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1 Chronicles 23:1-6 :

Now David was old and full of days; and he made Solomon his son king over Israel. He gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. The Levites were counted from thirty years old and upward; and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty-eight thousand. David said, “Of these, twenty-four thousand were to oversee the work of Yahweh’s house, six thousand were officers and judges, four thousand were doorkeepers, and four thousand praised Yahweh with the instruments which I made for giving praise.”

David divided them into divisions according to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

For a quite a while, David wondered if he would ever grow old. He often feared for his life as king Saul, his king and father-in-law, was hunting him down. If we get to Psalms, we will hear what David had to say first-hand. The simple fact that David "was old and full of days," was a gift from God. David's sin could have killed him as well. On two occasions, David fell under the wrath of God Himself. That's the real thing to fear. We can all be thankful for the life God has given us.

As I considered the divisions of the priests, I noticed that David made the security team as large as the worship team, but made the number of those tending to the work of the temple, greater by far. He made the officers and judges one and a half the size of security or worship teams. This reflects the way that David lived, and I believe it expresses God's heart in a simple way.

We can read from other parts of the Bible that God intends for most of our attention to be on serving Him directly, yet He doesn't say that we should not defend ourselves. We should also not neglect the arts. The Bible tells us that it's important to have a civil government that is wise in the ways of God, and can act as judge in difficult civil matters. It's obvious that there wasn't a separation of church and state here, in reality, there can't be. A government has to adopt a worldview. Even even the belief in neutrality is a worldview, it's just self-refuting since it is an example of taking a position. God set up the only kind of government that really makes sense: a good one.

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