Words of Eternal Life
John 6 60Many
of his followers heard this and said, "This teaching
is too hard. Who can listen to it?"
being told, Jesus knew that they were grumbling about
this, so he said to them, "Does this make you want
to give up? 62Suppose, then, that you should
see the Son of Man go back up to the place where he was
before? 63What gives life is God's Spirit;
human power is of no use at all. The words I have spoken
to you bring God's life-giving Spirit. 64Yet
some of you do not believe." (Jesus knew from the
very beginning who were the ones that would not believe
and which one would betray him.) 65And he
added, "This is the very reason I told you that no
people can come to me unless the Father makes it possible
for them to do so."
of this, many of Jesus' followers turned back and would
not go with him any more. 67So he asked the
twelve disciples, "And you--would you also like to
Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom would we go? You
have the words that give eternal life. 69And
now we believe and know that you are the Holy One who has
come from God."
replied, "I chose the twelve of you, didn't I? Yet
one of you is a devil!" 71He was talking
about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. For Judas, even
though he was one of the twelve disciples, was going to
The Temple Musicians
1 Chronicles 25 King
David and the leaders of the Levites chose the following
Levite clans to lead the worship services: Asaph, Heman,
and Jeduthun. They were to proclaim God's messages,
accompanied by the music of harps and cymbals. This is
the list of persons chosen to lead the worship, with the
type of service that each group performed:
four sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and
Asharelah. They were under the direction of Asaph, who
proclaimed God's messages whenever the king commanded.
six sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei,
Hashabiah, and Mattithiah. Under the direction of their
father they proclaimed God's message, accompanied by the
music of harps, and sang praise and thanks to the LORD.
fourteen sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel,
Shebuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti,
Romamti Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and
Mahazioth. 5God gave to Heman, the king's
prophet, these fourteen sons and also three daughters, as
he had promised, in order to give power to Heman. 6All
of his sons played cymbals and harps under their father's
direction, to accompany the Temple worship. And Asaph,
Jeduthun, and Heman were under orders from the king.
these twenty-four men were experts; and their fellow
Levites were trained musicians. There were 288 men
determine the assignment of duties they all drew lots,
whether they were young or old, experts or beginners.
288 men were divided according to families into
twenty-four groups of twelve, with a leader in charge of
each group. This is the order in which they were on duty:
1) Joseph of the family of Asaph; 2) Gedaliah;
3) Zaccur; 4) Zeri; 5) Nethaniah;
6) Bukkiah; 7) Asharelah; 8) Jeshaiah;
9) Mattaniah; 10) Shimei; 11) Uzziel;
12) Hashabiah; 13) Shebuel;
14) Mattithiah; 15) Jerimoth;
16) Hananiah; 17) Joshbekashah;
18) Hanani; 19) Mallothi; 20) Eliathah;
21) Hothir; 22) Giddalti; 23) Mahazioth;
24) Romamti Ezer.
The Temple Guards
1 Chronicles 26 These
are the assignments of work for the Levites who served as
Temple guards. From the clan of Korah there was
Meshelemiah son of Kore, of the family of Asaph. 2He
had seven sons, listed in order of age: Zechariah,
Jediael, Zebadiah, Jathniel, 3Elam, Jehohanan,
was also Obed Edom, whom God blessed by giving him eight
sons, listed in order of age: Shemaiah, Jehozabad, Joah,
Sachar, Nethanel, 5Ammiel, Issachar, and
Edom's oldest son, Shemaiah, had six sons: Othni,
Rephael, Obed, Elzabad, Elihu, and Semachiah. They were
important men in their clan because of their great
ability; the last two were especially talented.
Edom's family furnished a total of sixty-two highly
qualified men for this work.
family furnished eighteen qualified men.
the clan of Merari there was Hosah, who had four sons:
Shimri (his father made him the leader, even though he
was not the oldest son), 11Hilkiah, Tebaliah,
and Zechariah. In all there were thirteen members of
Hosah's family who were Temple guards.
Temple guards were divided into groups, according to
families, and they were assigned duties in the Temple,
just as the other Levites were. 13Each family,
regardless of size, drew lots to see which gate it would
be responsible for. 14Shelemiah drew the east
gate, and his son Zechariah, a man who always gave good
advice, drew the north gate. 15Obed Edom was
allotted the south gate, and his sons were allotted to
guard the storerooms. 16Shuppim and Hosah were
allotted the west gate and the Shallecheth Gate on the
upper road. Guard duty was divided into assigned periods,
one after another. 17On the east, six guards
were on duty each day, on the north, four, and on the
south, four. Four guards were stationed at the storerooms
daily, two at each storeroom. 18Near the
western pavilion there were four guards by the road and
two at the pavilion itself. 19This is the
assignment of guard duty to the clan of Korah and the
clan of Merari.
