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1 Chronicles 25

1Ch 25:1

COMMANDERS OF THE ARMY: Interestingly, the priests and Levites here are designated by a military term: they are, in effect, the "captains" ("sarim") of the LORD's "host" or army ("tsaba"). In other words they are "warring the warfare" of the Temple! Just as the whole nation of Israel was organized into the semblance of an elaborate military encampment in the wilderness, the tabernacle -- where the glory of the LORD dwelt in their midst -- was the "campaign headquarters.

This figure of speech -- of the worship and service of God being a military service -- is also prominent in the NT, where for example Paul exhorts Timothy: "I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight" (1Ti 1:18), and tells the Corinthian brethren: "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds" (2Co 10:3,4). In fact, he pictures the believer in the likeness of a Roman soldier, fully equipped and armed to fight the battle of faith (Eph 6:11-17). And thereby the deadly nature of the enterprise of the Christian life is underlined: those who follow Christ are engaged in a fight to the death against sin, both inside and outside!

THE MINISTRY OF PROPHESYING, ACCOMPANIED BY HARPS, LYRES, AND CYMBALS: Proving conclusively that music is a fit medium for teaching! This ordering of the singers must have pleased David, the sweet psalmist of Israel (2Sa 23:1). However, we should not presume that David did this just because he liked music. Rather, it was part of his service to God. Likewise, our singing should not be for our pleasure or entertainment, but to the glory of the Father.

1Ch 25:7

MUSIC FOR THE LORD: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God" (Col 3:16).

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