1 Chronicles 3-4: Enlarge My Coast
Verse of the Day: (4:10) 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. Jerusalem (3:1-24)
And these were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shimea, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, four, of Bath-shua the daughter of Ammiel: (3:5)
God preserves the names of all His people especially the descendants of David in Jerusalem, because Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, shall come from his line. In fact, there were 2 lines of Jesus, the legal and the blood lines, from David. The legal line of Jesus was traced from Solomon, one of David’s sons, to His birth. (Matthew 1:6-11) However, it actually stopped short at Jechonias (Coniah) as God had cursed him with no children. Jechonias then adopted Salathiel (Matthew 1:12) to continue the legal line of Solomon. (Jeremiah 22:28-30) Only Nathan, another of David’s sons, had the blood line to Jesus’ birth, because Mary, Jesus’ mother, was from his line, while Joseph, Mary’s husband, was from the line of Solomon. Jesus was hence God’s Son, and His mother was Mary, the virgin. (Luke 3:23-31) Indeed, whatever God promises, He fulfils. (Luke 1:37)
2. Jabez (4:1-10)
And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. (4:9)
Jabez stood out among all his brothers because he was a man of prayer and believed in the God of Israel. Jabez prayed to God to enlarge his coast, that His hand be with him, and keep him from evil, and God truly answered his prayers, and bless and keep him. Indeed, let us pray to God to always enlarge our coast by sharing the gospel that Jesus saves that all may come to know Him, and make Him known to all. (Romans 1:14-17)
3. Judah (4:11-43)
And these written by name came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and smote their tents, and the habitations that were found there, and destroyed them utterly unto this day, and dwelt in their rooms: because there was pasture there for their flocks. (4:41)
God mentioned King Hezekiah of Judah, because he was one of the 8 good and godly kings among all the kings of Judah and Israel. Hezekiah trusted and obeyed God as he removed idolatry as well as destroyed the enemies whom God had commanded them to do so. Indeed, we can only have victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, as we do what is right before Him and always abound in His work, will and Word. (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to enlarge my coast by sharing Your Gospel to all.