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1 Chronicles 6

1 Chronicles 6 begins with a list of the history of the tribe of Levi.  The entire tribe of Levi had a special place in Israel, given over to the service of God generally. Within the tribe of Levi was a special priestly family descended from Aaron. All priests were therefore Levites, but not all Levites were priests.   There is some feeling that the genealogy of Levi is given here with more detail than that of any of the other tribes. This may be because the author was a priest himself.

Verse 31 begins a list of the musicians for the House of the LORD. “These are the men whom David put in charge of the service of song in the house of the Lord….they ministered with song.” The fact that David appointed these men over the service of song shows that the musical worship of God is important, it is worthy of attention, and should be organized.  Far too often we don’t treat music as important in our worship as we should.  It is an important part of how we relate to our God.

Verse 49 begins a list of Aaron and his descendants.  The priesthood descended from Aaron and Aaron only. He, his sons, and their descendants were the only ones authorized to offer sacrifices on the altar.  Note that absent from this list are the two disobedient sons of Aaron (Nadab and Abihu) who were judged for bringing a strange fire of corrupt worship to the altar.  We read about them in Leviticus 10 but they are not mentioned here.

The rest of the book addresses the cities and common-lands of the Levites.  Over and over during these verses the cities are not only addressed, but along with them is included their “pasturelands”.  In almost every case, as a city is listed, it includes mention of the pastures around it.  Remember that the tribe of Levi itself had no land dedicated to itself as the other tribes did. Their inheritance was the LORD Himself and the tithes that the people of God brought to them.

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