Monday, November 03, 2008

Sons of Levi I Chronicles 23

I Chronicles 23:2 "And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites."

This chapter is primarily about the Levites and their division but the first verse lets us know that David has made Solomon king.

Levi was one of the sons of Jacob (Israel). Levi had four sons. Since Aaron is the main focus, we can trace him from Levi's son Kohath (who had four sons) to Amram who had Aaron and Moses. Aaron and descendants were given specific duties:

v13 "The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons for ever, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever."

With the sons of Aaron having these duties, it left many other Levites. These other Levites were also set aside to a duty.

v28 "Because their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the LORD, in the courts and in the chambers and in the purifying of all holy things, and the work of the service of the house of God;"

Therefore, as I understand it, Aaron's sons were to minister to before the LORD in a more spiritual manner while the other Levites were to take care of all the chores associated with that ministry, the physical part of the ministry. The sons of Aaron were not distracted by cleaning and guarding and maintenance, they were to minister to the LORD on behalf of the people.

That is not to say that any of the ministry was not spiritual but it was the sons of Aaron who went into the holy place.

v30 And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even;" was also part of the ministry of the other Levites.

Churches follow much the same pattern. The spiritual leaders of the church guide the church in spiritual manners while if the building needs painting, it ought to be the members who see to those chores, as well as helping the downcast.

Psalm 107:33 "He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; v34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein."

Keywords: David, Levi, Aaron, Moses, service, Levites. Ministry of the Levites designated by David.

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