Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Vision in the Temple
They divided them impartially by casting lots, for there were officials of the sanctuary and officials of God among the descendants of both Eleazar and Ithamar. (5)
Biblical scholars consider the chronicler’s history as sacred history that describes the action of living God in the affairs of humanity. They were more interested in Davidic religious and cultic influences than political power. In the given text, according to the Torah, David upheld the Aaronic priesthood and divided the priestly families into twenty four groups, and they worked on a rotational basis. The Levites were also divided with multiple responsibilities in the temple.
Everyone get a role and space in the system
There was an overabundance of priests and had the tendency to concentrate power on certain families. It was settled by casting of lots. When God determined their lot there could be no room for strife. This might be one of the earliest forms of conflict resolution models. Both the younger and the elder had their place by lot. Here the principle of fair sharing is endorsed so no one overburdened or no one neglected, the gifts of others may also be developed. So this working arrangement became a divine order and it was sharply observed for a long time in Israel's history. Equality of opportunity and its proper execution are very essential for any operating system and its success.
Diversity of function and unity of community
In order to fulfill the temple functions, singers and gatekeepers were also appointed with priests and Levites. The sons of Aaron worked in the temple while the Levites assisted them in morning and evening and they offered praise and thanks (I Chro:29:32). The musicians were the descendants of Asaph, had sung spiritual songs with lyres, harp and cymbals.in a worshipping context each service is important with proper commitment, devotion and faith in Jesus. It disciplines worshippers and create disciples .In continuation with this tradition, Zechariah was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of Lord to burn incense (Luke 1:9) according to the practice of priestly service. Today are we believe and adhere these rules in our worship? Are we enthusiastic about our given roles in the church?
Thought for the day: Disciplined worships creates true disciples for Christ.
Prayer: Help us to worship you with truth and righteousness as Jesus taught us. Amen.
Rev. Sam. T. Panicker, Carmel MTC, Boston