1 Chronicles 4:1-20 (Part 5) – In the Name of Jesus, He Protects Me

Posted: December 11, 2019 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 4:1-20 (Part 5 of 5)

Other Descendants of Judah

As some of you readers may know from being with me in my blogs over the past 7 years, I jog and walk in the mornings. I used to do my jogs/walks 6 days a week but now that my weight is in the 180s, here in the last year, I have cut back to 3 days a week. I walk an 1/8 of a mile and jog an 1/8 of a mile for each quarter mile of the 10+ miles I do each time I go out. I do my exercise from 5am in the morning until 7am each time. It is dark and lonely out there each time in this little small town that we now live in. It was difficult at first to figure out how to get that much mileage in within the town limits (where all the streetlights are) but it is doable with doubling back over the same parts of my route in various parts of town.

There are some dark areas of my pattern in parts of town where there are abandoned buildings (as this town is living its post tobacco center years and is still trying to recapture what was once a much more vibrant small town). You see it a lot in the small farming towns of the Pee Dee region of our state. What were once vibrant farming centers with busy little business districts are now struggling with the urbanization of our state. People are leaving the small farming towns and going to the larger cities of our state such as Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and so on. The jobs are no longer in farming and there is less to keep people in these small towns. Lamar is no different. Farming is so mechanized now, there is simply fewer people needed to do it. People leave to go where the jobs are. Although there are many forward thinking, wonderful people in this town, it is at a crossroads in its post-farming development. We must find some type of industry to sustain our town into the future. Right here off Interstate 20 and near Interstate 95, Lamar is perfectly situated for such industry to come, if it would just come. If a manufacturer would see the potential and just come.

In the meantime, there are several places around town where there are abandoned building and even abandoned homes. There is one place at the edge of town where there is an old abandoned building that I run by each time I go on my morning exercise in the dark that just gives me a weird feeling as I run by it. Maybe it’s just me being weirdly paranoid because nothing has even given me a reason to jump as I have gone by this building. No animals have jumped out of the building as I have passed by. No weird noises or anything. But too much Stephen King’s “It” over the years with abandoned buildings, I can blame that! LOL!

But when I pass by it, there is a sense of uneasiness that creeps into my soul each time I pass it. A sense that something evil resides in that dark, abandoned building. Maybe it’s because it’s dark. Because I do not feel that feeling when I jog past this place when I have jogged during the day on my days off from the office at church. But in the early morning dark hours, there is just a sense of something not right, some evil presence when I run past there. Call me paranoid. I know that if I explored the old building I would learn once and for all that there is nothing there. But I don’t have time for that, even in the daytime. So, when I jog past this old dilapidated, decaying, and abandoned building, I invoke the name of Jesus. I chant “in the name of Jesus, He protects me” over and over as I jog past it the first time during my jog and again the second time. There’s a part of me that thinks I am just being overly paranoid and just plain stupid but whatever the reason, even if there is really something evil that dwells there, the uneasiness as I pass this building drains away when I invoke my chant of protection from the mere name of Jesus Christ. It tells us in God’s Word that every knee shall bow at the name of Jesus. Mark 3:11 tells us that “And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, ‘You are the Son of God.’” As we are children of Christ Jesus, He will protect us. When we fully believe in Him, submitted to His leadership of our lives, and fully believe in His power over all things, we are protected.

There is something to be said about having full faith in the power of who Jesus Christ is as we move through this life on this side of eternity. It is when we give evil a sit in the theatre of our hearts that it gains its power over us. With that idea of having full faith in the power of Jesus Christ, let’s read the passage, 1 Chronicles 4:1-20, now:

Chapter 4

1 The descendants of Judah were Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal.

2 Shobal’s son Reaiah was the father of Jahath. Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These were the families of the Zorathites.

3 The descendants of[a] Etam were Jezreel, Ishma, Idbash, their sister Hazzelelponi, 4 Penuel (the father of[b] Gedor), and Ezer (the father of Hushah). These were the descendants of Hur (the firstborn of Ephrathah), the ancestor of Bethlehem.

5 Ashhur (the father of Tekoa) had two wives, named Helah and Naarah. 6 Naarah gave birth to Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari. 7 Helah gave birth to Zereth, Izhar,[c] Ethnan, 8 and Koz, who became the ancestor of Anub, Zobebah, and all the families of Aharhel son of Harum.

9 There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez[d] because his birth had been so painful. 10 He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request.

