Musicians PLUS…

I noticed something recently from the account of Josiah’s reign 2
Chronicles 34 that I find very interesting and even important.

When king Josiah of Judah had, after some 70 years of Judah’s
idolatry, decided to renovate the temple of God, he made sure honest
and skilled workers did the job right.

12 The workers labored faithfully. Over them to direct them were
Jahath and Obadiah, Levites descended from Merari, and Zechariah and
Meshullam, descended from Kohath. The Levites???all who were skilled in
playing musical instruments??? 13 had charge of the laborers and
supervised all the workers from job to job. Some of the Levites were
secretaries, scribes and gatekeepers.

So Josiah had given those of the Levitical priesthood various
responsibilities to direct the work… and though many were skilled,
priestly musicians the sense of verse 13 -either the musicians
themselves or certainly some of the Levites were serving in ways that
on the surface might seem quite mundane and anything but exciting,
center-stage or grandiose.

The work needed supervisors, secretaries, scribes and gatekeepers as
well as skilled musician-priests.

I immediately thought about another possible idolatry not mentioned in
this text, that of pride, selfish ambition and the desire to do this
or that work/service as opposed to THAT (rather non-glamorous) job. Of
course such may not indicate actual idolatry… or, it may indeed.

God is glorified and the people are favored… and the church (larger
and local) accomplishes what it must as we give ourselves “to humble
tasks” just as by the seemingly grand leadership via overt worship and
skillful, priestly musicianship.

Things worth thinking about! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 -Glenn


1 Comment

  1. Hey GlennIt is interesting that the ministers of the old temple were in small chambers…where they were not seen by outsiders…good words Glenn

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