1 Chronicles 23-25
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The thing that amazed me in these chapters was that David did not grumble, become depressed, or go somewhere and sulk because the Lord told him he would not be the builder of the Temple. He knew that his son Solomon would build it. He knew what God told him he would not do AND he knew what he COULD do. He knew he could make plans for the temple, do administrative duties, and make ALL the preparations for it to be built once his son was of age. Solomon would only need to follow the plans that his father laid out in detail to build the Temple… the details were handled!
Interestingly, the original readers of Chronicles were rebuilding the Temple AFTER it had been destroyed by invading armies. Can you imagine how valuable these details of an excellent Project Manager, organizer, administrator, and delegator were to the first readers of Chronicles. David’s plan and preparation was not only critical to Solomon but also to the people released from captivity several hundred years later. Pretty amazing right? I LOVE seeing all that David accomplished, orchestrated, delegated, organized, and laid the ground work for…not only was the nation unified but it was organized, making sacrifices, and worshipping.
Lots of names right? A few stuck out to me … Moses, Aaron, Eleazar and of course Solomon and David.
Did you tense up when you read about the census (counting was done in chapter 23)? I did because I remembered what happened the last time David did a census. BUT this time the counting was for a different reason. He was ONLY counting the Levites (those set apart for the Lord’s serve) so they could be organized and assigned their duties. David did the counting to make sure EVERY thing surrounding the Temple was done to glorify The Lord in accordance with the law, NOT because of his pride. (PHEW!!)
There are 24 Divisions for service in the Sanctuary. Aaron was a Levite and the first High Priest. ALL Priests had to be direct descendants of Aaron who were authorized to perform the SACRIFICES. All the remaining Levites were also set apart but solely to assist the priests in the temple functions such as elders, deacons, custodians, assistants, musicians, moving men, repairmen, handling the finances, breaking the bread, making the oil, etc., The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the temple of the Lord: to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God. (23:28)
All the names mentioned can be traced back to the original High Priest, Aaron (Moses brother).
Chapter 25 discusses David setting aside some of men for the “ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres, and cymbals.” (verse 1) Prophecy is more than predicting the future. It also involves singing God’s praises and preaching God’s messages (1 Corinthians 14:1.) Prophets came from all backgrounds such as musicians, farmers (AMos 1:1), wives (2 Kings 22:14), or leaders (Deuteronomy 34:10) — ANYONE who boldly and accurately spoke out for God and tried to bring people back to worshipping HIM. Music, truly speaks to my soul and to the Spirit within me… I can ONLY imagine how much the Lord our God is blessed by music and David knew that. I think it is awesome how David made sure music was part of the worship/praise/thanksgiving/prophesy… just another glimpse in how he truly was a man after God’s own heart.
WE are getting ready to witness the building of the TEMPLE!!! The Ark is in it’s permanent city so there would be no further need to carry the tabernacle anymore so the duties are regarding maintaining and worshipping it in Jerusalem.
One ironic little piece of information is that THIS line of Levites will become the very same line of priests that actually orchestrated the crucifixion of Christ. Very Sad. BUT….it also points to the fact that God’s way is truly higher than ours. The fact that Jesus was NOT a Levite but a Judahite was for a distinct reason that I discussed yesterday. In short…the Levitical Law was no longer the law to be followed. The Levitical Law was simply to give God’s people guidelines of HOW to live. They NEVER could get ANYone into heaven and NEVER will. ONLY Jesus Christ is the way into heaven so doesn’t it make sense that he would come from the tribe of Judah rather than the Levites?
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