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1 Chronicles 3-5
In our reading today we have the prayer of Jabez. In recent years this prayer that Jabez prayed became famous in American Christianity. As far as I can see, all of these things that he prayed for are benefits in the New Covenant. Bless me indeed: Ephesians 1:3; enlarge my coast: Ephesians 4:11-16; thine hand might be with me: Colossians 1:27; that thou would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me: 1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 6:11-18.
In our reading today Jesus tells us that he is the light of the world. “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). Jesus is the light of the world, but because Jesus is in us and we are in him, we are also the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16), shining the light of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.