11 Kelub (the brother of Shuhah) was the father of Mehir. Mehir was the father of Eshton. 12 Eshton was the father of Beth-rapha, Paseah, and Tehinnah. Tehinnah was the father of Ir-nahash. These were the descendants of Recah.

13 The sons of Kenaz were Othniel and Seraiah. Othniel’s sons were Hathath and Meonothai.[e] 14 Meonothai was the father of Ophrah. Seraiah was the father of Joab, the founder of the Valley of Craftsmen,[f] so called because they were craftsmen.

15 The sons of Caleb son of Jephunneh were Iru, Elah, and Naam. The son of Elah was Kenaz.

16 The sons of Jehallelel were Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel.

17 The sons of Ezrah were Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. One of Mered’s wives became[g] the mother of Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah (the father of Eshtemoa). 18 He married a woman from Judah, who became the mother of Jered (the father of Gedor), Heber (the father of Soco), and Jekuthiel (the father of Zanoah). Mered also married Bithia, a daughter of Pharaoh, and she bore him children.

19 Hodiah’s wife was the sister of Naham. One of her sons was the father of Keilah the Garmite, and another was the father of Eshtemoa the Maacathite.

20 The sons of Shimon were Amnon, Rinnah, Ben-hanan, and Tilon.

The descendants of Ishi were Zoheth and Ben-zoheth.

In this passage, we see that Jabez makes his most important petition of all and he saves it for last. None of the other petitions will happen if this petition does not happen. He will not be blessed if he falls into evil. God will not grant him more territory if he falls into evil. As we have seen from Israel, when they began practicing their evil ways, their territory was literally reduced until their nation was no more. If we ask the Lord to be with us in all that we do, we will stray or depart from Him when we are seduced by evil. Thus, this petition is the most important one. To be kept from evil.

I think my own little illustration is an important demonstration of what we believe about evil and evil spirits. We know repeatedly from the New Testament that Jesus had power over demons. They cowered in His presence. It is thus we who gives evil its power in our lives. Movies and books about demons and evil in general try to tell us that evil is equal to or more powerful than the powers of good or the power of God. This is simply not true. In the real world, Satan and his minions are subject to Jesus Christ. They are created beings. Jesus is part of the eternal Godhead that has existed since before creation and it is through Him that all things were made. It is us who gives Satan his power in our lives. It is us who gives evil its stranglehold in our lives.

So, when Jabez makes this final petition, He is committing to keeping his focus on God. He is committing to believe that God has power and dominion over evil and over Satan. He is asking God to help him remember that. He is asking for God’s help to keep him focused on the fact that everything else falls into place when we align our thoughts and hearts with the fact that God is sovereignly supreme over everything in our lives. We will be kept from evil when we keep our thoughts on God. We will be protected from evil when we think on godly things, when we seek to do God’s will. It’s when we take our eyes off Him that we are susceptible to evil.

So, call me whacky. Call me goofy. Call me childish. But when I have uneasiness in the dark, I will continue to invoke the name of Jesus and claim it that He will protect me from evil when I feel scared or uneasy. He is the king of my heart. He is the source of my strength. When I keep my eyes on Him instead of the waves, I will be kept from evil. I will be protected. And I am not just talking about during pre-dawn jogs around town. When I keep my eyes on Him, fully believe in Him, align my will with His, I will be kept from evil. I am reminded of that currently popular Christian contemporary song, King of My Heart, by Bethel Music. Its lyrics go like this:

Let the King of my heart

Be the mountain where I run

The fountain I drink from

Oh, He is my song

Let the King of my heart

Be the shadow where I hide

The ransom for my life

Oh, He is my song

‘Cause You are good

You are good, oh oh

You are good

You are good, oh oh

You are good

You are good, oh oh

You are good

You are good, oh oh

And let the King of my heart

Be the wind inside my sails

The anchor in the waves

Oh oh, He is my song

Let the King of my heart

Be the fire inside my veins

The echo of my days

Oh oh, He is my song

Let the King of my heart

Be the wind inside my sails

The anchor in the waves

Oh oh, He is my song

Let the King of my heart

Be the fire inside my veins

The echo of my days

Oh, He is my song

‘Cause You are good

You are good, oh oh

You are good

You are good, oh…

Oh, Lord,  I pray as Jabez prayed. Oh that you would keep me from evil. In the name of Jesus, He protects me for He is the King of my heart. All things and all beings created are subject to Him. He is the song in my heart.

Amen and Amen.

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