Duties of The Musicians

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Service

David and the temple officials chose the descendants of Aspaph, Jeduthun and Hermon to be in charge of music (v. 1) and they took their orders directly from the king. They were to praise the Lord by playing cymbals, harps and other stringed instruments. The following is a list of musicians and their duties as families:

1. Asaph’s four sons played music whenever the king told them to. (v. 2)

2. Jeduthun’s six sons played harps and sang praises to the Lord. (v. 3)

3. Herman’s 14 sons and 3 daughters played instruments during times of worship (vv. 4-6)

All of these were skilled musicians and David assigned them their duties by asking the Lord what He wanted them to do.(vv. 7-8). The musicians were divided into 24 groups of 12, and each group went by the name of their family leader (vv. 9-31).

Application

Music has never been a strong suit of mine. I have always said that I can’t carry a tune in a basket and don’t know how to rest a note of music. However, I can see how music and musical instrument were and important part of temple worship and does play an important part in any Church. This portion of Scripture certainly supports ths fact that music in very important in the life and effectiveness of any local church.

I Chronicles 25:1-31 (English Standard Version)

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. The list of those who did the work and of their duties was: Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah, sons of Asaph, under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied under the direction of the king. Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with the lyre in thanksgiving and praise to the LORD. Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. All these were the sons of Heman the king's seer, according to the promise of God to exalt him, for God had given Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. They were all under the direction of their father in the music in the house of the LORD with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king. The number of them along with their brothers, who were trained in singing to the LORD, all who were skillful, was 288. And they cast lots for their duties, small and great, teacher and pupil alike. The first lot fell for Asaph to Joseph; the second to Gedaliah, to him and his brothers and his sons, twelve; the third to Zaccur, his sons and his brothers, twelve; the fourth to Izri, his sons and his brothers, twelve; the fifth to Nethaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; the sixth to Bukkiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; the seventh to Jesharelah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; the eighth to Jeshaiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; the ninth to Mattaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; the tenth to Shimei, his sons and his brothers, twelve; the eleventh to Azarel, his sons and his brothers, twelve; the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; to the thirteenth, Shubael, his sons and his brothers, twelve; to the fourteenth, Mattithiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; to the fifteenth, to Jeremoth, his sons and his brothers, twelve; to the sixteenth, to Hananiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; to the seventeenth, to Joshbekashah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; to the eighteenth, to Hanani, his sons and his brothers, twelve; to the nineteenth, to Mallothi, his sons and his brothers, twelve; to the twentieth, to Eliathah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; to the twenty- first, to Hothir, his sons and his brothers, twelve; to the twenty- second, to Giddalti, his sons and his brothers, twelve; to the twenty- third, to Mahazioth, his sons and his brothers, twelve; to the twenty- fourth, to Romamti-ezer, his sons and his brothers, twelve.

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