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Ambassador Baptist Church
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Pastor's Pen - May 8, 2007
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May 8, 2007

I Chronicles 22-24
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I Chronicles
Chapter 22
  1. Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.
  2. And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.
  3. And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight;
  4. Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David.
  5. And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.
  6. Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the LORD God of Israel.
  7. And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God:
  8. But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.
  9. Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.
  10. He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.
  11. Now, my son, the LORD be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the LORD thy God, as he hath said of thee.
  12. Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.
  13. Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.
  14. Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.
  15. Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work.
  16. Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee.
  17. David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,
  18. Is not the LORD your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the land is subdued before the LORD, and before his people.
  19. Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.

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I Chronicles
Chapter 23
  1. So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
  2. And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites.
  3. Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.
  4. Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges:
  5. Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.
  6. And David divided them into courses among the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
  7. Of the Gershonites were, Laadan, and Shimei.
  8. The sons of Laadan; the chief was Jehiel, and Zetham, and Joel, three.
  9. The sons of Shimei; Shelomith, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the chief of the fathers of Laadan.
  10. And the sons of Shimei were, Jahath, Zina, and Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei.
  11. And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second: but Jeush and Beriah had not many sons; therefore they were in one reckoning, according to their father's house.
  12. The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four.
  13. The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons for ever, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever.
  14. Now concerning Moses the man of God, his sons were named of the tribe of Levi.
  15. The sons of Moses were, Gershom, and Eliezer.
  16. Of the sons of Gershom, Shebuel was the chief.
  17. And the sons of Eliezer were, Rehabiah the chief. And Eliezer had none other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many.
  18. Of the sons of Izhar; Shelomith the chief.
  19. Of the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.
  20. Of the sons of Uzziel; Michah the first, and Jesiah the second.
  21. The sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi. The sons of Mahli; Eleazar, and Kish.
  22. And Eleazar died, and had no sons, but daughters: and their brethren the sons of Kish took them.
  23. The sons of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, three.
  24. These were the sons of Levi after the house of their fathers; even the chief of the fathers, as they were counted by number of names by their polls, that did the work for the service of the house of the LORD, from the age of twenty years and upward.
  25. For David said, The LORD God of Israel hath given rest unto his people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever:
  26. And also unto the Levites; they shall no more carry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the service thereof.
  27. For by the last words of David the Levites were numbered from twenty years old and above:
  28. Because their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the LORD, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and the work of the service of the house of God;
  29. Both for the shewbread, and for the fine flour for meat offering, and for the unleavened cakes, and for that which is baked in the pan, and for that which is fried, and for all manner of measure and size;
  30. And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even;
  31. And to offer all burnt sacrifices unto the LORD in the sabbaths, in the new moons, and on the set feasts, by number, according to the order commanded unto them, continually before the LORD:
  32. And that they should keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the holy place, and the charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, in the service of the house of the LORD.

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I Chronicles
Chapter 24
  1. Now these are the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
  2. But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children: therefore Eleazar and Ithamar executed the priest's office.
  3. And David distributed them, both Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, according to their offices in their service.
  4. And there were more chief men found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar; and thus were they divided. Among the sons of Eleazar there were sixteen chief men of the house of their fathers, and eight among the sons of Ithamar according to the house of their fathers.
  5. Thus were they divided by lot, one sort with another; for the governors of the sanctuary, and governors of the house of God, were of the sons of Eleazar, and of the sons of Ithamar.
  6. And Shemaiah the son of Nethaneel the scribe, one of the Levites, wrote them before the king, and the princes, and Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and before the chief of the fathers of the priests and Levites: one principal household being taken for Eleazar, and one taken for Ithamar.
  7. Now the first lot came forth to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah,
  8. The third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim,
  9. The fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin,
  10. The seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah,
  11. The ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah,
  12. The eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim,
  13. The thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,
  14. The fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer,
  15. The seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Aphses,
  16. The nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezekel,
  17. The one and twentieth to Jachin, the two and twentieth to Gamul,
  18. The three and twentieth to Delaiah, the four and twentieth to Maaziah.
  19. These were the orderings of them in their service to come into the house of the LORD, according to their manner, under Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him.
  20. And the rest of the sons of Levi were these: Of the sons of Amram; Shubael: of the sons of Shubael; Jehdeiah.
  21. Concerning Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, the first was Isshiah.
  22. Of the Izharites; Shelomoth: of the sons of Shelomoth; Jahath.
  23. And the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth.
  24. Of the sons of Uzziel; Michah: of the sons of Michah; Shamir.
  25. The brother of Michah was Isshiah: of the sons of Isshiah; Zechariah.
  26. The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi: the sons of Jaaziah; Beno.
  27. The sons of Merari by Jaaziah; Beno, and Shoham, and Zaccur, and Ibri.
  28. Of Mahli came Eleazar, who had no sons.
  29. Concerning Kish: the son of Kish was Jerahmeel.
  30. The sons also of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites after the house of their fathers.
  31. These likewise cast lots over against their brethren the sons of Aaron in the presence of David the king, and Zadok, and Ahimelech, and the chief of the fathers of the priests and Levites, even the principal fathers over against their younger brethren.

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 I Chronicles 22:5 makes the following statement:

"And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death."
The final statement concerning David's preparation gives further insight into the character that made him a great king and a great servant of the Lord.

 Death is going to come to all of us unless the Lord returns first. Therefore, each of us needs to be making preparations for our impending passing. David prepared in at least three areas, all of which are appropriate for us to notice. First of all, he prepared himself to stand before God. Hezekiah was told to set his house in order because of his imminent death ( II Kings 20:1), and each one of us must heed the same advice. David certainly was not perfect, and he committed some terrible sins. Yet in his heart he had a desire for the Lord and he trusted in Him. He was a believer, and was justified, as Abraham was, by his faith. When he chose to believe God, he made preparations for his eternal destiny. I hope that you have made the same preparation by repenting of sin and receiving Christ as your personal Savior.

 In addition to his own spiritual preparation, David also made preparations for his posterity. He knew that his son Solomon would not have the wisdom and experience that comes only with age, and thus he set out to do everything that he could before he died to make Solomon a successful king. He invested his life in his son's future. As a father of five children, I have to ask myself what I am doing to prepare them for a future without me. Quite frankly, their future without me may happen at my death, or it may take place when they marry and establish their own homes, or perhaps when God calls them to minister far from my home. I won't be dead, but my influence will certainly be limited. Have I explained to them what they need to know about the Lord? Have I instilled in them principles that will guide them to an appropriate choice for a spouse, and will enable them to find the Lord's will? Have I shown them the promises of the Word of God that contain "all things that pertain to life and godliness" ( II Peter 1:3)? Hopefully I have learned some things throughout my life on earth. I need to prepare for my death by passing them on to my children.

 Not only did David prepare for himself and for his son, he also made preparations for those that he had been given responsibility for: the children of Israel. The house of the Lord was build for God, but it was also built for the benefit of the Jewish nation. David raised money and organized workers so that the work that he had left undone could be accomplished. Not only am I a parent, but I am also a pastor. Someday I will no longer pastor my current church. I may move on, or I may pass on, but either way, they need to be prepared to function and thrive in my absence. Many a leader has built his ministry so much on himself that his departure leaves the congregation in shambles. David attempted to see to it that his responsibilities were provided for as well.

 We are all coming to some point where we will be leaving, and we will be leaving people behind when we go. Are we, and they, prepared?

Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery

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