1 Chronicles 13

1 Chronicles 13 has David showing us how leaders work.  “David consulted with the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, with every leader”.  We learn a couple important lessons from David.  He recognized he couldn’t lead alone.  He did not even try, but created an organization with structure and authority.  He had his soldiers divided into groups of 100’s and then 1000’s to give command and control functionality.  So the chain of command was very orderly and well defined.

But David doesn’t just communicate with those at the top of the chain.  Notice that he consulted “with every leader”.   David had made his bets on who his key leaders were, but he didn’t lose track of those deeper in the ranks that were leading groups of men as well.  And he knew that ultimately it was the decisions of those leaders in the heat of the battle that would make or break his troops.  The real battle time decisions have to be made in the middle of the chaos so he wanted to be sure they were part of the discussion and knew his strategy.

David’s desire was to return the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.  So he tells his people “let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul”.  He wants to go get it, and convinces the people to join that journey.  So they went up to Kiriath-jearim and picked up the ark from the house of Abinadab and placed it on a cart to carry back to the City of David.  Along the way as they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, the oxen stumbled and Uzzah who was one of the drivers of the cart reached out to catch it and was immediately killed by God.

David was angry at God for what He had done to Uzzah.  But it wasn’t David’s call.  “And David was afraid of God that day”.  David decides not to take the ark any further but rather to lead it at the house of Obed-edom the Gittite for three months.  David wasn’t going to take any more chances in transporting it at the moment.  God blessed Obed-edom and his household as a result.  David got a reminder that day that God was still God and in control no matter what structure or design he had for his people.

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