Think back over the material covered in Chronicles thus far: nine chapters of genealogies, a chapter-and-a-half naming David’s Mighty Men, and now five chapters of rosters of priests, Levites, musicians, and officials… Moving the Ark and discussing the Temple have provided half of the content of David’s story… And a family tree and a brief mention of David’s predecessor is the only backstory we’ve received. Pay attention to this data and discern the author’s intentions from it.
Today - after commissioning the Temple project and organizing the Levites and the Priests in yesterday’s reading – David and his chiefs coordinate the service of the musicians, gatekeepers, Temple officers and government ministers. Reading these rosters is on par with reading the genealogies: they can be difficult on the whole but contain nuggets of interest along the way. It is simply fascinating that these records were maintained for centuries. Their preservation is a reflection of the priests’ priorities, just as their record here reflects the Chronicler’s priorities.
The final chapter today covers the roster of military and tribal leaders. After a few verses it might dawn on you to ask: “Wait a second… Isn’t this just like the census that David got in trouble for?” Yes, and the text is going to note that near the end as well. Notice, though that there is an age cutoff to David’s counting, for the LORD, according to Genesis, …had promised to make Israel as many as the stars of heaven.”
Our verse for this week is Psalm 119:11: I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
1 Chronicles 25 through 27. Now let’s read it!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.