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August 17, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

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1 Chronicles 24 (ESV)

The divisions of the sons of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died before their father and had no children, so Eleazar and Ithamar became the priests. With the help of Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, David organized them according to the appointed duties in their service. Since more chief men were found among the sons of Eleazar than among the sons of Ithamar, they organized them under sixteen heads of fathers’ houses of the sons of Eleazar, and eight of the sons of Ithamar. They divided them by lot, all alike, for there were sacred officers and officers of God among both the sons of Eleazar and the sons of Ithamar. And the scribe Shemaiah, the son of Nethanel, a Levite, recorded them in the presence of the king and the princes and Zadok the priest and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the priests and of the Levites, one father’s house being chosen for Eleazar and one chosen for Ithamar.

The first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin, 10 the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah, 11 the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah, 12 the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, 13 the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab, 14 the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, 15 the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez, 16 the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel, 17 the twenty-first to Jachin, the twenty-second to Gamul, 18 the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah. 19 These had as their appointed duty in their service to come into the house of the Lordaccording to the procedure established for them by Aaron their father, as the LordGod of Israel had commanded him.

20 And of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah. 21 Of Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief.22 Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath. 23 The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth. 24 The sons of Uzziel, Micah; of the sons of Micah, Shamir. 25 The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah. 26 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Jaaziah: Beno. 27 The sons of Merari: of Jaaziah, Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri. 28 Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons. 29 Of Kish, the sons of Kish: Jerahmeel. 30 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites according to their fathers’ houses. 31 These also, the head of each father’s house and his younger brother alike, cast lots, just as their brothers the sons of Aaron, in the presence of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of fathers’ houses of the priests and of the Levites.

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  1. Spirit and Truth

    1 Chronicles 24:19 says the priesthood, "had as their appointed duty in their service to come into the house of the Lord according to the procedure established for them by Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded him."

    Going "into the house of the Lord" for the priests was a big deal. They were not to be casual about their duties nor were they to do things the way they wanted them done. God's commands to Aaron were spelled out in Exodus 29-30 and Leviticus 1-7).

    In 1 Corinthians 14:40, the Apostle Paul reminds the church in Corinth (and us) that in the context of the church, "all things should be done decently and in order." This doesn't mean our meetings should be like a funeral service but there should be order. This doesn't mean we have to follow a bulletin or follow a strict schedule in order to have order but there should not be chaos.

    The early church provides us with a general "procedure" for how we are to conduct ourselves as the body of believers. Acts 2:42 says, "they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." 

    Some churches encourage people to visibly and audibly worship God with loud shouts, cries, moans, and speaking in tongues – all at the same time. 

    There are various opinions what "tongues" mean in Scripture. Some point to verses where people spoke words in a language they did not know in order to communicate to people of various cultures and other "tongues." There are many stores of this happening on the "mission field" where people are able to communicate the gospel to people in languages they themselves did not know.

    Acts 2:6-8 says, "And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, 'Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?'"

    But for those who believe tongues is more than a known language point to 1 Corinthians 14:2 which says, "For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit." These "tongues" are beyond the scope of a known language and are not confined to speaking to people but to God Himself. 

    Even if people are uttering mysteries in the Spirit in the context of a church meeting, Paul goes on to write about the "procedure," for tongues in the context of church, "If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret." 

    So while there may be tongues which are not spoken TO men (but to God), Paul writes in the same chapter that it should be done orderly (only two or at the most three, and each in turn) and there needs to be an interpretation.

    To gain more clarity on the "procedure" for worship, we turn to the Lord Jesus who said in John 4:23, "the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him." 

    Jesus gives us insight into what "spirit" means when he tells Nicodemus, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3:6). Both words, "Spirit" (capital "S") and "spirit" (lower-case "s") are the same word in the Greek (pneuma). 

    In his book "Desiring God," John Piper writes, "True worship comes only from spirits made alive and sensitive by the quickening of the Spirit of God." 

    In his Study Bible, John MacArthur writes, "Jesus’ point here is that a person must worship not simply by external conformity to religious rituals and places (outwardly) but inwardly (“in spirit”) with the proper heart attitude. The reference to “truth” refers to worship of God consistent with the revealed Scripture and centered on the “Word made flesh” who ultimately revealed His Father (John 14:6)."

    MacArthur, J., Jr. (Ed.). (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed., p. 1584). Nashville, TN: Word Pub.

    May it be said of us that we worship God both in spirit and in truth!

  2. Sometimes when I'm praying or reading the Daily Reading, I can get distracted, and it always really bothers me. 

    I want to be fully engaged when I'm talking to God; I want to feel His presence and be completely "there." 

    Having the proper heart attitude is important to me, because talking to God and worshipping Him should be the purest thing ever. 

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