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August 19, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Jeremiah 26-29
Audio: Jeremiah 26-29

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1 Chronicles 26 (ESV)

As for the divisions of the gatekeepers: of the Korahites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph. And Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth, Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh. And Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sachar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth, Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth, for God blessed him. Also to his son Shemaiah were sons born who were rulers in their fathers’ houses, for they were men of great ability. The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, Rephael, Obed and Elzabad, whose brothers were able men, Elihu and Semachiah. All these were of the sons of Obed-edom with their sons and brothers, able men qualified for the service; sixty-two of Obed-edom. And Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, able men, eighteen. 10 And Hosah, of the sons of Merari, had sons: Shimri the chief (for though he was not the firstborn, his father made him chief), 11 Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brothers of Hosah were thirteen.

12 These divisions of the gatekeepers, corresponding to their chief men, had duties, just as their brothers did, ministering in the house of the Lord. 13 And they cast lots by fathers’ houses, small and great alike, for their gates. 14 The lot for the east fell to Shelemiah. They cast lots also for his son Zechariah, a shrewd counselor, and his lot came out for the north. 15 Obed-edom’s came out for the south, and to his sons was allotted the gatehouse. 16 For Shuppim and Hosah it came out for the west, at the gate of Shallecheth on the road that goes up. Watch corresponded to watch. 17 On the east there were six each day, on the north four each day, on the south four each day, as well as two and two at the gatehouse.18 And for the colonnade on the west there were four at the road and two at the colonnade. 19 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers among the Korahites and the sons of Merari.

20 And of the Levites, Ahijah had charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries of the dedicated gifts. 21 The sons of Ladan, the sons of the Gershonites belonging to Ladan, the heads of the fathers’ houses belonging to Ladan the Gershonite: Jehieli.

22 The sons of Jehieli, Zetham, and Joel his brother, were in charge of the treasuries of the house of the Lord. 23 Of the Amramites, the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Uzzielites— 24 and Shebuel the son of Gershom, son of Moses, was chief officer in charge of the treasuries. 25 His brothers: from Eliezer were his son Rehabiah, and his son Jeshaiah, and his son Joram, and his son Zichri, and his son Shelomoth. 26 This Shelomoth and his brothers were in charge of all the treasuries of the dedicated gifts that David the king and the heads of the fathers’ houses and the officers of the thousands and the hundreds and the commanders of the army had dedicated. 27 From spoil won in battles they dedicated gifts for the maintenance of the house of the Lord. 28 Also 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—all dedicated gifts were in the care of Shelomothand his brothers.

29 Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were appointed to external duties for Israel, as officers and judges. 30 Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brothers, 1,700 men of ability, had the oversight of Israel westward of the Jordan for all the work of the Lord and for the service of the king. 31 Of the Hebronites, Jerijah was chief of the Hebronites of whatever genealogy or fathers’ houses. (In the fortieth year of David’s reign search was made and men of great ability among them were found at Jazer in Gilead.) 32 King David appointed him and his brothers, 2,700 men of ability, heads of fathers’ houses, to have the oversight of the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of the Manassites for everything pertaining to God and for the affairs of the king.

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This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. The Extraordinary Ordinary Tasks

    Much of today's chapter focuses on groups of levites who were to be gatekeepers (1 Chronicles 26:1-19), treasurers (1 Chronicles 26:20-28), and also judges and various civil servants who worked away from the temple (1 Chronicles 26:29-32). 

    In his commentary on this chapter, M.J. Selman writes, "A very important point is made by the inclusion of these groups, even though they might seem to represent a diversion from Chronicles’ main theme. As God’s people pay proper attention to their status as a worshipping community, the distinction between the sacred and the secular disappears. All tasks, whether mundane or specialized, 'religious' or 'lay', have value in the eyes of God. Every Levite was as much involved in the 'service of the temple of the LORD' as the priests and their immediate assistants. The gatekeepers were 'to serve in the house of the LORD side by side with their kinsmen'(1 Chronicles 26:12), and even the Levitical officials in Transjordan were occupied with 'the business of God and of the king' (1 Chronicles 26:32)."

    Selman, M. J. (1994). 1 Chronicles: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 10, pp. 247–248). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

    As I wrote in my comments on the previous chapter, there is a certain "prestige" in being a musician – especially a skilled one. There is also obvious attention given to those with more visible ministries. But for those serving in less-public (and ordinary) services for the Lord, the value of their service is not less than those who are in the public eye or more visual. Even ordinary tasks are extraordinary because of Who we are serving when we do them.

    You might be hard-pressed to find someone who has an out-of-control ego about their ability to clean a toilet, but those who serve in public ministries (in particular in "skilled positions"), have to be careful not to consider themselves more important than others. 

    Romans 12:3 says, "For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned."

    While this verse is not about service to the Lord, the principle still applies. As I mentioned yesterday, everything we do, we should do all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) – and that includes everything from preaching, cooking, listening, teaching and yes, even cleaning toilets!

  2. Well that's very good to hear! 

    Often times, I worry that I'm not "out there," doing the work God wants me to. I don't feel like I am making disciples, and I'm not sure I have the words and knowledge to do so. I want to know God more. 

    I feel badly that I'm not "out there" working and being a contributing member of society. Although I work hard everyday, taking care of my family, some sick and one disabled, and our home, sometimes I feel that because I'm not punching a time clock, I'm looked down upon. It hurts and frustrates me, because people don't understand how hard I work at home. 

    But I know that it doesn't matter what others think. I serve God by serving my family, and I try to always do it with love. 

    I pray that God will keep me humble, with a servant's heart, and that He helps me to walk the path that He has set for me. 

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