DCLM Daily Manna 2023: DCLM Daily Manna 10 June 2023: Are You in that Number?
Key Verse: “All these which were chosen to be porters in the gates were two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set office.” – (1 Chronicles 9:22)
TEXT: 1 Chronicles 9:14-22 (KJV)
14 Of the Levites: Shemaiah son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari;
15 And Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal, and Mattaniah son of Mica, the son of Zichri, the son of Asaph;
16 Obadiah son of Shemaiah, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun; and Berechiah son of Asa, the son of Elkanah, who dwelt in the villages of the Netophathites [near Jerusalem].
17 The gatekeepers were: Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their kinsmen, Shallum being the chief
18 Who hitherto was assigned to the king’s east side gate. They were the gatekeepers of the camp of the Levites.
19 Shallum son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his kinsmen of his father’s house, the Korahites, were in charge of the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the Tent, as their fathers had been in charge of the camp of the Lord, keepers of the entrance.
20 Phinehas son of Eleazar was ruler over them in times past, and the Lord was with him.
21 Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was gatekeeper at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.
22 All these chosen to be keepers at the thresholds were 212. These were enrolled by their genealogies in their villages [around Jerusalem], these men [whose grandfathers] David and Samuel the seer had established to their office of trust.
It is not uncommon to see people live in a compound community where they are unknown or noted for nothing positive. In the spiritual realm, some people are complacent, detached and unavailable for any contribution. They make themselves non-existent even though they are physically available. God takes the record daily and will require it at the end of time.
Today’s passage is filled with a list of individuals and families that were assigned divine tasks with a detailed record of their faithfulness. A very exciting feature is where father and sons were addicted to God’s work as in the case of the Korahites. Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the priest took after his father as he was also a ruler and the Lord was with him. All listed officials “were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages” and remained as were ordained by King David and Prophet Samuel.
There are salient lessons from this record. First, the people made themselves available for God’s service. Second, each remained faithful and dutiful in his assignment. Third, whole families were involved in certain instances. Fourth, they remained faithful even when David and Samuel who appointed them were no more available.
The situation in the society and in the church today is different. Some people prefer their children to be prominent in secular areas of life. Parents are not only lethargic in God’s work but also tacitly shield their children from being involved. Christ sees and takes record, and He would reward everyone according as his work shall be on the day of reckoning.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: What will you be remembered for?
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Samuel 13-14
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – Are You in that Number? – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 10 June 2023