Here we are again, back with another adventure in Blogging Through the Bible with my dear sisters from Titus Women’s Gathering. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that we’ve already come a good way, and we’re really enjoying it! There’s no better way to read the Bible than with a sister you can discuss the readings with. And we’re glad you’re here for the same reason!
In Case You Missed It
My last post, discussing 1 Chronicles 1 & 2, can be found HERE.
Angela covered 1 Chronicles 3 &4 on her blog, No Longer Lukewarm, HERE.
Tammy did an excellent job with 1 Chronicles 5 & 6 HERE, on her blog, Grandma Mary Martha.
Tatiana gave us a glimpse into 1 Chronicles 7 & 8, HERE, on her blog entitled, the musings of mum.
Chapter 9: Genealogies and Work
The first thing that caught my eye, here in this first chapter, was a name that I don’t think a lot of people have heard before. Let’s take a look at verse 2:
Now the first inhabitants that dwelt in their possessions in their cities were, the Israelites, the priests, Levites, and the Nethinims.
What in the world were the Nethinims? Are they mentioned anywhere else in the Bible? As it turns out, they certainly are. In fact, they are mentioned a total of 18 times in the King James Version:
- 1 Chronicles 9:2
- Ezra 2:43
- Ezra 2:58
- Ezra 2:70
- Ezra 7:7
- Ezra 7:24
- Ezra 8:17
- Ezra 8:20
- Nehemiah 3:26
- Nehemiah 3:31
- Nehemiah 7:60
- Nehemiah 7:73
- Nehemiah 10:28
- Nehemiah 11:3
- Nehemiah 11:21
According to some of the Bible Study Tools on Blue Letter Bible, this word describes “temple slaves that were assigned to the Levites and priests for service in the sanctuary.” In Gesenius’ Hebrew Chaldean Lexicon, the description is “Hebrews, or the bondsmen of the temple” who assisted the Levites.
A Bit More Genealogy
If you’ve been paying attention, and certainly if you’re a note-taker, then by now, you certainly know a lot about the history of these families. That goes on a bit here, throughout the ninth chapter, breaking down into sons, priests, brethren, and so forth.
I thought verse 13 was particularly interesting, citing the number “a thousand and seven hundred and threescore” which translates to 1,760 men. It was said they were very able men, for working in the service of the house of God. Can you imagine having that many “able men” working in YOUR church? Wow.
Jobs for the Porters
The chapter goes on to discuss porters, and how those porters “lodged” around the house of God. They did this because it was their JOB, every single morning, to open the doors. Some of them had other jobs as well. Some were charged as ministering vessels, while others were put over the sanctuary instruments, as well as the fine flour, wine, oil, frankincense, and spices.
A Levite named Mattithiah was set over things made in pans. Brethren from the Kohathites were over the shewbread, making sure it was made every sabbath.
It was important to know, apparently, that in the House of God, there were important jobs to do, and those jobs were not all to be handled by one single person. As long as there were people “able,” then they could all SHARE in the work of the House.
This chapter begins by recounting a story we already know from our study of the first book of Samuel, about how Saul and his sons Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua all died.
While the story is familiar, I think the last two verses of this chapter are particularly haunting. Let’s go ahead and read them together.
Why do you think the Bible made such a big deal about genealogies? And why, do you think, the lengthy reiteration of the death of Saul and his sons?
Father, I thank you today for reminders, even the ones that point back to less-pleasing subjects. Remind us why you’re reminding us, let it be a proper mark for future generations, that we NEVER forget where we came from, that we NEVER forget there is a way you want us to live, and that we NEVER forget that you are our Lord God, our Great King, and our Saviour. In Jesus’ Mighty Name we pray, Amen.