David makes Solomon king over Israel and he continues the preparations for the temple that Solomon is going to build. Did you notice the inconsistency in the age eligible for the work of the Levites? In Numbers 4 the age assigned is 30-50 but this is specifically for the Kohath clan that had the stressful job of carrying the items within the tabernacle which required mature men…bc you touch, you die. In Numbers 8:24-26 we see the age is 25-50 for all Levites to do the work within the tabernacle. Today when David numbers the Levites, he originally counts the men 30 and above but then he lowers the age to 20. David says, “They shall no longer carry the tabernacle, or any of the articles for its service.” So the new age was lower because they no longer have to carry the tabernacle and this will also add more hands for the job. ✋✋
Lastly David assigns duties for the musicians. Before now the only organized music for the tabernacle was the blowing of the trumpets described in Numbers 10 but David loves music! He plays the harp and writes songs. So David takes fellow song writers, Asaph, Jeduthun, and Herman and their sons, and arranges them in 24 divisions, same as the priests, for handling the music for the temple. We will later read Psalms written by David’s lead song writers as well as David. Tomorrow David continues the temple prep work so keep reading.
(1 Chronicles 23:1-25:31)