Other Temple Duties
of their fellow Levites were in charge of the Temple
treasury and the storerooms for gifts dedicated to God. 21Ladan,
one of the sons of Gershon, was the ancestor of several
family groups, including the family of his son Jehiel. 22Ladan's
two other sons, Zetham and Joel, had charge of the Temple
treasury and storerooms.
were also assigned to the descendants of Amram, Izhar,
Hebron, and Uzziel.
of the clan of Moses' son Gershom, was the chief official
responsible for the Temple treasury. 25Through
Gershom's brother Eliezer he was related to Shelomith.
Eliezer was the father of Rehabiah, who was the father of
Jeshaiah, the father of Joram, the father of Zichri, the
father of Shelomith. 26Shelomith and the
members of his family were in charge of all the gifts
dedicated to God by King David, the heads of families,
leaders of clan groups, and army officers. 27They
took some of the loot they captured in battle and
dedicated it for use in the Temple. 28Shelomith
and his family were in charge of everything that had been
dedicated for use in the Temple, including the gifts
brought by the prophet Samuel, by King Saul, by Abner son
of Ner, and by Joab son of Zeruiah.
Duties of Other Levites
the descendants of Izhar, Chenaniah and his sons were
assigned administrative duties: keeping records and
settling disputes for the people of Israel.
the descendants of Hebron, Hashabiah and seventeen
hundred of his relatives, all outstanding men, were put
in charge of the administration of all religious and
civil matters in Israel west of the Jordan River. 31Jeriah
was the leader of the descendants of Hebron. In the
fortieth year that David was king, an investigation was
made of the family line of Hebron's descendants, and
outstanding soldiers belonging to this family were found
living at Jazer in the territory of Gilead. 32King
David chose twenty-seven hundred outstanding heads of
families from Jeriah's relatives and put them in charge
of administering all religious and civil matters in
Israel east of the Jordan River--the territories of
Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh.
The Fall of the Tyrants
Zechariah 11 Open
your doors, Lebanon,
that fire can burn down your cedar trees!
and wail, cypress trees--
cedars have fallen;
glorious trees have been destroyed!
and wail, oaks of Bashan--
dense forest has been cut down!
rulers cry out in grief;
glory is gone!
to the roaring of the lions;
forest home along the Jordan is destroyed!
The Two Shepherds
LORD my God said to me, "Act
the part of the shepherd of a flock of sheep that are
going to be butchered. 5Their owners kill them
and go unpunished. They sell the meat and say, 'Praise
the LORD! We are rich!' Even their
own shepherds have no pity on them."
The LORD said, "I will no
longer pity anyone on earth. I myself will put all the
people in the power of their rulers. These rulers will
devastate the earth, and I will not save it from their
who bought and sold the sheep hired me, and I became the
shepherd of the sheep that were going to be butchered. I
took two sticks: one I called "Favor" and the
other "Unity." And I took care of the flock. 8I lost
patience with three other shepherds, who hated me, and I
got rid of them all in a single month. 9Then I
said to the flock, "I will not be your shepherd any
longer. Let those die who are to die. Let those be
destroyed who are to be destroyed. Those who are left
will destroy one another." 10Then I took
the stick called "Favor" and broke it, to
cancel the covenant which the LORD
had made with all the nations. 11So the
covenant was canceled on that day. Those who bought and
sold the sheep were watching me, and they knew that the LORD was speaking through what I did. 12I
said to them, "If you are willing, give me my wages.
But if not, keep them." So they paid me thirty
pieces of silver as my wages.
LORD said to me, "Put them in
the Temple treasury." So I took the thirty pieces of
silver--the magnificent sum they thought I was worth--and
put them in the Temple treasury. 14Then I
broke the second stick, the one called "Unity,"
and the unity of Judah and Israel was shattered.
the LORD said to me, "Once
again act the part of a shepherd, this time a worthless
one. 16I have put a shepherd in charge of
my flock, but he does not help the sheep that are
threatened by destruction; nor does he look for the lost,
or heal those that are hurt, or feed the healthy.
Instead, he eats the meat of the fattest sheep and tears
off their hoofs. 17That worthless shepherd is
doomed! He has abandoned his flock. War will totally
destroy his power. His arm will wither, and his right eye
will go blind."