These next two chapters are often only skipped over. They include a lot of names and numbers that don’t appear to mean much. Of course, in our modern lingo, it really doesn’t in a way. But there are a few deeper thoughts I’d like to bring out here from Chapters 25 and 26 of 1 Chronicles!
In Case You Missed It
My last post, on 1 Chronicles 17 and 18, can be found HERE.
Next, Angela covered Chapters 19 and 20 on her static Blogging Through The Bible page on No Longer Lukewarm, HERE.
Tammy did a great job with Chapters 21 and 22, which you can find on her blog, Grandma Mary Martha, HERE.
And finally, Tatiana expounded on Chapters 23 and 24 on her blog, the musings of mum, located HERE.
Chapter 25: Musician Positions
I just love the way this chapter starts out! As a musician myself, I can testify to the spirit that good worship music can bring, but these that David separated for this service prophesied with their instruments. Wow… right?
In verse 1, the word for prophesy actually means to be under divine influence, and that really holds some weight, doesn’t it? In fact, this wasn’t just a group of good musicians, it was the Holy Ghost working through them! It was actually the king’s order for service to be rendered on cymbals, psalteries, and harps. I bet that was beautiful! All 288 of them!
Most of the rest of the chapter has to do with “casting lots” for each musician to find their specific duty. You see, David wasn’t about to attempt to make assignments according to HIS will, but rather to leave it in God’s hand. It helped to keep pride from creeping in for both teacher and student, but yet gave an enormous opportunity for those, maybe, who were newer to these positions.
Chapter 26: Gatekeepers
Chapter 26 goes a lot like Chapter 25 just did, but here we see the numbers and divisions associated with the porters, also known as gatekeepers. These men didn’t just have to keep a tight reign on security in a physical sense, but in a spiritual one as well. They had to assure that all those who entered into and were associated with the temple were ready to both serve and worship the One True God.
Again, David decided to let God do the picking, from small and great alike. These positions of servanthood held great meaning in David’s day, and he knew it. That’s why these were recorded… to remind us that both practical matters and spiritual matters mean just as much, and really, they go hand in hand!
And just imagine, all these thousands of men in service to the Holy Temple! These days, it’s hard to find enough people to fill a small church just to worship, not to mention actually work, worship, prophesy, delegate, and keep the gate! I’ve always said that every single word, every “jot and tittle” is in this book for a reason. It didn’t survive these thousands of years by sheer luck alone. No, every word is meant for our betterment as His servants.
And I’m honored and grateful INDEED to be one!
What do you think about the difference between the worship musicians of those days, or the “gatekeepers”, in comparison with our modern churches setup? It is definitely different!
Lord Jesus, help us to be able to slow down and see the greater Truths in what appears to be the mundane in Your Word! Because, surely, there is NOTHING mundane about a single Word of Yours! Every word is so very dear to me, and I pray it is to all who call themselves by Your Name. In Jesus mighty Name, Amen.