From the Pastor,
We didn’t look at the end of chapter 8 last week (verses 15-18), listing the officials under David’s rule. 15 So David reigned over all Israel; and David administered judgment and justice to all his people. 16 Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder (he kept the state records); 17 Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were the priests; Seraiah was the scribe (David’s secretary); 18 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David’s sons were chief ministers.
I think there’s at least one important lesson we can take away from these verses. If you remember the entire chapter had been about David’s victories, and it’s not coincidental that the end of the chapter lists those serving with David. Much of his success came from the great men around him. David was so successful because he wisely used other men in his life. Proverbs is a book filled with practical wisdom for life and one of its most common themes is men shouldn’t be one-man shows:
- Pro 11:14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
- Pro 15:22 Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
- Pro 24:6 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
There’s an almost identical list for David’s son Solomon, but we never saw any such list for Saul. The reason is probably that Saul viewed everyone as a threat. When he saw great leaders instead of wanting to use them, he became afraid of them. We saw that most clearly in his dealings with David.
Part of David’s success came from his ability to work with, train, empower and maintain such a team. Real leaders like David don’t see other leaders as a threat. They see them as valuable assets that should be used for God. As a church we want to be looking for the way God has gifted people and try to put them in places to use those gifts.