Summary: At some point in life, every child has a hero they what to grow up to be. How do we become the model’s of Christian maturity and faith that others will want to immolate. Looking into the character of some biblical examples will help you to become a rea
Jebez – The Man the World Couldn’t Mold
Heroes of Faith Part 5
Text: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
In the last several weeks we’ve been looking at some of the less known “Heroes of Faith” as we have looked into the loves of individuals such as:
Enoch - The man the world could not hold
Noah - The man the world could not sink
Mom - The woman the world can not duplicate
Today we are going to look at another of these heroes, a man by the name of Jabez. The Man the world could not mold.
Like all of our other heroes, the Bible doesn’t give us a lot of information about Jabez. From the two verses of scripture that mention his name we know a few things about him:
• He was of the family of Judah – (House of Praise)
• He was brought into this world in great pain.
o His name means “Son of Sorrow” or “He will cause pain”
• Something about him caused a significant shift in the generations that followed him.
o From the opening verse of 1 Chronicles, we are presented with a genealogy or Chronology of the decedents from Adam to the twelve sons of Jacob (Israel).
o The purpose is to document who was from what family and who had rightful claim to what inheritance.
o History of the Book.
Ezra what a priest and scribe at Israel’s return from Babylonian exile.
As a matter of his desire to keep the genealogies clear, Ezra painstakingly records the generations from Adam’s sons to the twelve sons of promise.
But when he records the Linage of Judah, he pauses at one child. After some 44 names in chapter 4 alone, a story of great significance breaks through…
Bruce Wilkinson, in his book The Prayer of Jabez says
“Someone once said there is really very little difference between people – but that little difference makes a great deal of difference. Jabez doesn’t stand astride the Old Testament like a Moses or David or light up the book of Acts like those early Christians who turned the world upside down. But one thing is sure: The little difference in his life made all the difference.”
1. He broke the mold.
A. His name should have told it all. “He will cause Pain”.
o “stay away from him, he’s trouble”
o We are not told why his mother named him (that was a job for the father to do)
o Perhaps this pregnancy was unplanned
o Maybe she didn’t want any more children
o Maybe this baby was a peace offering of a failing relationship.
o He could have let people’s opinion dictate his life
Remember an early definition of Hero?
“Ordinary people doing extraordinary things”.
B. He outlived people’s opinion and expectations.
Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers,
o Despite the name calling
o Despite public opinion
i. After all, he came from the House of Praise
ii. He knew a God who listened
a. God thought more highly of him than others did.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Rather than living up to people’s expectations
try living out God’s Dream
b. His willingness to Praise gave him audience in prayer.