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1 Chronicles Series: The Significance of Genealogies

Genealogies are significant to the whole Bible. The Significance of Genealogies point the people to God’s faithfulness in the Abrahamic and Davidic Covenant. The Genealogies in 1st Chronicles details the stories that are found before 1st chronicles were written. One scholar noted that the genealogies are annotated stories of their life. The Genealogies in 1st Chronicles went through the creation all the way up to the restoration. Some scholars believe the genealogies is the annotated version of the Biblical account from Creation to David’s family and lineage.

One of the figures that was listed in the Genealogy is Jabez. Jabez lived a life that was much honorable than the rest of his brothers. However, this was not the case all his life. When his mother bore him, it dealt great birth pain on the mother. Therefore, she called her son Jabez because He brought great pain upon her during the childbirth of Jabez. Jabez rose above the occasion and called on God which helped him to be more honorable than his brothers. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 states, “And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So, God granted him what he requested.”

The Story of Jabez is quite interesting in 1 Chronicles 4:8-10. It is short but so impactful. The Story of Jabez is how he broke through his label to honor and glorify God. God granted Jabez his request because he wanted to glorify and honor God all the days of his life. This is one of the most impactful stories in 1st Chronicles that is quite often overlooked. Jabez is an unappreciated guy that needs to be talked about. Jabez was the figure that popped out at me while reading 1st Chronicles. It is so interesting the more one reads, the more one gains out of the Bible. The Bible never changes and sheds new light every time one reads it.

If I never read the genealogies, I would have never heard the story of Jabez. So this is the significance of Genealogies in 1st Chronicles 1-10.

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