1 Chronicles 23-25: As Each Does Its Work
July 10, 2020
TODAY'S BIBLE READING:
1 Chronicles 23-25, Psalm 135, Luke 9:28-36, 1 Thessalonians 1
David, now “old and full of days,” suggesting a sense of fulfillment as well as agedness, makes Solomon his son king in his place (23:1). The chronicler passes over the courtly intrigue that was necessary to establish Solomon in that role, and instead focuses on how David has organized the systems and processes to be in place for his son before David died. Everything is meticulous and careful, and is communicated to all the leaders and the Levites (1 Chron. 23) and priests (1 Chron. 24), as well as the musicians (1 Chron. 25). David masterminds his succession and manages to complete his task as servant of the LORD and king of Israel in an exemplary fashion, and position his successor for success.
While we have all heard of David, these many names and their many responsibilities delegated and passed out are less well-known to us—but not to God. They seem less significant to us—but not to God. Each task, each volunteer, each staff member, fulfills a crucial role in the witness and worship of God. Whether we are given the huge responsibility of a king, or the apparently lesser responsibility of a volunteer as one part of a larger organization, this list of names and responsibilities is intended to communicate to us all—kings, musicians, ministers, leaders—that each person’s role is important and necessary and the whole cannot be achieved without a harmonious “working together” of every part of the body, as each does its work (Eph. 4:16).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life and John 1-12 For You.
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