Pastor, How Can I Be Better Able For God’s Work

This sermon outline helps us see how we ought to be carrying out our service for Jesus Christ. It also shows us how we can be better able to do the work of God. Brother John Moxley’s book entitled The Tabernacle In The Wilderness was invaluable and cited in part of this outline. Just putting this message together was a walk through the life of a Levite! May it help each servant of God to pay the strictest attention to their calling in life!

Title: “Pastor, How Can I Be Better Able For God’s Work?”

Text: I Chronicles 9:13es 9:13
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13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.  

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Read from verse 10

(1 Chronicles 9:10-131 Chronicles 9:10-13
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10 And of the priests; Jedaiah, and Jehoiarib, and Jachin, 11 And Azariah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the ruler of the house of God; Azariah: also called, Seraiah 12 And Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pashur, the son of Malchijah, and Maasiai the son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer; 13 And their brethren, heads of the house of their fathers, a thousand and seven hundred and threescore; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God. very...: Heb. mighty men of valour  

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) “And of the priests; Jedaiah, and Jehoiarib, and Jachin, And Azariah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the ruler of the house of God; And Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pashur, the son of Malchijah, and Maasiai the son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer; And their brethren, heads of the house of their fathers, a thousand and seven hundred and threescore; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God.”  (KJV)

Introduction:

•    We find, in the genealogies and records of God’s people, a description of the aptitude of certain individuals that God wants us to remember.
•    These priests were men that evidently were fit for the work of God in such a way that God wanted all to know about it.
•    God wanted mankind to see this example so much that the Holy Ghost had them penned in the pages of our Bibles!
•    1, 760 men were ABLE FOR THE WORK OF THE SERVICE OF THE HOUSE OF GOD!
•    The Bible plainly declares that we who are “in Christ”, men, women, and children that are saved, are PRIESTS unto God!

(Revelation 1:6Revelation 1:6
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6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  

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) “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (KJV)

(Revelation 5:10Revelation 5:10
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10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.  

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) “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (KJV)

(Revelation 20:6Revelation 20:6
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6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  

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) “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”  (KJV)

•    We have an example to live up to here in our text. I know that Christ is our pattern for living, but we have human examples here. My point is that if they can have this testimony, then we can too!
•    We all want God to say to us when we see Him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”!
•    If you are like me, then we want to please God and do what we can to serve Him adequately!
•    What can we learn from these Godly men? What was it about them that would cause them to be exceptional in their conduct of service!

Notes derived from John Moxley’s book entitled The Tabernacle In The Wilderness

Proposition: There are three things that pervaded their life that I believe moved them to serve God in a marvelous way!

I.    Notice They Knew About Their Calling FROM God!

     A.    Pedigree

          i.    Born into service – Numbers 17:1-8Numbers 17:1-8
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17 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man's name upon his rod. 3 And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers. 4 And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you. 5 And it shall come to pass, that the man's rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you. 6 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers' houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. a rod...: Heb. a rod for one prince, a rod for one prince 7 And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness. 8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.  

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(We are born into service through our Salvation experience!)
          ii.    God ordained that the descendents of Levi would be apart of the spiritual leadership of Israel!

     B.    Longevity of Calling

          i.    They served God in different ways, but unless an age was prescribed, they serve as long as they were able to do the work as they were right with God!

     C.    We are called to salvation in Christ, then we are called to serve him in many fronts; for example:

          i.    As a disciple
          ii.    As an Ambassador
          iii.    As a servant
          iv.    As a soldier
          v.    As a co-laborer
          vi.    As a vessel
          vii.    As a priest

     D.    We must get a hold of the truth that God has called each of us into an arena of service for Christ!

          i.    What a privilege!
          ii.    What an honor!
          iii.    What an opportunity!

     E.    I believe that because these particular men referred to in our text knew they were called of God, that this moved them to “go the extra mile” for God!

II.    Notice They Knew About Their Calling UNTO God!

     A.    It is important to distinguish priests from the High Priest.

          i.    High Priest – go between, intercessor
          ii.    Priest – Levite – They help maintain the place of worship and helped the High Priest, by their acts of service!

               1.    If they did not do their jobs, then the High Priest would be limited!

     B.     “Since we are priests of God and of Christ, we have access into the presence of God. The priests who were appointed for the service of the Tabernacle could come into the presence of God only one time each year. How wonderful for us that we may come at any time.” – Moxley page 51

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15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  

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) “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”  (KJV)

     C.    “The priests who were appointed for the service of the tabernacle had specific jobs. We also have specified jobs in the church. All of the Levites did not offer sacrifices. Some Levites were shepherds, tent repairers, farmers, wood cutters, kitchen workers, etc. Some were appointed as maintenance men and laborers in the construction of the Tabernacle. Moses was the overseer, Bezaleel, Aholiab were under him, and others worked to construct the Tabernacle.” – Moxley page 51

     D.    “Some of us must be content to be unnoticed in God’s work. We must be workers together in building the church of which Christ is the head. While the pastor has the most visible role, some will have to teach, some will sing, some will keep the nursery, some will help keep the church grounds maintained, etc., and ALL are to win lost men to Christ. Numbers 1-4 gives information about the different services to be performed.” – Moxley page 51

     E.    With all of this stated, we must realize that these men new their calling required work in many areas, and they were glad to do what God has chosen them to do!

