SERVICES DELIVERED

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WORKERS

They also serve who bear the furnishings of the house of the Lord.  Today many churches meet in buildings that are rented or borrowed, and require set up for each service.  Is any service less honorable?  Not if it is a calling and an assignment from God. 

Concerning the divisions of the porters: Of the Korhites was Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.  And the sons of Meshelemiah were, Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,  Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Elioenai the seventh.  Moreover the sons of Obededom were, Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethaneel the fifth.  Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peulthai the eighth: for God blessed him.  1 Chronicles 26:1-5

The eighth was blessed by God?  Perhaps because the last shall be first? 

Also unto Shemaiah his son were sons born, that ruled throughout the house of their father: for they were mighty men of valour.  The sons of Shemaiah; Othni, and Rephael, and Obed, Elzabad, whose brethren were strong men, Elihu, and Semachiah.  All these of the sons of Obededom: they and their sons and their brethren, able men for strength for the service, were threescore and two of Obededom.  And Meshelemiah had sons and brethren, strong men, eighteen.  Also Hosah, of the children of Merari, had sons; Simri the chief, (for though he was not the firstborn, yet his father made him the chief;)  Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brethren of Hosah were thirteen.  1 Chronicles 26:6-11

If you are to serve as porters, can you do better than to be strong?  They are also mentioned as men of valor, suggesting that their role included service in war as well. 

Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the LORD.  And they cast lots, as well the small as the great, according to the house of their fathers, for every gate.  And the lot eastward fell to Shelemiah. Then for Zechariah his son, a wise counsellor, they cast lots; and his lot came out northward.  To Obededom southward; and to his sons the house of Asuppim.  To Shuppim and Hosah the lot came forth westward, with the gate Shallecheth, by the causeway of the going up, ward against ward.  1 Chronicles 26:12-16

Strength, valor, and now wisdom are found among the porters.  Responsibility for the gates of the house are assigned among this group.

Eastward were six Levites, northward four a day, southward four a day, and toward Asuppim two and two.  At Parbar westward, four at the causeway, and two at Parbar.  These are the divisions of the porters among the sons of Kore, and among the sons of Merari.  And of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasures of the house of God, and over the treasures of the dedicated things.  1 Chronicles 26:17-20

These treasures will become a curse when the Babylonians discover them.  But for now they will be guarded by these Levites. 

As concerning the sons of Laadan; the sons of the Gershonite Laadan, chief fathers, even of Laadan the Gershonite, were Jehieli.  The sons of Jehieli; Zetham, and Joel his brother, which were over the treasures of the house of the LORD.  Of the Amramites, and the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Uzzielites:  And Shebuel the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was ruler of the treasures.  And his brethren by Eliezer; Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zichri his son, and Shelomith his son.  Which Shelomith and his brethren were over all the treasures of the dedicated things, which David the king, and the chief fathers, the captains over thousands and hundreds, and the captains of the host, had dedicated.    1 Chronicles 26:21-26

There are keepers of the treasury, officers and leaders among these servants.  Everyone had an assignment, and a legacy recorded in scripture for our benefit. 

Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the LORD.  And all that Samuel the seer, and Saul the son of Kish, and Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of Zeruiah, had dedicated; and whosoever had dedicated any thing, it was under the hand of Shelomith, and of his brethren.  Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were for the outward business over Israel, for officers and judges.  And of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren, men of valour, a thousand and seven hundred, were officers among them of Israel on this side Jordan westward in all the business of the LORD, and in the service of the king.  Among the Hebronites was Jerijah the chief, even among the Hebronites, according to the generations of his fathers. In the fortieth year of the reign of David they were sought for, and there were found among them mighty men of valour at Jazer of Gilead.  And his brethren, men of valour, were two thousand and seven hundred chief fathers, whom king David made rulers over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, for every matter pertaining to God, and affairs of the king.  1 Chronicles 26:27-32

While these served in their assignments, they faced the same challenges that most of you endure.  There was death in the family, war, famine, and disease.  They lived, endured, waited on the Lord, and overcame.  They required the visitation of Yeshua after death, as they did not have our opportunity for salvation in life.  But they liv

I am experiencing changes and challenges as I prepare to live on the road in a trailer.  I hope to add to my experience of life in America.  I may find treasures to share in scriptures and life experience in this venture.  I am already challenged by mechanical failures, plumbing backups, web disconnection, and injuries to my dog.  I hope the few things I do right will be available to others, but am assured that God sees it all. 

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MELODY FAITH

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HARMONY

Music is a primary force in spiritual warfare.  The warriors of music are remembered here as well.

Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:  Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied according to the order of the king.  Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD.  Of Heman: the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth:  All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.  1 Chronicles 25:1-5

Worldly musicians today exalt the virtues of Satan and of the drug cartels.  The army of the Lord encourages the saints with hymns and praise.  If this is spiritual warfare we need to be in good spirits to continue to walk by faith.  These instruments serve to deliver the atmosphere of confidence and peace to us.

