Saturday, June 25, 2016

1 Chronicles 4

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Chronicles 4. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The book of Chronicles starts with a (long) chronicling of the Israelite people to establish a genealogy. This may not be the most exciting reading material, but it won't last too much longer!
  • Othniel (verse 13) is significant in that he was Israel's first judge initiating a new era and reforms to Israel. His story is told in the book of Judges, 1:9-15 and 3:5-11.
  • Caleb (verse 15) was another really significant person in Israel's history. His story is told in Numbers 13-14 and Joshua 14-15.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Jabez (verses 9-10) is remembered not for an action, but for a prayer. In his prayer he asks God to:
    • Bless him.
    • Help him in his work and responsibilities. ("expand my territory")
    • Be with him.
    • Keep him from trouble and pain.
  • Apparently, God was pleased with Jabez' prayer, because he "granted him his request" (vs 10). An author named Bruce Wilkinson wrote an entire (little) book based on this called The Prayer Of Jabez, encouraging Christians to use these verses as an outline for a prayer we need to pray.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Why don't you take some time to pray, making the same four requests Jabez made?