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Logos Bible Software,
originally published in
Images from a Biblical and Theological Dictionary
by Richard Myer
This chapter contains more information about the divisions of the musicians for the worship services in the tabernacle and future temple. What I find fascinating is that we are told in verses 1, 3, and 5 that these people were prophets or "seers" with harps, psalteries, and with cymbals. I had never thought about it before, but this is so obvious. These were the very men that wrote several of the psalms! Of course they were inspired by God to prophecy as they wrote scripture!
Remember also that Heman was a grandson of the well-beloved Samuel, the last judge of Israel and a prophet in his own right. According to verse 5 Heman had fourteen sons and three daughters. All of them were musicians in the house of the LORD under the direction of their father!
Does God issue any commands?
- Not directly in this passage, but it should be assumed that since these musicians wrote the psalms that we read that God commanded them (through divine inspiration) to record those words and to set them to music for the worship services. We do not know now what the music sounded like but the words are preserved for us to read.
Does God make any promises?
No, God does not speak.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- Verse 2 states that Asaph prophesied according to the order of the king. The king was David, but truly it was King Jesus under whose authority and command Asaph prophesied!
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
Not that I identified.