All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king’s order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.  So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.  And they cast lots, ward against ward, as well the small as the great, the teacher as the scholar.  1 Chronicles 25:6-8

If we need this background of music for our spirits, these musicians themselves need to walk by faith to deliver the encouragement of their craft.  They do not fight alone, as there are musicians on every side as they bring the harmony of mind and spirit to us.

Now the first lot came forth for Asaph to Joseph: the second to Gedaliah, who with his brethren and sons were twelve:

The third to Zaccur, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The fourth to Izri, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The fifth to Nethaniah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The sixth to Bukkiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The seventh to Jesharelah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The eighth to Jeshaiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The ninth to Mattaniah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The tenth to Shimei, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The eleventh to Azareel, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The twelfth to Hashabiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The thirteenth to Shubael, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The fourteenth to Mattithiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The fifteenth to Jeremoth, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The sixteenth to Hananiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The seventeenth to Joshbekashah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The eighteenth to Hanani, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The nineteenth to Mallothi, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The twentieth to Eliathah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The one and twentieth to Hothir, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The two and twentieth to Giddalti, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The three and twentieth to Mahazioth, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

The four and twentieth to Romamtiezer, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve.

1 Chronicles 25:9-31

These serve while they too are dealing with the trials of daily life.  These men meet the threats that come against their families and their nation as they also serve with melody.  They engage in carnal warfare if enemies attack and they suffer loss and death.  If God cares for the sparrows, he is aware of the trials and contributions of each of these who serve.   

I believe the songs that carry us through trials are empowering even when we alone sing in the wilderness.  God hears the voice that sings of confidence not supported by sight, but which still soars in notes of hope.  The teachers of music empower the scholars, the small and the great.  Be remembered for your song that rises to heaven when others curse their own unbelief.

ROYAL DESIGNS

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THE DESIGN

These Chronicles do honor all the men who served their kings.  Those who serve the Lord are especially noted in detail here.

So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.  And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites.  Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.  Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges:  Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.  1 Chronicles 23:1-5

Solomon was king now, but David had prepared thousands to prepare the building of the house of the Lord.  Again the list is named in detail to honor them, and to teach us an important lesson.

And David divided them into courses among the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.  Of the Gershonites were, Laadan, and Shimei.  The sons of Laadan; the chief was Jehiel, and Zetham, and Joel, three.  The sons of Shimei; Shelomith, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the chief of the fathers of Laadan.  And the sons of Shimei were, Jahath, Zina, and Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei. 

And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second: but Jeush and Beriah had not many sons; therefore they were in one reckoning, according to their father’s house.  The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four.  The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons for ever, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever.  Now concerning Moses the man of God, his sons were named of the tribe of Levi.  The sons of Moses were, Gershom, and Eliezer.  Of the sons of Gershom, Shebuel was the chief.  And the sons of Eliezer were, Rehabiah the chief. And Eliezer had none other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many.  Of the sons of Izhar; Shelomith the chief.  Of the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.  Of the sons of Uzziel; Micah the first and Jesiah the second.  The sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi. The sons of Mahli; Eleazar, and Kish.  And Eleazar died, and had no sons, but daughters: and their brethren the sons of Kish took them.  The sons of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, three.  1 Chronicles 23:6-23

Each of the servants of God has a place of honor and an assignment recorded for all time in the Word of God.  They will no longer carry the burden of the tabernacle in wilderness journeys though.

These were the sons of Levi after the house of their fathers; even the chief of the fathers, as they were counted by number of names by their polls, that did the work for the service of the house of the LORD, from the age of twenty years and upward.  For David said, The LORD God of Israel hath given rest unto his people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever:  And also unto the Levites; they shall no more carry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the service thereof.  For by the last words of David the Levites were numbered from twenty years old and above:  Because their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the LORD, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and the work of the service of the house of God;  Both for the shewbread, and for the fine flour for meat offering, and for the unleavened cakes, and for that which is baked in the pan, and for that which is fried, and for all manner of measure and size;  And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even:  And to offer all burnt sacrifices unto the LORD in the sabbaths, in the new moons, and on the set feasts, by number, according to the order commanded unto them, continually before the LORD:  And that they should keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the holy place, and the charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, in the service of the house of the LORD.  1 Chronicles 23:24-32

The sons of Aaron and Levi have their own places in service.  Specific divisions of service are assigned to each. 

Now these are the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.  But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children: therefore Eleazar and Ithamar executed the priest’s office.  And David distributed them, both Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, according to their offices in their service.  And there were more chief men found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar, and thus were they divided. Among the sons of Eleazar there were sixteen chief men of the house of their fathers, and eight among the sons of Ithamar according to the house of their fathers.  Thus were they divided by lot, one sort with another; for the governors of the sanctuary, and governors of the house of God, were of the sons of Eleazar, and of the sons of Ithamar.  1 Chronicles 24:1-5

We may be of service in the church today without being in line with genealogy.  Indeed we can be grafted in gentiles, and become part of the house of Abraham.  Simple services in building maintenance or setting up for events are all honorable in God’s sight.

