Some of them had charge of the utensils of service, for they were required to count them when they were brought in and taken out.Others of them were appointed over the furniture and over all the holy utensils, also over the fine flour, the wine, the oil, the incense, and the spices.Others, of the sons of the priests, prepared the mixing of the spices,and Mattithiah, one of the Levites, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with making the flat cakes.—1 Chronicles 9:28
1 Chron. 9:31 and Mattithiah . . . was entrusted with making the flat cakes. The responsibilities of vv. 28–31 may strike the modern reader as obscure and dull. Perhaps they seemed so to the ancient reader as well. Nevertheless, the whole work of the sanctuary depended on the faithfulness of these men; and all of God’s people may take comfort from this reminder that God both notices and remembers those who faithfully perform routine tasks in service to him. The mention of these servants was probably a source of pride to their later descendants.
As a stay-at-home-mom for many years, this passage reminds me that in God’s Kingdom, seemingly small or boring tasks done faithfully are important. God entrusts moms and dads with raising the next generation! Perhaps that is cooking and baking, to the glory of God. Perhaps teaching children to read. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” There are many routine acts of service that may go unnoticed by others, but when we serve faithfully and joyfully, the joy is really ours. Our duty is actually a delight!