DCLM Daily Manna 2023: DCLM Daily Manna 3 June 2023: Reckoning Of His Own
Key Verse: “And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate…” – (2 Chronicles 8:14)
TEXT: 1 Chronicles 9:1-13 (KJV)
So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they were written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, who were carried away to Babylon for their transgression.
2 Now the first inhabitants that dwelt in their possessions in their cities were, the Israelites, the priests, Levites, and the Nethinims.
3 And in Jerusalem dwelt of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin, and of the children of Ephraim, and Manasseh;
4 Uthai the son of Ammihud, the son of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Bani, of the children of Pharez the son of Judah.
5 And of the Shilonites; Asaiah the firstborn, and his sons.
6 And of the sons of Zerah; Jeuel, and their brethren, six hundred and ninety.
7 And of the sons of Benjamin; Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Hodaviah, the son of Hasenuah,
8 And Ibneiah the son of Jeroham, and Elah the son of Uzzi, the son of Michri, and Meshullam the son of Shephathiah, the son of Reuel, the son of Ibnijah;
9 And their brethren, according to their generations, nine hundred and fifty and six. All these men were chief of the fathers in the house of their fathers.
10 And of the priests; Jedaiah, and Jehoiarib, and Jachin,
11 And Azariah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the ruler of the house of God;
12 And Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pashur, the son of Malchijah, and Maasiai the son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer;
13 And their brethren, heads of the house of their fathers, a thousand and seven hundred and threescore; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God.
There is truth in the Victorian saying that, “The rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate, God made them both”. He knows all His creatures and no one is hidden before Him. No matter the population of people in the world, God has the record of each individual. Assuredly, He knows where, who, what and how we are in our families, communities and places of work.
Today’s passage enumerates individuals in Israel at that time according to their family background, experiences, residence, vocations and genealogy. While some, such as the children of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim and Manasseh dwell in Jerusalem, the capital city, others settled in their fathers’ inheritance all over the land. The census included noblemen, the priest and other rulers of the house of God, and very able men for the work of His service. None or any household was left out.
God knows and sees everyone. He maintains a record of everyone now against the day of final reckoning, which is at hand. Nobody is faceless or hidden from Him. “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13). Armed with this fact, believers should be confident that they can get the attention of God anytime and anywhere, cognisant that He knows all the details about us. We should live with the consciousness that all things are naked before His eyes.
Everyone is important before God. We all have a reason or a purpose for being where He has put us. He knows you and where you are. Do your bit: live right and fulfil your calling before God for posterity.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Live with the consciousness that God knows everything about you.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 27-29
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – Reckoning of His Own – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 3 June 2023