This chapter contains the prayer of Jabez – made much of, today, in certain Christian circles. The example of Jabez is informative for the returning exiles and for us in this: the tribes of Israel needed to grow and expand. Jabez did not look to worldly wisdom to attain this end, but he looked to God for His blessing.
Here we read of the royal line all the way to those returning from exile.
You can see it follows the line rather than actual biology. For example, in verse 16 we know that Zedekiah was an uncle of Jeconiah, not his son.
Chronicles was written for the returning exiles. It’s a very important point.
This adds deep meaning to the lists of people, the genealogies.
They are to encourage the exiles as they return. When they see the ruin of Jerusalem, of the dwelling place of the Lord (the temple) – These lists would remind them of God at work their good through thousands of years.
So they are to us of the same importance.
We can see God at work, and this is to encourage us in our own walk.
We can know that He has been at work for thousands of years, and will continue to be at work.
We see that His sovereign will cannot be thwarted.
And His will for us, His people, is goodness!
* Gracious Lord God,
Thank You that Your will for us is our good.
Thank You that You have worked all the span of humanity with this intent, and that You continue to work this way.
Thank You for Your word Lord, that teaches us about You, about us, about Your plan.
Thank You for saving us Lord God.