TEAM BUILDING in the HOUSE of GOD
April 24 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 7-9
"For we are God’s fellow workers" (1 Corinthians 3:9)
A careful study of 1 Chronicles 9:10-34 reveal that there were specific responsibilities assigned to different people to work in God’s Temple in Jerusalem, which was according to God’s plan and the abilities of the people to do the work. They belonged to the tribe of Levi – the tribe that God had chosen to serve Him. They all worked as a team so that the temple of God could operate smoothly for the rest of the tribes of Israel. These were the categories of the people of Levi who worked in the temple of God:
- Priests (v. 10-13): They performed the priestly duties within the temple, and "were very able men for the work of the service of the house of God." (v. 13b)
- Levites (v. 14-15): They assisted the priests to perform their duties within the temple.
- Gatekeepers (v. 17-27): They provided security service both for the camp of Levi (v. 18) and the temple as they provided security for the treasuries kept securely inside (v. 26). "And they lodged all around the house of God because they had the responsibility, and they were in charge of opening it every morning." (1 Chron. 9:27)
- Those in charge of the serving vessels (v. 28) – they brought out the vessels and put them back after counting them.
- Those in charge of the furnishings and the implements of the sanctuary (v. 29a)
- Those in charge over the fine flour, wine, oil, incense and spices (v. 29b)
- Sons of priests who prepared the ointment of the spices (v. 30)
- Those in charge over the things baked in the pans (v. 31)
- Sons of the Kohathites who were in charge of preparing the showbread for every Sabbath (v. 32)
- Singers – who sang in the temple day and night (v. 33). They "lodged in the chambers, and were free from other duties; for they were employed in that work day and night." (v. 33)