prayer, so that there will be continued flowering and praise to the Lord who has saved us. Jesus Christ Himself is the very fragrance of heaven and our living.