Old Testament lessons

What can you say about…Jochebed?

What can you say about Jochebed?

Well, the woman mentioned twice by name in the scriptures (Exodus 6:20, Numbers 26:59) was born in Egypt and bore three children, who grew up to become some spiritually heavy-hitters as well. She made tough choices, she knew the providence of God and her faith must have been a topic mentioned at her funeral (Exodus 2:1-9, Hebrews 11:23).

This is why Jochebed stands as an example to every woman who knows the value of fearing God despite the feelings of the culture that surrounds her. EA

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)

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What can you say about…Jabez?

What can you say about, Jabez? Well, there’s the place (1 Chronicles 2:55), and then there’s the person (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)…the person is a lot more interesting despite the fact we’re told very little about him biblically speaking.

But in light of what we’re told, here are a couple of things you could say about him: One, something about him reminded his mother of great sorrow. Maybe his birth was costly, physically speaking. Maybe it was a family situation. Regardless of the cause, the name of sorrow (the literal meaning of Jabez) was given at his birth, but it would be a name that he would outgrow because the second thing we can say about Jabez is that he became a faithful, a praying, a blessed and a protected man of a God.

We can’t honestly say much else, but what we can say is worth being listened to. EA

Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 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.” (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)

When “Magor-Missabib’s” disguise themselves as “Pashur’s”

In Jeremiah 19, God’s prophet was instructed to warn the people of Judah and Jerusalem that, because of their unrestrained sin and stubbornness, a harsh, but just, judgment was coming. Despite the clarity of the message which spelled doom for the unrepentant people, there were leaders who promised peace, and who also treated Jeremiah horribly; of which included a governor and son of a priest whose name, Pashur, meant freedom. But in Jeremiah 20:1-6 this same Pashur received a personal message from God that included the new name of Magor-Missabib, which meant a cause of terror on every side.

Beware! There are those in the religious world today who promise peace and freedom without repentance from sin and conviction toward God. Such are modern-day “Magor-Missabib’s” in that they promise what they cannot deliver while delivering those to whom the promise is made into a fiery terror on every side called Hell.

Make no mistake about it, there is freedom from sin to be found, but there is no lasting freedom found in sin. EA

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.” 2 Peter 2:19-21