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1 Chronicles 24-26
The Temple servants (see Minister) were highly organized to provide a living prophecy of the process of salvation (e.g. see God's Holy Days). The irony of what later happened is that many in the priesthood did not recognize the Messiah when He came; even the High Priest, who was personally symbolic of the Christ (see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?), was not able to see that he was rejecting the one who his office was created to represent.
"The divisions of the sons of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
The Temple Levites were organized into twenty four divisions; their time of service was fulfilled on a revolving cycle. This schedule was restored and continued at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ - the father of John the Baptist, Zechariah, was of the eighth division of Abijah (see list below and the Fact Finder question): "In the days of Herod, king of Judea [see The Herods], there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth." (Luke 1:5 RSV)
"The first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin, the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah, the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah, the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab, the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez, the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel, the twenty-first to Jachin, the twenty-second to Gamul, the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah." (1 Chronicles 24:7-18 RSV)
1 Chronicles Chapter 25
King David's military experience enabled him to efficiently organize the Temple service. David's love of and experience with music also enabled him to properly organize the Temple musicians.
"David and the chiefs of the service also set apart for the service certain of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with Lyres, with harps [see also The Harp String Verses], and with cymbals. The list of those who did the work and of their duties was:
The Temple was a very musical place; 288 of the Levites were musicians.
"They were all under the direction of their father in the music in the house of The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king. The number of them along with their brethren, who were trained in singing to The Lord, all who were skilful, was two hundred and eighty-eight. And they cast lots for their duties, small and great, teacher and pupil alike." (1 Chronicles 25:6-8 RSV)
1 Chronicles Chapter 26
Administration and security of the Temple was also intricately prescribed for the different levels of Levites.
"These divisions of the gatekeepers, corresponding to their chief men, had duties, just as their brethren did, ministering in the house of The Lord; and they cast lots by fathers' houses, small and great alike, for their gates.
The administration of the Temple also involved safe storage for certain historical articles of great value or significance. Along with being the headquarters for the nation's religion, it also served as an eminent central bank and national library.
"And of the Levites, Ahijah had charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries of the dedicated gifts.
Fact Finder: How was the birth of John the baptist the result of a miracle?