Sunday, May 25, 2008

Set Your House in Order

May 25: 1 Chronicles 23-25

1 When David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
2 David assembled all the leaders of Israel and the priests and the Levites. 3 The Levites, thirty years old and upward, were numbered, and the total was 38,000 men. 4 “Twenty-four thousand of these,” David said, “shall have charge of the work in the house of the Lord, 6,000 shall be officers and judges, 5 4,000 gatekeepers, and 4,000 shall offer praises to the Lord with the instruments that I have made for praise.” 6 And David organized them in divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

1 Chronicles 23:1-6

1 The divisions of the sons of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 2 But Nadab and Abihu died before their father and had no children, so Eleazar and Ithamar became the priests. 3 With the help of Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, David organized them according to the appointed duties in their service. 4 Since more chief men were found among the sons of Eleazar than among the sons of Ithamar, they organized them under sixteen heads of fathers' houses of the sons of Eleazar, and eight of the sons of Ithamar. 5 They divided them by lot, all alike, for there were sacred officers and officers of God among both the sons of Eleazar and the sons of Ithamar. 6 And the scribe Shemaiah, the son of Nethanel, a Levite, recorded them in the presence of the king and the princes and Zadok the priest and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar and the heads of the fathers' houses of the priests and of the Levites, one father's house being chosen for Eleazar and one chosen for Ithamar.
1 Chronicles 24:1-6

1 David and the chiefs of the service also set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who prophesied with lyres, with harps, and with cymbals. 1Chronicles 25:1

Set Your House in Order

Set your house in order. Those are chilling words when they come from the mouth of your doctor. When my sister had cancer, those were the words the doctor spoke to her. Doctors do not like to give a time when you have a fatal disease, but he told her, "You only have a little time. I am speaking of months, not years, and only a few months."

I knew the doctor was wrong; my sister was a Godly woman--my soul mate. She, however, knew that he was right, and did exactly as he recommended; she set her house in order. As a widow, she had no one to fall back on except her siblings. What an amazing testimony she left with us; she made and paid for all of her funeral arrangements, and even spoke with her pastor about what she wanted him to say at her funeral. She was not afraid of death because she knew she would be with the Lord.

We find David in a similar position; he knew he only had a short time to live, so he set his house in order. First, he made Solomon king in his place, and then he readied everything for the temple Solomon would build. He had already brought in supplies for the building of the temple, and now, in today's reading, we find that he organized the service that the Levites were to perform--down to the very last man.

You can not have read the passages we have read from 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, and the Psalms without gaining an amazing appreciation of who David was. Even at the end of his life, he was looking toward the future.

What is the message in this for us? Life does not end when we die! What will you leave behind? Will your testimony be one of faithful service to the Lord, with "children of the faith" left behind to carry on your work after you are gone.

Take some time today to meditate on that thought. There is a bigger scope of reference in this world than just our life; we are just a minute part of God's eternal plan. Pray today that God would give you grace to set your house in order. Think beyond the circumstances of your life and look to the eternal values which, by the grace of God, you will pass on to those who remain on this earth.

God Bless You,

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

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