First Chronicles 25 Commentary
Some Bible versions talk of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun who prophesied with lyres, harps, and cymbals. According to the Amplified Bible, ‘this was probably a form of praise and worship designed to declare God’s character and His truths with music and lyrics. It had nothing to do with predicting the future.
They worked directly under the orders of the king. Prophecy should never be a sub ministry under some department in the fellowship. Declaring God’s character and His truths is the core purpose of any calling. It is the essence of the Christian walk.
We have a health record of some of the prophecies as recorded in the Book of Psalms under the name Asaph and Heman. Under the New Testament arrangement, saints are encouraged to prophesy more and more. It is a higher calling compared to speaking in tongues.
We can see that families are called to specific tasks. Let the fear of the LORD, as the highest calling possible, run in families. Let righteousness pass from one generation to the other. Let the light within the saint overcome darkness and initiate righteousness in families. Let praise and worship be a family thing. It was for Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun.
Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun were ‘well-trained in the sacred music, all of them masters.’ There is a place for perfection in the execution of the task. Yet, and regardless of this need for perfection, ‘nobody, whether young or old, teacher or student, was given preference or advantage over the other.’
Prophecy should be for every saint! Let every saint declare the character of the LORD and His truths on a daily basis.
While not diminishing the importance of animal sacrifices at the Sanctuary, we can see a direct shift in focus. And in later years, when apostasy took center stage, men and women who declared the elevated character of the LORD and His truths would be called prophets.
Sadly, the office of the prophet remains vacant in many of our lives today. Every saint is encouraged to declare the true character of the God of Abraham. Let His truths be declared to the saint herself, as a starting point, and then to the hearing world, as a final reflection of what one has become.
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