(32 verses, 3:10 to read)
MARK and LEARN
The first part of chapter 26 describes the assignments given to some of the sons of Levi as gatekeepers, as the Levites were the priestly family given to the service of the tabernacles and later the Temple. These gatekeepers were chosen by lot to serve, much like the priests.
The gatekeepers were stationed at the four cardinal gates of the temple, north, south, east, and west. At each of these gates as many as six men would be in charge of keeping watch lest any unclean person or animal should come near to the holy Temple of the Lord. Their duties likely also involved protecting worshipers as they came up to the House of the Lord.
The second part of the chapter describes those in charge of the temple treasury and those appointed to be judges of the people. The family of Gershom, (the son of Moses) was appointed to oversee the vast treasury of the temple, which was dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of the building and the ministries done there. The treasury contained the spoils of war which David had secured in battle, and likely also contained the manuscripts and records, akin to an archive.
Judges and officers were also appointed by ability to serve the lands around Jerusalem, thus securing justice all across David’s vast kingdom.
Interestingly, all those mentioned in this chapter are Levites by birth, meaning that they were all entrusted with God’s word and work. It was fitting that those entrusted with the protection of the temple, the administration of the finances, and the administration of justice in the land would be versed in God’s law.
Lord God, I would rather be a door keeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Help me to realize that your word touches all aspects of my life, that your will should govern my every vocation, in order that I would be secure in all my ways and that in all things you would be glorified. Amen.