The book of Chronicles sure likes their list of names, and in these passages, you see a number of them.
Basically, these passages address the division of labor within the temple. And I think we can apply some of these things to our lives as well.
In chapter 23, it talks about how the job of the Levites was changed from carrying the tabernacle and tabernacle articles, to focusing solely on helping the priests in making sure everything that needed to get done got done. If I understand correctly, they did this anyway while they were in the desert, it’s just that their duties are more defined here. Some of their duties may have seemed small or insignificant. And yet they did them faithfully.
What I take from that is this: Everyone has a part in the kingdom of God. Not all of us are pastors. Not all of us are worship leaders. All of us have different gifts and talents that God has given us. And as God’s temple, as his vessel, we are to use the gifts that he has given us. Sometimes our duties may change. Sometimes are responsibilities may seem small or insignificant. But let us serve God faithfully even so.
In chapter 24, it talks about the priests. And they were to minister at the temple to the Lord and to the people at the temple. We too are priests, according to the New Testament (I Peter 2:5; Revelation 1:6). And as God’s priests, we are to minister both to God and the people around us as well.
In chapter 25, it talks about the musicians and singers. One of the way that we minister to the Lord is through our worship. It blesses God when we worship. There’s an old song that says, “As our hearts begin to worship, we’ll be blessed because we came.” But while that’s true, I like to change the words a bit. “As our hearts begin to worship, You’ll be blessed because we came.” Because that’s why we sing worship songs. Not to bless ourselves, although that happens too. But we worship to bless God. But we also can minister to others through music. In verse 3 , it says that one man named Jeduthun prophesied through music. The words that we sing can have an impact on others, speaking to their hearts, but through the music, they can also sense the presence of God himself in our worship.
In chapter 26, it talks about the gatekeepers. According to chapter 9:17-33, they had several responsibilities. Among them were guarding the gates to the temple, and making sure nothing or no one “unclean” or “impure” came in. And in the same way, we need to guard our hearts as well to make sure that nothing unclean or impure comes in. They also guarded the temple treasury from potential thieves. We too should guard our hearts from the enemy who would steal the joy and blessing we have in Christ.
And in chapter 27, although this is not exactly related to the temple, it refers to the army that protected the city the temple was in. In the same way, we are in a spiritual war in this world we reside in. And not only are we to guard against anyone trying to attack God’s kingdom, but we are to go out and attack Satan’s kingdom. Namely, we need to be going out sharing the gospel and rescuing people from Satan’s grasp.
Servants, priests, singers, gatekeepers, soldiers…and his temple. That’s what we are in Christ.