When the Enemy is Near

“It came to pass after this also, the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.  Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, ‘There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.’
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.  And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, and said,
‘O LORD God of our fathers, art not Thou God in heaven? And rulest Thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? And in Thine hand power and might, so that none is able to withstand Thee? Art not Thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before Thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham Thy friend for ever?  And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for Thy name, saying, ‘If evil cometh upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in Thy presence, (for Thy name is in this house,) and cry unto Thee in our affliction, then Thou wilt hear and help.  And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom Thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; behold, they reward us, to come to cast us out of Thy possession, which Thou hast given us to inherit.  O our God, wilt Thou not judge them? For we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon Thee.’
And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.”  2 Chronicles 20:1-13  (KJB)

REFERENCES: 6:20; Genesis 14:7; 17:7; Psalm 7:4; 44:2; 83:12; James 2:23; 1 Kings 8:33; Acts 11:17

Nevertheless There Are Good Things Found In You

“And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.  And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat,
‘Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? Therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.  Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.’
And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.  And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, and said to the judges,
‘Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.  Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.’
Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem.  And he charged them, saying,
‘Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.  And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass. And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king’s matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the good.’ 2 Chronicles 19:1-11

REFERENCES: 12:12; 18:1-34; 1 Samuel 1:9;  Deuteronomy 1:17; 10:17; 2 Samuel 23:3; Numbers 16:46; Ezekiel 3:18; Romans 3:5-6; 1 Peter 1:17

Throughout the Whole Earth

“In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.  Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king’s house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying, ‘There is a league between me and thee, as between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.  And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.  And it came to pass, when Baasha heard that, he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease.
Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.  And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him,
‘Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.  Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, He delivered them into thine hand.  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.’
Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.”  2 Chronicles 16:1-10  (KJB)

REFERENCES: 1 Kings 15:17, 32; 2 Kings 20:3; Ephesians 1:22; Zechariah 4:10; Hebrews 4:13; 1 Peter 3:12; Psalm 37:37; Jeremiah 32:19; 1 Corinthians 2:9

The Peril of Heavy Taxation

“And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.  And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.  And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying, ‘Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.’  And he said unto them, ‘Come again unto me after three days.’ And the people departed.  And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, ‘What counsel give ye to return answer to this people?’  And they spake unto him, saying, ‘If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.’  But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.  And he said unto them, ‘What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, ‘Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?’  And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, ‘Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, ‘Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us;’ thus shalt thou say unto them, ‘My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.  For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I with scorpions.’
So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, ‘Come again to me on the third day.’  And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, and answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, ‘My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I with scorpions.’
So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.  And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, ‘What portion have we in David? And we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house.’ So all Israel went to their tents.”  2 Chronicles 10:1-16  (KJB)

REFERENCES: 1 Kings 11:29-35, 40; Matthew 24:35

Every word of the Lord will come to pass.  Hear Him.  Do His will, and glorify His name.

I Have Heard Your Prayer

“Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king’s house: and all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.
And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, ‘I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to Myself for an house of sacrifice.  If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people; if My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now Mine eyes shall be open, and Mine ears attent unto the prayer in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there for ever: and Mine eyes and Mine heart shall be there perpetually.  And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before Me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe My statutes and My judgments; then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, ‘There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.’  But if ye turn away, and forsake My statutes and My commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; then will I pluck them up by the roots out of My land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for My name, will I cast out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all nations.  And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, ‘Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?’ And it shall be answered, ‘Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshiped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.”” 2 Chronicles 7:11-22  (KJB)

REFERERENCES: 7:1-10; 2 Corinthians 3:16; 1 John 1:9

Who is Able to Build Him an House?

