1 Chronicles 23: The Temple to Be Set in Order

(32 verses, 3:55 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • Before the Temple is even built, things are put into place.  David knows that he will not build the Temple; the reasons for this we learned yesterday.  But he has still done everything in his authority to prepare for the Temples construction.  Now he turns his attention to the priests within the Temple.


  • v. 1–David is old.  He knows that his days are numbered.  He sets up his son Solomon to reign along with him.
  • vs.2-5–David assembles all of the Levites from all of the tribes of Israel.  He divides them into divisions.  Here is where he lays out their specific offices.
  • vs.6-27–The sons of Levi (Gershon, Kohath, and Merari) and their lineage are described.
    • Note that Aaron and Moses come from the line of Kohath.  And that Moses’ sons and grandsons are therefore named among the tribe of Levi (v.14).
  • vs.28-32–Recounts a number of the tasks, duties, and responsibilities of the Levites.  Specifically now that the Temple is soon to be built.  (For a more complete list of Levitical duties see 9:10-33.


  • God is a God of order.  He has created every good thing in His good order: plants bearing seeds according to their kinds, animals reproducing according to their kinds.  He has created two different yet equal counterparts to the human race so that when they are brought together in His institution of marriage, the man and the woman might become one flesh and produce an offspring that truly comes from their “one-fleshness”.  God is not a God of chaos, but of order.  We see that in creation and we see that in worship.
  • The order of worship has already been established by God.  We see that most specifically in regards to the Tabernacle; and so that good order within worship continues inside the Temple.  …  And it is orderly for a purpose.  Not for the sake of orderliness, but instead the good order speaks to and helps to facilitate the proper reception of the gifts of God.  Worship is not about our praise or adoration of God (although that is all present within worship).  Instead, worship is about God giving His good gifts of Law and Gospel, forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation to us for our good and our benefit.  For David this was through the proclamation of the Torah and the sacrifices performed by the priests and Levites.  For us it is the proclamation of the Word, Baptism into the death and resurrection of Christ, and the gift of bread and wine/body and blood served at the altar, all done by a pastor who stands in the stead of Christ Himself.  …  That David takes the time to direct the Levites in such a way should come as no surprise to us; for God is a God of order.  And that is a good thing.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Rev. Eli Lietzau
Faith in Christ Lutheran Church, ABQ, NM


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