Daily reading

Today’s reading is: 1 Chr. 26-28

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1st Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Six

  1. Musicians of the second rank were also gatekeepers for the coming temple (1st Chr. 15:18; 23:5).
  2. Levites from all 3 clans were selected as gatekeepers, and organized into their positions by lot (1st Chr. 26:1-19).
    1. Obed-edom is the man who hosted the Ark of the Covenant when it was en-route to Jerusalem (1st Chr. 13:14).
    2. The Parbar is uncertain (v.18).  It appears to be a small building located behind the temple, and may be related to the western building of Ezekiel’s temple (Ezek. 41:12).
  3. Two divisions of Levites were selected as treasurers (1st Chr. 26:20-28).
    1. Zetham and Joel, from the Tribe of Levi, Clan of Gershon, House of Ladan (Libni), Family of Jehiel (1st Chr. 26:20-22).
    2. Shebuel & Shelomoth, from the Tribe of Levi, Clan of Amram, House of Moses, Family of Gershom (Shebuel) & Family of Eliezer (Shelomoth) (1st Chr. 26:23-28).
  4. Additional Levitical families were selected for “outside duties” as officers and judges (1st Chr. 26:29-32).  These included:
    1. The Family of Chenaniah, from the Tribe of Levi, Clan of Kohath, House of Izhar served as officers and judges.
    2. Hashabiah & Jerijah, from the Tribe of Levi, Clan of Kohath, House of Hebron served as spiritual overseers over the Canaanite and Transjordan portions of Israel.

1st Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Seven

  1. Twelve “national guard” or “reserve” military divisions were designated for monthly alert status (1st Chr. 27:1-15).
    1. Jashobeam, from the Tribe of Judah, Clan of Perez, commanded the 1st National Guard Division.  He was the first of “the Three” mighty men of David (1st Chr. 11:11).
    2. Dodai (Dodo), from the Tribe of Benjamin, Clan of Bela, House of Ahoah (the Ahohite), commanded the 2nd National Guard Division.
      1. He was the father of the second of “the Three” mighty men of David, Eleazar (1st Chr. 11:12).
      2. Mikloth was his Executive Officer.
    3. Benaiah, from the Tribe of Levi, Clan of Kohath, House of Amram, Family of Aaron commanded the 3rd NGD.
      1. He was one of David’s mighty men, below “the Three” but above “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:22-25).
      2. His son, Ammizabad, was his XO.
    4. Asahel, David’s nephew, from the Tribe of Judah, Clan of Perez commanded the 4th NGD.
      1. He was one of David’s mighty men, and the chief of “the Thirty.”
      2. He was followed by his son Zebadiah.
    5. Shamhuth, from the Tribe of Judah, Clan of Zerah commanded the 5th NGD.  Likely the same as Shammoth the Harorite, one of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:27).
    6. Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite commanded the 6th NGD.  One of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:28).
    7. Helez the Pelonite, from the Tribe of Ephraim commanded the 7th NGD.  One of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:27).
    8. Sibbecai the Hushathite commanded the 8th NGD.
      1. One of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:29).
      2. He killed the giant Sippai (1st Chr. 20:4).
    9. Abiezer the Anathothite, from the Tribe of Benjamin, commanded the 9th NGD.  One of “the Thirty” (2nd Sam. 23:27).
    10. Maharai the Netophathite, from the Tribe of Judah, Clan of Zerah, commanded the 10th NGD.  One of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:30).
    11. Benaiah the Pirathonite, from the Tribe of Ephraim, commanded the 11th NGD.  One of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:31).
    12. Heldai the Netophathite of Othniel commanded the 12th NGD.  One of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:30).
  2. Twelve princes are designated as Tribal leaders responsible for additional civil and military responsibilities under David’s federal headship (1st Chr. 27:16-22).  Gad & Asher are omitted from this list.
  3. These enumerations and organizations were appropriate, in keeping with faith in the LORD’s promises (1st Chr. 27:23-24).
  4. Twelve overseers are appointed to manage David’s personal possessions (1st Chr. 27:25-31).
  5. Seven final friends and advisors are mentioned, ending (reluctantly?) with Joab (1st Chr. 27:32-34).

1st Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Eight

  1. David assembled the national leaders of Israel, and charged them to stay the course after his physical death (1st Chr. 28:1-8).
    1. His message: “not my will, but Thine be done” (v.2).
    2. His message focused on the eternal grace of God which appointed him an eternal king (v.4).
    3. His message stressed the grace choice of Solomon by the LORD (vv.5,6).
    4. His message concluded with an appeal to remain obedient to the LORD (v.8).
  2. David publicly charged Solomon to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1st Chr. 28:9-10,20-21).
    1. Know the God of your father (v.9a).
    2. Serve him with a whole heart and a willing mind (v.9b).
    3. Consider your work-assignment, chosen for you by grace (v.10).
    4. Be strong and courageous, and act (v.20).
    5. You are not alone (v.21).
  3. David bequeathed the entire temple building project to Solomon for Solomon’s completion (1st Chr. 28:11-19).