“And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.  And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.  And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, ‘As thou didst deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to build him an house to dwell therein, behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate to Him, to burn before Him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This, for ever to Israel.
And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.  But who is able to build Him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before Him?'” 2 Chronicles 2:1-6  (KJB)

REFERENCES: 1 Kings 5:1, 15; 8:27; Exodus 25:30; Numbers 28:3; Psalm 135:5; 1 Peter 2:4-10

Wisdom and Knowledge is Granted

“And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his God with him, and magnified him exceedingly.  Then Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every governor in all Israel, the chief of the fathers.
So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD had made in the wilderness.  But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjathjearim to the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.
Moreover the brasen altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the LORD: and Solomon and the congregation sought unto it.  And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the LORD, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it. In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him,
‘Ask what I shall give thee,’
and Solomon said unto God, ‘Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.  Now, O LORD God, let Thy promise unto David my father be established: for Thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.  Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this Thy people, that is so great?’  And God said to Solomon,
‘Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge My people, over whom I have made thee king: wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.'” 2 Chronicles 1:1-12  (KJB)

REFERENCES: 1 Chronicles 15:1; 27:1; 28:5; 1 Kings 3:4, 5, 7,9; 1 Samuel 6:2; Exoduds 27:1; Numbers 27:17; James 1:5; 3:13-17

For Song in the House of the LORD

“Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was: of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied according to the order of the king.  Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD.  Of Heman: the sons of Heman; Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth: all these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.
All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king’s order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.
So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.” 1 Chronicles 25:1-7

REFERENCES: 6:23; Psalm 150:1-6; Ephesians 5:19

There Are Workmen with You in Abundance

“Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the LORD God of Israel.
And David said to Solomon, ‘My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God: but the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
‘Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto My name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in My sight.  Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.  He shall build an house for My name; and he shall be my son, and I his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.’
‘Now, my son, the LORD be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the LORD thy God, as He hath said of thee.  Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.  Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfill the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.
Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.  Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work.  Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, no number. Arise, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee.’
David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,  ‘Is not the LORD your God with you, and hath He not given you rest on every side? For he hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the land is subdued before the LORD, and before His people.  Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.’ 1 Chronicles 22:6-19

REFERENCES: 6:7; Deuteronomy 12:5; 31:7; 1 Kings 3:9; 4:25; 5:3; Psalm 72:1; 1 Corinthians 3:9; John 4:35; Matthew 9:38; Luke 10:2

Let Me Fall Now into the Hand of the LORD

“And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.  And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, ‘Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.’ And Joab answered, ‘The LORD make His people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? Why then doth my lord require this thing? Why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?’  Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.  And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.  But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king’s word was abominable to Joab.
And God was displeased with this thing; therefore He smote Israel.  And David said unto God, ‘I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech Thee, do away the iniquity of Thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.’
And the LORD spake unto Gad, David’s seer, saying, ‘Go and tell David, saying, ‘Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things: choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.’  So Gad came to David, and said unto him, ‘Thus saith the LORD, ‘Choose thee either three years’ famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall bring again to Him that sent me.’
And David said unto Gad, ‘I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are His mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man.’  So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.  And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and He repented Him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, ‘It is enough, stay now thine hand.’ And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.  And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.  And David said unto God, ‘Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? Even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? Let Thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father’s house; but not on Thy people, that they should be plagued.'”  1 Chronicles 21:1-17  (KJB)

REFERENCES: 1 Samuel 9:9; 2 Chronicles 3:1; John 14:6; Romans 5:1; 8:1

What One Nation on Earth is Like Israel?

“And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, ‘Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that Thou hast brought me hitherto?  And yet this was a small thing in Thine eyes, O God; for Thou hast also spoken of Thy servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God.
What can David speak more to Thee for the honor of Thy servant? For Thou knowest Thy servant.  O LORD, for Thy servant’s sake, and according to Thine own heart, hast Thou done all this greatness, in making known all great things.  O LORD, there is none like Thee, neither is there any God beside Thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.  And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem His own people, to make Thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before Thy people, whom Thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?  For Thy people Israel didst Thou make Thine own people for ever; and Thou, LORD, becamest their God.
Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that Thou hast spoken concerning Thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as Thou hast said.  Let it even be established, that Thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel:’ and let the house of David Thy servant be established before Thee.  For Thou, O my God, hast told Thy servant that Thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before Thee.  And now, LORD, Thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto Thy servant: now therefore let it please Thee to bless the house of Thy servant, that it may be before Thee for ever: for Thou blessest, O LORD, and it shall be blessed for ever.'”  1 Chronicles 17:16-27  (KJB)

