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Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 25:1-31. Let’s go!
1 Chronicles 25:1 (NIV)
1 David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:
On verse 1: What is the ministry of prophesying? People often think of prophesying as telling the future. But prophesying in the Bible has a broader meaning and purpose. Prophesying is the ability to sense when the Holy Spirit is giving a message to strengthen, encourage and comfort other people and to communicate that message effectively. Sometimes that message may speak about future events. Sometimes that message may speak about how God sees a person or situation in the present. The fact that the Chronicler gives attention to the ministry of prophesying shows that prophesying had an important place in the Israelites’ worship of the Lord.
Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 24:1-31. Let’s go!
1 Chronicles 24:3 (NIV)
3 With the help of Zadok a descendant of Eleazar and Ahimelech a descendant of Ithamar, David separated them into divisions for their appointed order of ministering.
1 Chronicles 24:19 (NIV)
19 This was their appointed order of ministering when they entered the temple of the LORD, according to the regulations prescribed for them by their forefather Aaron, as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded him.
On verses 1-19: Here we are given a list of the names of the priests and their families who led the Israelites in worship. The priests were divided into 24 teams and each team was to serve two weeks per year. During the remainder of the year the members of that team would be serving the community and teaching God’s Word.
16 十一個門徒往加利利去，到了耶穌約定的山上。 17 他們見了耶穌就拜他，然而還有人疑惑。 18 耶穌進前來，對他們說：「天上地下所有的權柄都賜給我了。 19 所以你們要去，使萬民做我的門徒，奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗， 20 凡我所吩咐你們的，都教訓他們遵守。我就常與你們同在，直到世界的末了。」
Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 23:1-32. Let’s go! The Role of a Lifetime (Plus, 4 Characteristics of Great Servants of God)
1 Chronicles 23:1-5 (NIV)
1 When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.
2 He also gathered together all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites.
3 The Levites thirty years old or more were counted, and the total number of men was thirty-eight thousand.
4 David said, “Of these, twenty-four thousand are to supervise the work of the temple of the LORD and six thousand are to be officials and judges.
5 Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the LORD with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose.”
On verses 1-24: David was known for many things and wore many hats during his lifetime: he was a shepherd, a soldier, a military commander, and a king. But at his core, David was a worshiper who loved to worship God. While his other roles would come and go, it is this role as a worshiper that David would carry with him throughout his lifetime. When David was younger, his passion to worship God was evident in all the worship songs he wrote.
11 她們去的時候，看守的兵有幾個進城去，將所經歷的事都報給祭司長。 12 祭司長和長老聚集商議，就拿許多銀錢給兵丁，說： 13 「你們要這樣說：『夜間我們睡覺的時候，他的門徒來把他偷去了。』 14 倘若這話被巡撫聽見，有我們勸他，保你們無事。」 15 兵丁受了銀錢，就照所囑咐他們的去行。這話就傳說在猶太人中間，直到今日。
馬可16:10 她去告訴那向來跟隨耶穌的人，那時他們正哀慟哭泣。 11 他們聽見耶穌活了，被馬利亞看見，卻是不信。
路加24:10-12 那告訴使徒的就是抹大拉的馬利亞和約亞拿，並雅各的母親馬利亞，還有與她們在一處的婦女。11 她們這些話使徒以為是胡言，就不相信。 彼得起來，跑到墳墓前，低頭往裡看，見細麻布獨在一處，就回去了，心裡稀奇所成的事。
Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 22:2-19. Let’s go!
1 Chronicles 22:2-4 (NIV)
2 So David gave orders to assemble the aliens living in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.
3 He provided a large amount of iron to make nails for the doors of the gateways and for the fittings, and more bronze than could be weighed.
4 He also provided more cedar logs than could be counted, for the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought large numbers of them to David.
On verses 2-4: Here we see King David making preparations for the building of the temple. As part of this, King David appoints some of the aliens (i.e. foreigners) living in Israel to be stonecutters and to prepare dressed stones for building the temple.
Likewise, in the same chapter where Peter calls us royal priests and stones that God is using to build His house, we are also called “aliens and strangers in the world” (1 Peter 2:11). The kind of people Jesus uses to build His church are “the aliens” among us – i.e. those of us who don’t live as if earth is our final home, but who realize that our real home is in heaven and that we are but strangers in this world, living for a kingdom that is not of this world. When you have the mindset that heaven is our home, you won’t get too attached to the material things of this world, and as such you can more easily be used by the Lord to build His church.
Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 21:18-22:1. Let’s go!
1 Chronicles 21:18-19 (NIV)
18 Then the angel of the LORD ordered Gad to tell David to go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
19 So David went up in obedience to the word that Gad had spoken in the name of the LORD.
On verses 18-19: After having allowed David and all of Israel to suffer a great plague because of David’s sin, here the Lord sends Gad the prophet with a message for David. Gad tells David to build an altar at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the very place where God would command the plague to stop (see verses 15 and 27). The fact that God would take the initiative to tell David to build an altar suggests to me an important lesson: God is just as intentional about restoring a sinner as He is about disciplining them. This is a good lesson for parents. When our kids go astray, it is important to discipline them, but after the discipline remember to reassure them of your love and to reaffirm the relationship.
1 Chronicles 21:20-21 (NIV)
20 While Araunah was threshing wheat, he turned and saw the angel; his four sons who were with him hid themselves.
21 Then David approached, and when Araunah looked and saw him, he left the threshing floor and bowed down before David with his face to the ground.