- Genesis 50:20
- Hebrews 11:4
- Romans 8:28
What we can learn from this person:
- Sometimes bad things happen for good reasons. Gen. 50:20; Rom. 8:28.
Hebrews 11:4 (NASB)
4By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.
- True worship is following God’s rules about approaching Him and pleasing Him in worship. Any worship, other than that from a “washed” heart, is vain. (2 Timothy 2:26; 1 John 2:15).
Jehoiada means "God knows," and Benaiah means "God builds." 2 Samuel 23:20 – 23
14For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 (ESV)
- God sees what man overlooks. The big gifts in the temple were surely noticed by people; that’s probably what the disciples were watching. But Jesus saw what no one else did: He saw the humble gift of a poor widow. This was the gift that Jesus thought worthy of comment; this was the gift that the disciples needed to be aware of. The other gifts in the treasury that day made a lot of noise as they jingled into the receptacles, but the widow’s mites were heard in heaven.
- Rhoda was a prayer warrior.
(a) many people were praying, (b) they were praying earnestly, (c) they prayed night and day for perhaps as long as a week. But a lowly servant girl recognized Peter’s voice and rejoiced that he was free. James 5:16 (KJV) “…pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Jabez was “more honorable” = Heb. Heavy, weighty matters. Acts 17:11 – “more noble”
He was a servant and He had a kind way of sharing a difficult message.