After three chapters in Psalms we move back to 1 Chronicles to learn a bit more about the Levites.
“When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.” – 1 Chronicles 23:1
Just an FYI/reminder the reign of David is close to the end.
“David said, ‘Of these (Levites), twenty-four thousand are to be in charge of the work of the temple of the Lord and six thousand are to be officials and judges. Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the Lord with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose.’” – 1 Chronicles 23:4-5
So much for the idea of freedom. Forced into a specific job.
“These were the descendants of Levi by their families—the heads of families as they were registered under their names and counted individually, that is, the workers twenty years old or more who served in the temple of the Lord.” – 1 Chronicles 23:24
I may be missing something, but this verse in which an age of 20+ is stated, contradicts the age of 30+ mentioned in the first few verses.
“They (Levites) were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord.” – 1 Chronicles 23:30
God damn what a shit job!
This concludes 1 Chronicles 23. What did we learn? The Levites were forced to serve God and had some shit jobs. Freedom is nowhere to be found in this society.
Coming Soon: 1 Chronicles – Chapter 24: The Divisions of Priests