“All these which were chosen to be porters in the gates were two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set office” (1 Chronicles 9:22).TEXT — 1 Chronicles 9:14-22
It is not uncommon to see people live in a compound or community where they are unknown or noted for nothing positive. In the spiritual realm, some people are complacent, detached and unavailable for any contribution. They make themselves non-existent even though they are physically available. God takes the record daily and will require it at the end of time.
Today’s passage is filled with a list of individuals and families that were assigned divine tasks with a detailed record of their faithfulness. A very exciting feature is where father and sons were addicted to God’s work as in the case of the Korahites. Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the priest took after his father as he was also a ruler and the Lord was with him. All listed officials “were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages” and remained as were ordained by King David and Prophet Samuel.
There are salient lessons from this record. First, the people made themselves available for God’s service. Second, each remained faithful and dutiful in his assignment. Third, whole families were involved in certain instances. Fourth, they remained faithful even when David and Samuel who appointed them were no more available.
The situation in the society and in the church today is different. Some people prefer their children to be prominent in secular areas of life. Parents are not only lethargic in God’s work but also tacitly shield their children from being involved. Christ sees and takes record, and He would reward everyone according as his work shall be on the day of reckoning.
Thought for the day
What will you be remembered for?
- in one year
- 2 SAMUEL 13 – 14