And Shemaiah the son of Nethaneel the scribe, one of the Levites, wrote them before the king, and the princes, and Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and before the chief of the fathers of the priests and Levites: one principal household being taken for Eleazar, and one taken for Ithamar.  Now the first lot came forth to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah,  The third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim,  The fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin,  The seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah,  The ninth to Jeshuah, the tenth to Shecaniah,  The eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim,  The thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,  The fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer,  The seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Aphses,  The nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezekel,  The one and twentieth to Jachin, the two and twentieth to Gamul,  The three and twentieth to Delaiah, the four and twentieth to Maaziah.  1 Chronicles 24:6-18

We may go beyond minor services if we are called to study for ministry service.  Missionaries and pastoral assignments are opportunities available to all of us.  There is honor in service, and more when recognized by the leaders who teach us to lead. 

These were the orderings of them in their service to come into the house of the LORD, according to their manner, under Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him.  And the rest of the sons of Levi were these: Of the sons of Amram; Shubael: of the sons of Shubael; Jehdeiah.   Concerning Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, the first was Isshiah.  Of the Izharites; Shelomoth: of the sons of Shelomoth; Jahath.  And the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth.  Of the sons of Uzziel; Michah: of the sons of Michah; Shamir.

The brother of Michah was Isshiah: of the sons of Isshiah; Zechariah.  The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi: the sons of Jaaziah; Beno.  The sons of Merari by Jaaziah; Beno, and Shoham, and Zaccur, and Ibri.  Of Mahli came Eleazar, who had no sons.  Concerning Kish: the son of Kish was Jerahmeel.  The sons also of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites after the house of their fathers.  These likewise cast lots over against their brethren the sons of Aaron in the presence of David the king, and Zadok, and Ahimelech, and the chief of the fathers of the priests and Levites, even the principal fathers over against their younger brethren.  1 Chronicles 24:19-31

Whatever your choice or calling, all are recognized by God for service done for our Messiah Yeshua.  Even a glass of water is honored if it is given in Jesus name.  Your services, tithes, and prayers are all known to God. 

We may despair at times for the seeming futility of life.  How can we live honestly when the violent and deceitful are so prosperous?  Remember that this life is an entrance exam for the hope of eternity.  We are not abandoned by God; we are observed and remembered for the least of services.  But you who serve in the name of Jesus are more than the least of servants; you are a royal priesthood yourselves.  Savor the demonstration here of how God sees your role.

ALIEN NATION

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THE DESIGN

David had a dream that he could not fulfill.  But he did have a son who was destined to complete his great design.  He also had assets to begin stockpiling the materials and talent required for the job ahead.

Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.  And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.  And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight;  Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David.  And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.  1 Chronicles 22:1-5

One translation of this reads “aliens” in the place of “strangers”.  There were many nations still in the land, including the people from the friendly northern kingdoms of Lebanon.  These were the wood workers who harvested the cedars of Lebanon.  David had no problem putting aliens to work for their industry and talent brought prosperity to the preparations.  Did they have green cards?  They produced green prosperity.  The temple was to be magnificent; not mundane, so the work of motivated workers was needed. 

God did not send Israel to attack Lebanon (Phoenicia) because they were not judged to be in sin as the Canaanites were.  King Hiram became a friend of David, and would help Solomon greatly in building the temple.  Aliens aren’t all bad, contrary to some reports coming from the American Southwest.  Today American drug users and gun dealers are creating another war zone on our border.  Mexicans aren’t ruining America, Americans are ruining Mexico. 

My parents helped the woman who guided their tours to Mexico, and dad was always welcomed to their family baptisms, graduations, and holidays.  Their family came in mass to pray for dad at his funeral.  I can picture such a turnout for David at his death by the aliens of his day.  I read these scriptures in a motel during my drive home from dad’s funeral in Nebraska.  The word “aliens” stood out in the examples of a real life for our lessons today.  We have to remember that every generation had its own new wave of immigrants and gangsters.  The (Irish) Kennedy family fortune was founded on bootleg booze.  How can any of us claim grace as aliens to Israel if we cannot forgive the workers who build our earthly nation?

Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the LORD God of Israel.  And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God:  But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.  Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.  He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.  Now, my son, the LORD be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the LORD thy God, as he hath said of thee.  Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.  Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.  1 Chronicles 22:6-13

Second Samuel chapter 7 tells us that God spoke through Samuel about a son who would build a house for God.  David reveals this communication to Solomon and details the provisions he has prepared. 

Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.  Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work.  Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee.  David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,  Is not the LORD your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the land is subdued before the LORD, and before his people.  Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.  1 Chronicles 22:14-19

The kingdom God has in mind is made of the flesh of all nations.  Israel was the first to be condemned by the Law, and they will be with us to be redeemed by their messiah Yeshua.  We are aliens to the kingdom of God without the grace of his son.  With that grace we are all builders of this great kingdom, equipped and predestinated for service.

COMING BACK

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I have just returned from one really long trip to Negbraska for my father’s funeral.  I had plenty of resistance and will see many changes in the near future.  I know I have seen a lot of help from the Lord along the way, and this will be reflected in the messages to come.  My earthly father and my heavenly father have each had lessons that are being reinforced by the coming scriptures from the Chronicles.  Stay tuned and I will fill in the blanks a bit shortly.

David