David was at the end of his life so he got his affairs in order and obtained many of the supplies needed so his now grown son Solomon could build the Temple. The Temple was a symbol of the nation’s commitment to God. At a large assembly, David enlisted the help of Israel’s leaders to work in unity on the upcoming Temple project; responsibilities were assigned and genealogies were chronicled.
It was a time to ponder their heritage. David read the names of Levi’s sons, and then said this about Aaron, Levi’s grandson and the firstborn to Amram, “Aaron, along with his descendants, was set apart forever to consecrate the most holy things, to burn incense in the presence of Yahweh, to minister to Him, and to pronounce blessings in His name forever.” Although blessings in the name of the Lord would go on forever, it was the beginning of the end for King David. Reflection is a good thing, especially when looking back upon a godly heritage. I hope that as he thought about his life, David’s mind was full of meaningful memories, for he was a hero to many.
One of my heroes is Ted Hope. By the time we got to know him in the initial stages of Bible translation for the people group we served in Asia, he had already been involved with over fifty Bible translation projects. He and his dear wife Nell helped the Lisu tribe in Thailand become Christians. When Dr. Hope and Russell traveled together in China, they sought out the grave of yet another godly man, a British missionary named J.O. Fraser who brought the Good News of Jesus to the Chinese Lisu. Inscribed on his gravestone are Jesus’ words from John 12:24, “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
Aaron and his descendants were set apart to pronounce God’s blessings. King David strongly led in his generation and his songs still lead us to worship God today. God used James Fraser in incredible ways to bless the Lisu of China. Ted Hope carried on that good work with the Lisu in Thailand. We are all given one life to live. Will those who come after us remember us for our love for God and His people? Are we bearing fruit as people who die to self to live for God?