David Recruits Leaders to Build The Temple

In football they have a huddle, the goal of the huddle is to give you thirty seconds to call the play. The people in the stands understand that you have to get organized, you have to know where you are going to go and what you are going to do. A huddle is a necessary part of play … More


David was about 70 years of age when Solomon, his son, was made king (v. l). The details for this succession to the throne are given in l Kings l:11-40. Another census was taken and the total number of Levites from the age of thirty years and upward (v. 3) was 38 thousand. The difference in this census from the previous one, that was severely condemned, was that it only counted the Levites. These were the ones who were set apart to serve God and was used to organize the work in the temple. This census was not based on pride or self-sufficiency as the previous one, of fighting men.

Although David couldn’t build the temple, he could make preparations and took the job very seriously. He not only gathered funds and material but he also planned much of the administration and arranged the worship services. The next five chapters demonstrate the importance of organization and how it is essential for smooth and effective service.

This vast organization is placed in four categories:

 l. 24,000 sanctuary staff

2. 6,000 officers and judges

3. 4,000 gatekeepers

4. 4,000 musicians (vv. 3-5)


God says we are to do things decently and in order so I want to serve Him in an organized way.

I Chronicles 23:1-23 (English Standard Version)

When David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel. David assembled all the leaders of Israel and the priests and the Levites. The Levites, thirty years old and upward, were numbered, and the total was 38,000 men. "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, 4,000 gatekeepers, and 4,000 shall offer praises to the LORD with the instruments that I have made for praise." And David organized them in divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. The sons of Gershon were Ladan and Shimei. The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, and Zetham, and Joel, three. The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of the fathers' houses of Ladan. And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina, and Jeush and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei. Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second; but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons, therefore they became counted as a single father's house. The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four. The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart to dedicate the most holy things, that he and his sons forever should make offerings before the LORD and minister to him and pronounce blessings in his name forever. But the sons of Moses the man of God were named among the tribe of Levi. The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer. The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the chief. The sons of Eliezer: Rehabiah the chief. Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very many. The sons of Izhar: Shelomith the chief. The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth. The sons of Uzziel: Micah the chief and Isshiah the second. The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish. Eleazar died having no sons, but only daughters; their kinsmen, the sons of Kish, married them. The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth, three.

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