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.

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