Sunday, April 27, 2008

Descendants of Levi

April 27: 1 Chronicles 6

31 These are the men whom David put in charge of the service of song in the house of the Lord after the ark rested there. 32 They ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting until Solomon built the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, and they performed their service according to their order. 33 33 These are the men who served and their sons. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman the singer the son of Joel, son of Samuel, 34 son of Elkanah . . .

48 And their brothers the Levites were appointed for all the service of the tabernacle of the house of God.

49 But Aaron and his sons made offerings on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense for all the work of the Most Holy Place, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded. 50 These are the sons of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua his son, 51 Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son, 52 Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son, 53 Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.
Chronicles 6:31-34a & 48-53

Descendants of Levi

The entire chapter of 1 Chronicles 6 is dedicated to the descendants of Levi. There are several names, especially in the beginning verses when the sons of Aaron and his descendants are listed. As you read through the list, you will see some of the priests mentioned during David's reign.

I found it interesting to note that Samuel descended from the line of Kohath, the son of Levi.

These are the men whom David put in charge of the service of song in the house of the Lord after the ark rested there. They ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting until Solomon built the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, and they performed their service according to their order.

Samuel, then, was not of the line of the priests, but rather a Levite of the line of Kohath, who were those in charge of the ministry of song. Is the ministry of song important in our churches? It is so important that the descendants of one of the sons of Levi were given this responsibility.

I also noted, that not all names are listed in the genealogy; for example, I did not see the name of Eli.

Why God chose the names He did, while excluding others is not known, but this is also true of other genealogies listed in the Bible. That is why there sometimes appears to be a discrepancy between one list and another.

What about your genealogy? As you look back upon your ancestors, do you see a solid line of believers? That would be rare, indeed. Just as we see in the history of the Israelites the tendency to be close to the Lord and then fall away, we will probably see the same characteristics in our own genealogies.

What an amazing God we have! If you, like me, have children who are not following the Lord, there are two things I would offer in encouragement. First of all, never cease to pray for them; we can not see into the future, only God knows what lies ahead. Secondly, if they never come to the Lord, that does not mean that their descendants will all be unbelievers.

We are told in Matthew 5:16, Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

As we give glory to God, it is He that will give the increase.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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