III.    Notice They Knew About Their Calling FOR God!

     A.    The Levites, among their peers, were somewhat a spectacle.

     B.    Their clothing set them apart from everyone else in the entire world; not just Israel.

     C.    They actions that were seen from close and from afar were a testimony of God!

     D.    They were leaders in many ways to their fellow man. Their functions in the day to day worship of Israel to the Most Holy One were very special and these men of whom we are referring to in text knew this all too much. It caused them to go for God!

     E.    Remember that God set a cloud over the Tabernacle by day and a pillar of fire by night. The Levites followed this guidance and when the Levites acted everyone else followed suit throughout the camp!

     F.    “One of the primary duties of the Levites was moving the Tabernacle. The tabernacle was designed in such a way that it could be taken down and moved whenever God led them to do so. God led them by a cloud in the day time and a pillar of fire in the night. As long as the cloud remained on the Tabernacle during the day and the fire remained on the Tabernacle at night, the children of Israel remained where they were – – whether it was for two days, a month, or a year. When the cloud was taken up, they knew it was time to pack up and move. By this, they always knew God was leading them and that He had not forsaken them.
Each family of the Levites – The Kohathites, the Gershonites, and the Merarites – had specific jobs to do in the moving of the Tabernacle from one location to another:

          i.    Kohathites:

               1.    They carried the instruments and furnishings of the sanctuary of the tabernacle (the ark, table, candlestick, altars, etc.) when Israel moved forward – after they were covered and prepared by Aaron and his sons.

(Numbers 4:5-6Numbers 4:5-6
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5 And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it: 6 And shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.  

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) “And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it: And shall put thereon the covering of badgers’ skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.”  (KJV)

                See Numbers 4:1-15Numbers 4:1-15
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4 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 2 Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers, 3 From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation. 4 This shall be the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation, about the most holy things: 5 And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it: 6 And shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof. 7 And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon: cover...: or, pour out withal 8 And they shall spread upon them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put in the staves thereof. 9 And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it: 10 And they shall put it and all the vessels thereof within a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put it upon a bar. 11 And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put to the staves thereof: 12 And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put them on a bar: 13 And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon: 14 And they shall put upon it all the vessels thereof, wherewith they minister about it, even the censers, the fleshhooks, and the shovels, and the basons, all the vessels of the altar; and they shall spread upon it a covering of badgers' skins, and put to the staves of it. basons: or, bowls 15 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.  

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          ii.    Gershonites:

               1.    They carried the curtains of the tabernacle, the first covering, the covering of badgers’ skins, the hanging of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, the hangings of the court, and the hanging for the door of the court. Ithamar, Aaron’s son, was in charge of the Gershonites. See Numbers 4:21-28Numbers 4:21-28
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21 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 22 Take also the sum of the sons of Gershon, throughout the houses of their fathers, by their families; 23 From thirty years old and upward until fifty years old shalt thou number them; all that enter in to perform the service, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation. to perform...: Heb. to war the warfare 24 This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, to serve, and for burdens: burdens: or, carriage 25 And they shall bear the curtains of the tabernacle, and the tabernacle of the congregation, his covering, and the covering of the badgers' skins that is above upon it, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, 26 And the hangings of the court, and the hanging for the door of the gate of the court, which is by the tabernacle and by the altar round about, and their cords, and all the instruments of their service, and all that is made for them: so shall they serve. 27 At the appointment of Aaron and his sons shall be all the service of the sons of the Gershonites, in all their burdens, and in all their service: and ye shall appoint unto them in charge all their burdens. appointment: Heb. mouth 28 This is the service of the families of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation: and their charge shall be under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.  

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          iii.    Merarites:

               1.    They carried the boards of the Tabernacle, the bars, the pillars and sockets. They also carried the pillars of the court, the sockets, pins and cords of the court. The sons of Merari were also in Ithama’s charge. See Numbers 4:29-36Numbers 4:29-36
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29 As for the sons of Merari, thou shalt number them after their families, by the house of their fathers; 30 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old shalt thou number them, every one that entereth into the service, to do the work of the tabernacle of the congregation. service: Heb. warfare 31 And this is the charge of their burden, according to all their service in the tabernacle of the congregation; the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and sockets thereof, 32 And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords, with all their instruments, and with all their service: and by name ye shall reckon the instruments of the charge of their burden. 33 This is the service of the families of the sons of Merari, according to all their service, in the tabernacle of the congregation, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. 34 And Moses and Aaron and the chief of the congregation numbered the sons of the Kohathites after their families, and after the house of their fathers, 35 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that entereth into the service, for the work in the tabernacle of the congregation: 36 And those that were numbered of them by their families were two thousand seven hundred and fifty.  

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″ – Moxley pages 142-143

     G.    When they moved everyone followed and moved as well.

     H.    This speaks to us that we are to Call others for God! Their actions spoke to others for God as well as the people seeing the cloud and fire signs.

     I.    These individuals were very aware that they communicated truths to other for God and they conducted themselves accordingly!

Conclusion:

•    To make a long story short, we need to realize that God said these men we “VERY ABLE” to do the work of God.
•    I hope you can see why I think God said this about them.
•    I hope that you will strive to let God work in your life so you can be “VERY ABLE” AS WELL!

To The Sinner:

•    Be saved!

To The Christian:

•    Learn from these people’s examples and be better able to serve God!

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About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is http://www.togetherinthegap.com. Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including http://linked2leadership.com and http://www.ifbkjv.com. Pastor Schank's Church website is http://www.greatcommissionbaptist.org
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