1 Chronicles 25-27
These chapter record the family divisions and the work of (a) the 4000 choristers mentioned in 23:5 (see chapter 25), (b) the 4000 doorkeepers (26:1-19) and (c) the 6000 officers and judges (26; 20-32).All these were Levites. Chapter 27 records the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the monthly divisions, and the chief officers of state.
- Who were the three chief leaders of praise? See 25:1; also 6:33, 39, 44; 15:16, 17. Why is their ministry of praise called ‘prophesying’? Cf. Eph. 5:18, 19.
- Amidst the many differences of function and service described in these chapters, notice the way in which al contribute to the worship and honour of the Lord. What developments of this lesson do you find in the teaching about Christian service in Eph. 4:1-7, 11, 12; 1 Cor. 12:18-21?
- 25:3. ‘Jeduthun’: elsewhere called ‘Ethan’. See 6:44; 15:17, 19.
- 26:29. ‘Officials and judges’: the officials collected the tithes and other revenue and the judges gave judgment in matters of law.
1 Chronicles 28
When David had done all he could in his private and personal capacity in preparation for the building of the temple, he summoned an assembly of the leaders in all departments of the nation’s life to commend the scheme to them, and, as the next chapter shows, was greatly gratified by their response.
- ‘I had it in my heart to… But God said to me, “You are not”’ (verses 2 and 3). Have you had a similar experience in your service of God? How does David bring out that God’s plan was far better?
- There are two charges to Solomon in this passage. See verses 9, 10 and 20, 21. Considering them together: (a) what was to be Solomon’s first duty, (b) what was the character of the God with whom he had to do, (c) what were the two grounds of his confidence, and (d) what was consequently to be the manner and spirit of his service? What lessons do you find in this for your life
Note. Verse 19. Note the distinct claim here made that the pattern of the temple and of its service was given to David by revelation.
- Study verses 1-9 as a lesson in giving to Lord. What did David ask of the people, and on what grounds? What characteristics of their giving are specially emphasized? Cf. 2 Cor. 8:3-5; 9:7. Is our giving of similar quality?
- Consider in David’s prayer (verses 10-19): (a) what he says of God, (b) what he says of man and of his own attitude of heart, and (c) what he prayed for. Seek to learn how to enrich and enlarge your own praying.