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August 18, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Jeremiah 23-25
Audio: Jeremiah 23-25

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1 Chronicles 25 (ESV)

David and the chiefs of the service also set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who prophesied with lyres, with harps, and with cymbals. The list of those who did the work and of their duties was: Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah, sons of Asaph, under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied under the direction of the king. Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with the lyre in thanksgiving and praise to the Lord. Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer, according to the promise of God to exalt him, for God had given Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. They were all under the direction of their father in the music in the house of the Lord with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king. The number of them along with their brothers, who were trained in singing to the Lord, all who were skillful, was 288. And they cast lots for their duties, small and great, teacher and pupil alike.

The first lot fell for Asaph to Joseph; the second to Gedaliah, to him and his brothers and his sons, twelve; 10 the third to Zaccur, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 11 the fourth to Izri, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 12 the fifth to Nethaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 13 the sixth to Bukkiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 14 the seventh to Jesharelah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 15 the eighth to Jeshaiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 16 the ninth to Mattaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 17 the tenth to Shimei, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 18 the eleventh to Azarel, his sons and his brothers, twelve;19 the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 20 to the thirteenth, Shubael, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 21 to the fourteenth, Mattithiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 22 to the fifteenth, to Jeremoth, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 23 to the sixteenth, to Hananiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 24 to the seventeenth, to Joshbekashah, his sons and his brothers, twelve;25 to the eighteenth, to Hanani, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 26 to the nineteenth, to Mallothi, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 27 to the twentieth, to Eliathah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 28 to the twenty-first, to Hothir, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 29 to the twenty-second, to Giddalti, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 30 to the twenty-third, to Mahazioth, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 31 to the twenty-fourth, to Romamti-ezer, his sons and his brothers, twelve.

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  1. Music in the House of the Lord

    Every culture in the world enjoys music and singing. For many, music is the soundtrack of our lives. There are songs of love, celebration, mourning and virtually every emotion we experience.

    The Bible also contains references to music, singing and dancing. In David's case, he danced (according to Michal, daughter of Saul), "half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would" (2 Samuel 6:20b). His response? "It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor" (2 Samuel 6:21). 

    David was also a musician himself who, before he famously kills Goliath, was hired by King Saul to play the lyre whenever a harmful spirit from God was upon him to refresh him (1 Samuel 16:23). He also authored 75 of the 150 Psalms in the Bible.

    In today's chapter, at the end of his life and reign as King of Israel, David's attention is now on the temple musicians. There are three instruments mentioned in 1 Chronicles 25: lyres, harps and cymbals. What, no guitars? 🙂

    1 Chronicles 25:6 says, "They were all under the direction of their father in the music in the house of the Lord with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king."

    There were also 288 people who were trained in singing to the Lord!

    Just as there are songs that reflect nearly every emotion we feel, there are a many reasons people become skilled musicians. For some, it's fame and fortune. For others, it's the attention you get from beautiful girls who are way out of your league (Michelle?). Still others might be motivated by pride and wanting to show off ability for validation or praise. Of course, there are some who just enjoy playing music and want to be the best they can be for the satisfaction of accomplishing something. 

    The temple musicians, even if they struggled with the various "perks" of being skilled musicians, had one collective goal in mind – it was an act of service (as mentioned in 1 Chronicles 25:6). 

    For the temple musicians, Psalm 150 reflects their service:

    Praise the Lord!
    Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens!

    2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his excellent greatness!

    3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!

    4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!

    5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

    6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
    Praise the Lord!

    Even if we're not a musician or singer, Colossians 3:17 says, "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

    Everything means EVERY THING!

  2. One thing that stood out to me here was that they were "prophesied with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals." This brought up memories of hearing from certain people that percussive instruments are "of the devil," but never hearing any scriptural basis for that belief (I never believed that). Out of curiosity and wondering if cymbals were commonly used in prophesy and worship, I did some research and found that they are present throughout the Bible, such as in Psalm 150:5 – "Praise Him with loud cymbals; praise Him with resounding cymbals."

    This may seem like a trivial thing to have stand out to me, but "extrabiblical" teachings were a source of great worry for me when I was younger, and anything that dismantles those teachings is going to stand out to me. smiley

    1. Great observation, Chris (and welcome to the Daily Bible Reading/Sharing)! It's been a joy having you with us in church and now online!

      I don't remember any churches having issues with percussion instruments. Do you? Even really conservative churches will have some percussion in the context of brass instrument and in a classical style.

      I do remember issues about having a drum kit in church and concerns it would look like a "rock band"where people would be performing instead of worshipping God. I know there was also some dialog about not wanting "rock music" in church too so having drums meant the drum beat could be in the rock style.

      Sometimes the "extra-biblical" teachings we interact with have more to do with convictions of the pastor and elders (or even influential members of a congregation) and also wanting to avoid the "appearance of evil." 

      Thanks for commenting! 

  3. I absolutely love music, and it's a huge part of my everyday life. As soon as I step into the kitchen in the morning, Alexa is on duty. 

    I think music is such a beautiful way to praise God, and I love singing along to worship songs. It really helps to set the tone for my day.

    I want to keep Jesus in the center of my heart and the forefront of my mind, and music helps me to do that on a daily basis. 

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