THE CAKE MAKER
1 Chronicles 9:2 (ESV)
2 Now the first to dwell again in their possessions in their cities were Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the temple servants…17 …The gatekeepers were Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, for the four chief gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted to be over the chambers and the treasures of the house of God. 27 And they lodged around the house of God, for on them lay the duty of watching, and they had charge of opening it every morning. 28 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. 29 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. 30 Others, of the sons of the priests, prepared the mixing of the spices, 31 and Mattithiah, one of the Levites, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with making the flat cakes. 32 Also some of their kinsmen of the Kohathites had charge of the showbread, to prepare it every Sabbath. 33 Now these, the singers, the heads of fathers’ houses of the Levites, were in the chambers of the temple free from other service, for they were on duty day and night.
Here, in the middle of a list of massively important figures—like the four men who opened the house of God every morning and the singers who had no other service “for they were on duty day and night”—is the peculiar mention of one temple servant—who was a cake maker. The buildup is almost palpable: “Mattithiah, one of the Levites, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite”—what an introduction! And then, and THEN, “was entrusted with making the flat cakes.” And you almost skip over this. This is an incredibly plain detail. And yet as we examine it, we realize that God put this very detail in the Bible intentionally. He himself is aware of the gatekeeper, the singer, and the cake maker. Nothing we truly do for the Lord is ever insignificant.
Father, help us to be faithful and steadfast in all that you’ve called us to do, so that we may one day hear Your “Well done, good and faithful servant”. In Jesus’ name, Amen.