1 Chronicles 23 & 24: Solomon His Son
Verse of the Day: (23:1) So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
1. Son (23:1-11)
And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. (23:2)
We are not indispensable, as one day, we shall die, and God shall judge us for our belief, and for everything we have done on this earth. (Hebrews 9:27-28) David chose Solomon, one of his sons, as God had not only named him as his successor but also the one who shall build His house. (1 Chronicles 22:9-10) David then gathered all his people throughout Israel, and announced his successor so that they shall fully support and pray for him. Indeed, let us prepare and pray for our successor, especially our children, that they shall be trained and guided to trust and obey God in their lifetime. (Proverbs 22:1-6)
2. Sanctify (23:12-32)
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. (23:13)
God impressed upon David’s heart to specially prepare the sons of Amram, namely, Aaron and Moses, from the tribe of Levi, as they were instrumental in the spiritual training and development of the people of Israel. God had chosen and separated Aaron and his descendants to be His priests to minister at His sanctuary, and Moses, whom God called him as His man, and his descendants, shall assist Aaron and his priests at His sanctuary. These priests assisted by the Levites shall prepare the showbread, the fine flour for meat offering and the unleavened cakes, and offer all burnt sacrifices during the sabbaths, new moons and set feasts, and standing, thanking and praising Him every morning and evening. Indeed, all who believe in God must be sanctified and separated for His service before we can truly worship and serve Him in His holiness. (1 Peter 1:13-16)
3. Service (24:1-31)
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. (24:3)
God commanded David to organise the tribe of Levi, and in particular, Aaron and his descendants or the priests, in an orderly manner of service so that they shall bring glory to His name. God reminded Israel of how He struck Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, dead as they had offered strange fire before Him and thus defiled His sanctuary. (Leviticus 10:1-7) Indeed, let us serve God decently because He is the God of peace, and everything must be done according to His way and for His glory. (1 Corinthians 14:33-40)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to prepare and pray for my successor for Your glory.