• William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 2, 2021

Daily Reading: I Chronicles 6

I Chronicles 6:1 The sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

Eighty-one verses of pure excitement! Well, perhaps not. More like eighty-one verse of names and locations. Boring? Perhaps. Important? Yes, vitally! Remember, this information was compiled after the captivity of Israel. The Israelites were free to return to their own land and free to worship according to the law of Moses (as given to him by the Lord God). Therefore the geographical boundaries of the various families were important. Not secondarily, and perhaps primarily, the genealogy of the tribe of Levi was extremely important. To resume Temple worship, priests were needed. Not just any priests either. Not like the priests Jeroboam set up, which were the lowest of the people and not of the tribe of Levi. Priests were needed that had the proper bloodline as true Levites.

This chapter is also important for other reasons today. Actually the entire book of I Chronicles up to this point is a key portion of Scripture for preachers, teachers, and biblical scholars of all generations. It is a repository of information that helps us keep straight who is who. While it is true that the casual reader may find this data superfluous, it is not. Not to those that choose to obey II Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Preachers are to trumpet the truth of God's Holy Word, and His Word contains stories of people of all ages and generations; to know who is who gives the preacher golden nuggets to share that others overlook. Also, to get the wrong person in the wrong place or time is embarrassing and causes lack of confidence and boldness for any preacher.

As an example, one time I somehow put Noah in the whale's belly! Worse yet, I didn't know how to get him out! Wrong person, wrong time, wrong story, wrong everything. I just shut down the message and went home and washed out my mouth with ice cream. Over the 50 years of being in church and after hearing many preachers, I can tell you with certainty, there is a difference between those who study these boring (so called) passages of Scripture and those who do not. Yet, those who study less seem to be the ones folks like to hear the most. Go figure.

Well I better end this devotion here before I get in trouble so...

Until tomorrow, study for Christ today.

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