Today’s reading is: 1 Chr. 26-28
1st Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Six
- Musicians of the second rank were also gatekeepers for the coming temple (1st Chr. 15:18; 23:5).
- Levites from all 3 clans were selected as gatekeepers, and organized into their positions by lot (1st Chr. 26:1-19).
- Obed-edom is the man who hosted the Ark of the Covenant when it was en-route to Jerusalem (1st Chr. 13:14).
- 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).
- Two divisions of Levites were selected as treasurers (1st Chr. 26:20-28).
- Zetham and Joel, from the Tribe of Levi, Clan of Gershon, House of Ladan (Libni), Family of Jehiel (1st Chr. 26:20-22).
- 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).
- Additional Levitical families were selected for “outside duties” as officers and judges (1st Chr. 26:29-32). These included:
- The Family of Chenaniah, from the Tribe of Levi, Clan of Kohath, House of Izhar served as officers and judges.
- 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
- Twelve “national guard” or “reserve” military divisions were designated for monthly alert status (1st Chr. 27:1-15).
- 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).
- Dodai (Dodo), from the Tribe of Benjamin, Clan of Bela, House of Ahoah (the Ahohite), commanded the 2nd National Guard Division.
- He was the father of the second of “the Three” mighty men of David, Eleazar (1st Chr. 11:12).
- Mikloth was his Executive Officer.
- Benaiah, from the Tribe of Levi, Clan of Kohath, House of Amram, Family of Aaron commanded the 3rd NGD.
- He was one of David’s mighty men, below “the Three” but above “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:22-25).
- His son, Ammizabad, was his XO.
- Asahel, David’s nephew, from the Tribe of Judah, Clan of Perez commanded the 4th NGD.
- He was one of David’s mighty men, and the chief of “the Thirty.”
- He was followed by his son Zebadiah.
- 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).
- Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite commanded the 6th NGD. One of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:28).
- Helez the Pelonite, from the Tribe of Ephraim commanded the 7th NGD. One of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:27).
- Sibbecai the Hushathite commanded the 8th NGD.
- One of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:29).
- He killed the giant Sippai (1st Chr. 20:4).
- Abiezer the Anathothite, from the Tribe of Benjamin, commanded the 9th NGD. One of “the Thirty” (2nd Sam. 23:27).
- Maharai the Netophathite, from the Tribe of Judah, Clan of Zerah, commanded the 10th NGD. One of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:30).
- Benaiah the Pirathonite, from the Tribe of Ephraim, commanded the 11th NGD. One of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:31).
- Heldai the Netophathite of Othniel commanded the 12th NGD. One of “the Thirty” (1st Chr. 11:30).
- 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.
- These enumerations and organizations were appropriate, in keeping with faith in the LORD’s promises (1st Chr. 27:23-24).
- Twelve overseers are appointed to manage David’s personal possessions (1st Chr. 27:25-31).
- Seven final friends and advisors are mentioned, ending (reluctantly?) with Joab (1st Chr. 27:32-34).
1st Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Eight
- David assembled the national leaders of Israel, and charged them to stay the course after his physical death (1st Chr. 28:1-8).
- His message: “not my will, but Thine be done” (v.2).
- His message focused on the eternal grace of God which appointed him an eternal king (v.4).
- His message stressed the grace choice of Solomon by the LORD (vv.5,6).
- His message concluded with an appeal to remain obedient to the LORD (v.8).
- 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).
- Know the God of your father (v.9a).
- Serve him with a whole heart and a willing mind (v.9b).
- Consider your work-assignment, chosen for you by grace (v.10).
- Be strong and courageous, and act (v.20).
- You are not alone (v.21).
- David bequeathed the entire temple building project to Solomon for Solomon’s completion (1st Chr. 28:11-19).