Today’s reading is: 1 Chr. 23-25
1st Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Three
- David crowned Solomon as reigning King during the final days of David’s life (1st Chr. 23:1; 1st Kgs. 1:1-40).
- David’s final act of sovereignty was to organize the priests and Levites for their upcoming temple service.
- The Levites were numbered from 30 years of age and upward (1st Chr. 23:3). David revised the minimum age of service down to 20 years of age and upward (1st Chr. 23:24-27).
- David divided the Levites into temple workers, officers & judges, gatekeepers, and musicians (1st Chr. 23:4-5).
- The specific Levitical families are listed according to their clans (1st Chr. 23:6-23).
- The Levitical responsibilities are outlined (1st Chr. 23:28-32).
1st Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Four
- As he had done with the other Levitical clans (1st Chr. 23), David arranged the Aaronic priesthood into an organized structure (1st Chr. 24).
- The Tribe of Levi, Clan of Kohath, House of Amram, Family of Aaron was divided into 24 divisions in two primary lines (1st Chr. 24:1-6).
- The Line of Eleazar (16 divisions). Zadok assisted David in the division of the Line of Eleazar.
- The Line of Ithamar (8 divisions). Ahimelech assisted David in the division of the Line of Ithamar.
- Nadab & Abihu died without sons, and without any Levirate marriages to preserve their lines (v.2).
- The 24 divisions are outlined, and their sequence was determined by lot (1st Chr. 24:7-19). Zechariah ministered in the temple during the appointed time of Abijah (1st Chr. 24:10; Luke 1:5-10).
- Additional organization was made concerning the Levites (1st Chr. 24:20-31).
1st Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Five
- David organized the Levitical musicians into twenty-four orders as well (1st Chr. 25:1-31).
- The sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun (Ethan) (1st Chr. 15:16-17) were the Levitical musicians for Israel (1st Chr. 25:1).
- These musicians provided appropriate worship before the LORD.
- These musicians delivered prophetic messages to the people.
- The four Asaph divisions, six Jeduthun divisions, and seventeen Heman divisions totaled 288 musicians under the direction of the King.
- Their order of service was also determined by lot (1st Chr. 25:8-31).