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Wednesday, July 23 2014
1 Chronicles 23: What Did John The Baptist's Father Do At The Temple?
"For David said, The LORD God of Israel hath given rest unto His people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever: And also unto the Levites; they shall no more carry the Tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the service thereof"
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) created the Levite priesthood for purely Christian prophetic purposes (see When Were The Levites Set Apart?, The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One and The Prophecies Of Christianity).
Levi had three sons - Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. From those branches of Levi's family, the Levites were organized into three levels of service at the original Tabernacle in the time of Moses (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Tabernacle). Moses himself was a Levite, not a Jew (see Are Levites 'Jews'?).
When The Ark was brought to Jerusalem (see The Ark's Arrival In Zion), King David set out to build the Temple. The Levite responsibilities there were based upon their original assignments in the time of Moses. Among the later Levites who would serve in that Temple was the father of John the Baptist. John was a Levite - Christian "baptism" originated as a Levitical observance by the Levites in their service to the LORD (see The Levites Of Christ).
"23:1 So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
The only major difference in the Levite responsibilities in the Temple from that in the time of the portable Tabernacle was that the specific Levites who were alone authorized to carry The Ark were retired from service because The Ark was home. It was yet another reason why The Ark never left Jerusalem after that time (see the Fact Finder question below).
"23:24 These were the sons of Levi after the house of their fathers; even the chief of the fathers, as they were counted by number of names by their polls, that did the work for the service of the house of the LORD, from the age of twenty years and upward. 23:25 For David said, The LORD God of Israel hath given rest unto his people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever: 23:26 And also unto the Levites; they shall no more carry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the service thereof.
Fact Finder: Why wasn't The Ark ever lost to the Babylonians in 586 BC or to the Romans in 70 AD?
This Day In History, July 23
1014: Brian Boru, "high king of Ireland," was killed while fighting Viking invaders at the Battle of Clontarf.
1348: The first English order of Knighthood, the Order of the Garter, was founded.
1500: Pedro Cabal claimed Brazil for Portugal.
1563: Construction of El Escorial began in Spain by Philip II, a Hapsburg.
1564: The birth of William Shakespeare, England's greatest playwright. He died on the same date in 1616.
1588: The second of three battle encounters of Britain's Royal Navy fleet against the Spanish Armada (carrying thousands of European Marines) that was sent by the Papacy and Roman Catholic Europe to invade England.
1625: Frederick Henry became Stadtholder (ruler) of the Netherlands after the death of Maurice of Nassau.
1632: Three hundred colonists departed for "New France" from Dieppe, France. New France covered what is today eastern Canada, from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Superior, and the most of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River as far south as Louisiana (which was named after King Louis of France, as was St. Louis, Missouri).
1661: Charles II became king of England.
1891: Jews were expelled from Moscow, Russia.
1918: The British Navy under Admiral Keyes raided the German submarine base at Zeebrugge.
1929: The Fascist government of Italy banned the use of foreign words.
1941: King George of the Hellenes and the Greek government fled the Greek mainland from the advancing Germans; the Greek army also formally surrendered to Germany and Italy.
1945: The Russian army liberated the Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrueck concentration camps.
1950: Chaing Kai-shek evacuated Hainan, leaving mainland China to Mao Zedong and the communists.
1952: Gamal Abd al-Nasser, 34, and others, including future Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat, seized control of the government of Egypt in a bloodless coup. The "Free Officers Movement" forced King Farouk to abdicate and into exile. Egypt was declared a republic in June of the next year. Another revolution in 2011 overthrew that revolution.
1967: A riot in Detroit, Michigan left 43 people killed, 342 injured and 1,400 buildings burned.
1969: Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.
1995: Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp discovered Comet Hale-Bopp. At the time of its discovery, the comet was 7.15 au (i.e. astronomical unit; 1 au = the distance from the earth to the sun) from the sun and 1.5 years from perihelion (peri = around, helion = the sun). The comet was estimated to have a 40 kilometer diameter nucleus.