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Life sometimes seems so full of opportunities and yet people compete for stuff that really is in plenty supply to be shared. Perhaps they haven’t found their niche and get into stuff reserved for others. 

Competition. Time is a big one and we know so much competes for our time. No wonder God set aside time to be with us and us with Him. He has created Time for reminding us to be with Him,  otherwise He wouldn’t need time. Each day is sufficient,  but we need structure. Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man, meaning for each ourselves to know that: being with God is better than anything. Every moment of knowing Him better, of loving Him more and more is worth our time. We could choose this pausing in prayer and active in praise more often than just on Sabbath days, we could choose seeking Him each moment, day by day, breath by breath if we can.

Compare living in our brokenness, a hectic life full of competition, with His complete care. God IS the One who has complete time for us yet we let other distractions take that time away. Remember we are not talking being idle in prayer, but active in service. Reading of Him, yes. Living in Him, definitely!

Reading and writing about the scriptures is a calling for me, even if I can not comprehend it all. There’s more stuff in the Bible than a thousand TV seasons, and certainly more info than we could ever absorb. But that’s not to make us unsatisfied in ourselves, that’s just so we can realize we are just scratching the surface of all things Godly and clearing the distracting debris

God wants us loving Him and His people. YES, just like we say at work, it’s the people who make a difference. God says: these are MY people. Remind them.

I wonder of course “Why are there so many names in the Bible?” Thousands mentioned and wow those remembered and traced lineages are all laid out. God says these are My people. Imagine the scribes having to hand write this all for thousands of years! That’s dedication! We barely keep records of paper to trace family trees more than a few generations, and people didn’t have such resources to preserve everything. So how does Jesus, as the Word, remember all this? He has us all written on His Heart. 

King David, when he was older, traces the Levite family lines for us to see who does what jobs in serving the Lord and His House, even down to who the musicians are. The Lord “gave rest” to those living in Jerusalem and those Levites carrying the load now were assigned services in the temple. “They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening and whenever burnt offerings were presented…”

The names, wow… Jesus is the Word and wants to explain how we as people got from here to there. Not just wandering thru the desert here to there, but in service to the Lord – here AND there praising Him along the Way. 

The names (1Chronicles 23, 24, 25, 26, 27) are an exhibition to us. Exhibition not competition as God found jobs for them all. We don’t have to compete with the past or current servants, we just need to do our jobs, share the Good News along the way.  Be ready to praise. 

The Lord had promised to make Israel as numerous as the stars in the sky. And He did.

The families were treated fairly and were re-assigned in restructuring in the restoration of David’s city, God’s city: Jerusalem. The names were so important to Jesus and that the people knew their history and heritage. Then and now, Jesus knows the names, as He is the Name above every name. 

David prepped this re-order restoration when he was old and had already appointed God’s chosen, Solomon, to be king. He listened and those many times when He didn’t, and he got distracted, God corrected him and called him back. God preserved the line and lineage for the future predicted earthly entrance of the Name above all names, Jesus, from this line. 

David even spelled out an appointment order of ministering from within the family lineage of Aaron, Moses’s brother, in who would be entering the temple of the Lord, according to the regulations previously prescribed for them, as the God of Israel, had commanded him…. In this, the Lord laid out a job, a place, a purpose. We know the Lord is Lord of all and we have a place, purpose. 

Us too, even if we are more numerous than we can count, Jesus counts us, and counts on us. We have history that Jesus knows even if we don’t know everything about ourselves, let alone our heritage. 

Most importantly we have a future. The restoration of the Kingdom is not by stones but by The Rock of Jesus. His service was not just in name but in LIFE, He wrote of God’s Plan alongside living it. Jesus, One with the Father, knew everything in His created Kingdom, name by name,  moment by moment, and in Himself. 

Your name, God knows you, Jesus calls you, the Holy Spirit moves you.

Be His, He already knew you before all was begun. He knows how you fit.

You were made for a time as this. 

Give Him praise and let Him pull you away from competitions to help you be saved from those “distractions of life” into the ATTRACTION of LIFE IN HIM.

Amen 

When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon king over Israel. David also gathered together all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites. The Levites thirty years old or more were counted, and the total number of men was thirty-eight thousand. David said, “Of these, 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.”

David separated the Levites into divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

For David had said, “Since the Lord, the God of Israel, has granted rest to his people and has come to dwell in Jerusalem forever, the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the articles used in its service.” According to the last instructions of David, the Levites were counted from those twenty years old or more.

The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the temple of the Lord: to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God. They were in charge of the bread set out on the table, the special flour for the grain offerings, the thin loaves made without yeast, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size. They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening and whenever burnt offerings were presented to the Lord on the Sabbaths, at the New Moon feasts and at the appointed festivals.They were to serve before the Lord regularly in the proper number and in the way prescribed for them.

And so the Levites carried out their responsibilities for the tent of meeting, for the Holy Place and, under their relatives the descendants of Aaron, for the service of the temple of the Lord.

From 1 Chronicles 23-27

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