Pray the prayer of Jabez who was delivered from a life of shame, sorrow and suffering. Pray in faith. God is able to bless you and keep you from evil.
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez saving. “I gave birth to him in pain. “Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from evil so that I will be free from pain. “And God granted his request. 1Chronicles 4:9-10
The data of Israel’s history was organized and recorded by the Chronicler to address the exiles who had returned from Babylon. The first nine chapters of First Chronicles are devoted to the genealogies which span from the time of Adam to the generation that returned to rebuild Jerusalem after seventy years of captivity.
These two verses concerning Jabez stand out in stark contrast to the mere recording of name upon name which characterizes most lineages. It is evident that Jabez descended from the tribe of Judah. But unlike the other descendants of Judah whose names are recorded; there is no clear reference to Jabez’ clan or family. Obviously, this account of Jabez was not included to focus upon his lineage, but to emphasize the impact that his prayer had upon his life.
Keil, in his commentary, supposes that these verses are a record of a vow made by Jabez. Keil goes on to suggest that the vow’ was so significant and its fulfillment so apparent that it has been handed down.
More importantly, we must remember that the information recorded in the Books of the Chronicles are not only historic fact, but are the inspired Word of God. The account of Jabez has been preserved by God to teach us spiritual lessons and to help us draw nearer to Him.
His mother named him Jabez, saving, “I gave birth to him in pain.”
Jabez’s mother named her son a name which sounds like the Hebrew word for pain or suffering. It also can be translated as sorrow maker. Biblical names are very significant. Some names have been prophetic, such as the name Jesus which means Savior. More often they expressed some outstanding personal characteristic. Abram, which means exalted father, had his name changed by God to Abraham, which means the father of many. Abraham’s grandson was named Jacob which means he grasps the heel or figuratively means the usurper or deceiver. After Jacob spends twenty years being deceived by his uncle Laban, he returns home. On his journey home, he spends a night wrestling with the Angel of the LORD. Jacob is renamed Israel which means he strives with God or having power with God.
It can be assumed that Jabez, who was named the sorrow maker, harmed others, and in turn, his life was filled with pain.
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel
Jabez descended from Judah, one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Jabez cried out to the God of Israel who had seen the misery of His people during their Egyptian bondage. The LORD God heard as Israel cried out because of their harsh taskmasters.
“Oh, that you would bless me indeed …
As a Jew, Jabez was circumcised as a sign that he was a partaker of the Abrahamic covenant. Jabez knew that God’s gracious covenant with Abram was full of blessings. Because Abram was obedient and left his country, his people and his father’s house in order to follow God, the LORD promised the following to him:
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3
Jabez understood that God is a God of love and grace who desires to bless His people.
… and enlarge my territory”
Jabez knew that when the Israelites were finished with their wilderness experience and entered into the promised land that the LORD said to Joshua, “I will give you every place where you set foot, as I promised Moses.” Joshua 1:3
The God of Israel also promised that if Joshua obeyed the Law handed down through Moses, that Joshua would be successful wherever he would go. Joshua was encouraged to be strong and courageous in battle because the LORD’S hand would be with him. So Jabez prayed:
Let your hand be with me
Jabez desired to be blessed and his territory enlarged. Jabez realized that in order for his sphere of influence, his personal wealth, and his impact for God’s kingdom to increase, it would take the grace of God, the power of God and the presence of God’s Spirit – the hand of God – to accomplish it.
and keep me from evil so that I will be free from pain.”
Jabez cried out to God “keep me from evil.” Just as the children of Israel fervently cried out to God to be delivered from their physical bondage and physical pain, Jabez fervently cried out to be delivered from his spiritual bondage and emotional pain. He was named the Sorrow Maker. Jabez caused others to suffer pain. Jabez wanted to be kept from evil so that he could be free from pain. Doing what is evil is sin. All wrong doing is sin. Sin not only breaks our relationship with God, but also harms others as well as ourselves.
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers.
Why is a man whose name means pain and who had to cry out to God, “keep me from evil…”called more honorable than his brothers? Because Jabez wanted to turn from his painful ways and knew from whom to seek help.
I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? Mv help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
The LORD is translated from the Hebrew Yahweh – the covenant name of the God of Israel. Jabez cried out to the God of Israel for deliverance and blessing. Jabez was not more righteous than his brothers because of his noble character or actions, but because he humbled himself, repented of his sins and trusted in the grace of God for forgiveness and blessing.
Jabez came from a dysfunctional family. He was cursed from birth by his own mother who labeled her newborn as a pain maker. He may have been ridiculed by other children and even by his own brothers. Jabez may have even tried to live up to his name. But we have no record of the names of the brothers of Jabez. Although he was named Sorrow Maker, the Scripture refers to him as an honorable man.
And God granted his request.
Jabez was blessed indeed. Jabez’s wealth, influence and impact for God’s kingdom remarkably increased. God presence and power was with him. Jabez was kept from evil and free from pain.
Have you come from a dysfunctional family? Are you burdened with the guilt of pain that your misdeeds have wrought? Do you want to experience true forgiveness? Do you want to experience true forgiveness? Do want the power and presence of God in your life?
THEN LOOK TO THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST
If you have never made a confession of faith then say the following prayer aloud:
“Lord Jesus Christ,
Lord, please forgive me of my sins, come into my heart and take control of my life.” AMEN
Then you have just made a decision by faith, to accept the free gift (God’s grace) of the
substitutionary sacrifice of the Messiah (the Christ), whose suffering and death paid the price of your sins.
Please contact us. We want to rejoice with you!
You have been born again. As a new born, you need to be nourished.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
In order to grow and mature spiritually you need to:
- Be baptized into Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ)
- Speak to God each day through prayer. (Pray each day in the name of Yeshua/Jesus).
- Read your Bible every day. When you read the Bible, God speaks to you through His Word. (If you don’t own a Bible, then we will help you get one.)
- Find a Bible believing church and attend regularly – both worship services and a Bible study.
- Share with someone what God has done for you.