Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Are the Gatekeepers Self-Seeking?

We must share the Message of the Cross, not protect the symbol.

“The gatekeepers were on the four sides, to the east, west, north and south. Their relatives in their villages were to come in every seven days from time to time to be with them; for the four chief gatekeepers who were Levites, were in an office of trust, and were over the chambers and over the treasuries in the house of God. They spent the night around the house of God, because the watch was committed to them; and they were in charge of opening it morning by morning.” 1 Chronicles 9:24-27.

There were approximately 4 thousand Gatekeepers numbered in the Old Testament, “and 4,000 were gatekeepers.” 1 Chronicles 23:5. Reading the history of the Gatekeeper is interesting and in some ways quite profound, but the most noteworthy ‘were over the chambers and over the treasuries of the house of God.’ However, the most important statement of all is that these people were appointed and commanded by King David, the Man of God. None applied or sought the service and took the jobs.

All these who were chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds were 212. These were enrolled by genealogy in their villages, .” 1 Chronicles 9:21-22.whom David and Samuel the seer appointed in their office of trust

Now according to the ordinance of his father David, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service, and the Levites for their duties of praise and ministering before the priests according to the daily rule, and the gatekeepers by their divisions at every gate; for David the man of God had so commanded. 2 Chronicles 8:14.

One of the issues that clouds the work of the Lord’s Church is position of authority held because of assumption. Because some do not belong in such positions the ministry of the local church is often subdued by self-indulgence. “We do not do it that way here.”

But this is not what the Lord wants and demands of His Church, "But he answered and said to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? 'Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 'Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?' "So the last shall be first, and the first last." Matthew 20:13-16.

Jesus is Lord

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