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The Temple Gatekeepers View video
2 Kings 26:1 - 26:19
1. The divisions of the gatekeepers: From the Korahites: Meshelemiah son of Kore, one of the sons of Asaph.
2. Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,
3. Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth and Eliehoenai the seventh.
4. Obed-Edom also had sons: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth,
5. Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh and Peullethai the eighth. (For God had blessed Obed-Edom.)
6. Obed-Edom's son Shemaiah also had sons, who were leaders in their father's family because they were very capable men.
7. The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, Rephael, Obed and Elzabad; his relatives Elihu and Semakiah were also able men.
8. All these were descendants of Obed-Edom; they and their sons and their relatives were capable men with the strength to do the work--descendants of Obed-Edom, 62 in all.
9. Meshelemiah had sons and relatives, who were able men--18 in all.
10. Hosah the Merarite had sons: Shimri the first (although he was not the firstborn, his father had appointed him the first),
11. Hilkiah the second, Tabaliah the third and Zechariah the fourth. The sons and relatives of Hosah were 13 in all.
12. These divisions of the gatekeepers, through their chief men, had duties for ministering in the temple of the LORD, just as their relatives had.
13. Lots were cast for each gate, according to their families, young and old alike.
14. The lot for the East Gate fell to Shelemiah. Then lots were cast for his son Zechariah, a wise counselor, and the lot for the North Gate fell to him.
15. The lot for the South Gate fell to Obed-Edom, and the lot for the storehouse fell to his sons.
16. The lots for the West Gate and the Shalleketh Gate on the upper road fell to Shuppim and Hosah. Guard was alongside of guard:
17. There were six Levites a day on the east, four a day on the north, four a day on the south and two at a time at the storehouse.
18. As for the court to the west, there were four at the road and two at the court itself.
19. These were the divisions of the gatekeepers who were descendants of Korah and Merari.
Reflection
Capable Gatekeepers (26:1–10)
The gatekeepers are responsible for guarding the temple and maintaining everything that is in it. They come from the descendants of Korah and Merari. Obed-Edom, with whom David had left the ark of the covenant after the first attempt to bring it to Jerusalem, is also listed. Unlike the Philistines, who suffered while the ark was in their possession, Obed-Edom was greatly blessed while the ark of God remained with him. Obed-Edom’s entire family was given the privilege to work in God’s house. His sons and grandsons are all described as capable and strong, with many in leadership roles because of their ability. What a tremendous blessing it must have been to serve in God’s house alongside so many family members!

Faithful Service (26:11–19)
The gatekeepers serve under leaders and have specific duties to carry out in the temple of the LORD. The roles are assigned to each person by casting lots and not because of their age. This is so that the LORD might determine which gate each person is to guard rather than it being a human decision. Each one is to be faithful in his own area and in the specific tasks assigned to him. Many times, we are simply called to be faithful to the roles we have been assigned and to do our best to carry out what has been entrusted to us. May we faithfully serve God and His people in all that we do.
Application
- What kind of jobs are you capable and blessed to do in God’s house? How are you serving the Lord?

- How do you feel when you are assigned a role you do not want? How might God use you to serve others through that role?
A Letter to God
Father, thank you for giving me a role to play in Your kingdom work. May I always look to Christ, who humbled Himself in service to others and laid down His life for the church. In Jesus’ name. Amen.