REFERENCES: 2 Samuel 7:18; Romans 9:1-5

Preparing a House for the LORD

“And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent.  Then David said, ‘None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto Him for ever.’  And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the LORD unto his place, which he had prepared for it.  And David assembled the children of Aaron, and the Levites:
of the sons of Kohath; Uriel the chief, and his brethren an hundred and twenty: of the sons of Merari; Asaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred and twenty: of the sons of Gershom; Joel the chief, and his brethren an hundred and thirty: of the sons of Elizaphan; Shemaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred: of the sons of Hebron; Eliel the chief, and his brethren fourscore: of the sons of Uzziel; Amminadab the chief, and his brethren an hundred and twelve.
And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab, and said unto them, ‘Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it.  For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought Him not after the due order.’
So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel.  And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD.”   1Chronicles 15:1-15  (KJB)

REFERENCES: 1 Chronicles 13:5-14; 1 Kings 8:1; Exodus 6:18; 25:14; 2 Samuel 6:3; Matthew 24:35

The Peril of Not Calling on the LORD

“And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen in mount Gilboa.  And when they had stripped him, they took his head, and his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to carry tidings unto their idols, and to the people.  And they put his armour in the house of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.
And when all Jabeshgilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, they arose, all the valiant men, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; and enquired not of the LORD: therefore He slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.”  1 Chronicles 10:8-14  (KJB)

REFERENCES: 1 Samuel 15:28; 27:7-25; Galatians 5:19-21

Valiant Men of Might

“Now the sons of Issachar were, Tola, and Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four; and the sons of Tola; Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their father’s house, of Tola: valiant men of might in their generations; whose number in the days of David two and twenty thousand and six hundred; and the sons of Uzzi; Izrahiah: and the sons of Izrahiah; Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel, Ishiah, five: all of them chief men.
And with them, by their generations, after the house of their fathers, were bands of soldiers for war, six and thirty thousand, for they had many wives and sons.
And their brethren among all the families of Issachar valiant men of might, reckoned in all by their genealogies fourscore and seven thousand. ”  1 Chronicles 7:1-5

“And of the children of Issachar, that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.” 1 Chronicles 12:32

REFERENCES: Genesis 46:13; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Ephesians 6:10-18

The Prayer of Sorrow

“The sons of Judah; Pharez, Hezron, and Carmi, and Hur, and Shobal; and Reaiah the son of Shobal begat Jahath; and Jahath begat Ahumai, and Lahad. These are the families of the Zorathites.
And these were of the father of Etam; Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi: and Penuel the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These are the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah, the father of Bethlehem.
And Ashur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah; and Naarah bare him Ahuzam, and Hepher, and Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah.
And the sons of Helah; Zereth, and Jezoar, and Ethnan.
And Coz begat Anub, and Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum.
And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow; and Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, ‘Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!’ And God granted him that which he requested.”  1 Chronicles 4:1-10  (KJB)

REFERENCES: Matthew 5:3, 4; James 1:12

Some of the Pastor’s notes on Jabez from 1 Chronicles 4:9-10…

“Jabez” = “Sorrow maker” or “Painful”

  1.  He became a man of honor… “…Was more honorable than his brethren.
  2.  He called on the God of Israel (Romans 10:13).  He asked to be blessed.  He asked for God’s hand be with him; to be kept from evil, and its grief (1 Timothy 2:8; James 1:8; Isaiah 59:1).
  3.  He asked, also for his lands to increase.
  4.  God granted his request.

What we as Christians can learn from this man named after his mother’s sorrow and pain…

  • We are all people of sorrow in the dark of sin;
  • We need to constantly be in communication with God – through His Son Jesus Christ our Advocate;
  • We must be at rest and peace in our relationship and fellowship with God, and bring our petitions and request to Him believing Him;
  • When we come to God in faith, in the name of Jesus, He will hear us and give us the answer that honors Him.

Why will and why does God answer prayer?

  1.  Because we have a heart for God;
  2.  Because we trust Him enough to ask Him;
  3.  Because He knows our changed hearts hate evil, and have no desire to do evil, neither to displease God.