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June 20, 2019

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Reading along with us in 1 Chronicles? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Chronicles 4 (ESV)

The sons of Judah: Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal. Reaiah the son of Shobal fathered Jahath, and Jahath fathered Ahumai and Lahad. These were the clans of the Zorathites......Continue Reading

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  1. Again, I love the asides included in the genealogies.

    “These were the children of Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, whom Mered had married.” So an Israelite married Pharoah’s daughter.

    “(These records are from ancient times.)” – I thought these were ancient times.

  2. Found it harder to follow the genealogies here since they jumped around a bit and some names popped up with no connection to those above. One of those was Jabez whose prayer here was made famous in our modern day by the book whose title bears his name. In context, the prayer appears fairly shallow, especially as a model of what we should be oriented to. I mean bless me so I will have a lot of territory and be free from pain doesn’t line up with the principles emphasized in the New Testament. There we are to count it all joy when we suffer and seek to share in the sufferings of Christ so God’s power will be revealed in our weakness. Now for Jabez to cry out to God and trust Him when others weren’t….for him to broker his existence and provision on God rather than himself is laudable and we should do the same. It is significant that the Bible tells us God answered the prayer. He certainly responds to faith and is not opposed to blessing us in material ways as well.

    I also find it curious in these geologies how certain individuals in families are followed through on. Most of the time it is the first born, but other times it is not. It seems in this chapter as well, tribal heads and heads of clans are mentioned as well as the different activities they specialized in. Any information like that that adds some details to these genealogies is certainly welcomed…..

  3. . 42And some of them, five hundred men of the Simeonites, went to Mount Seir, having as their leaders Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi. 43And they defeated the remnant of the Amalekites who had escaped, and they have lived there to this day.

    Always enjoy seeing to this day in scripture….it is so neat!

  4. I was wondering why there are asides about some people and not others. My dad is big into genealogy and often when talking about family he will insert a comment or very short anecdote. It helps us all remember who he is talking about. He rattles off the names, but we are the ones who ask, “are those the two brothers who married two sisters?” “is he the one who killed a guy with a fencepost?” in order to recall them. I was thinking maybe these little stories are to help those reading/listening to remember exactly who they are talking about.

  5. The prayer of Jabez… devotionals have been written about this prayer…

    Seems a bit self-serving, don’t you think? It’s all about me ???

    Where is the worship of the Holy God, King of Kings?

    Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked. .

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