Archive for July 9th, 2015

1 Chronicles 18

1 Chronicles 18 has David defeating and subduing the Philistines.  The Philistines had troubled Israel for centuries, and often dominated Israel.  Under David’s leadership, God’s people began to take territory from the enemy.  But it went further as he defeated the Moabites who became servants and brought treasure to them.  God did not want Israel to destroy every neighbor nation. Generally, God wanted Israel to be so blessed and strong that other nations were “taxed” by Israel, in recognition of their strength and dominance.

He also defeats King Hadadezer and then the Syrians.  Scripture tells us the real story of the chapter: “The Lord gave victory to David wherever he went”.  Let’s be clear about these victories.  David was a great leader and warrior, but it is God who gets the glory for what happens.  David was his anointed and blessed leader, but God is the victor.  Then David took what was the glory of the enemy and transformed it into trophies of the power and goodness of God.

He took much gold and bronze and silver as spoils and gave it to Solomon to use for God’s glory.  “These also King David dedicated to the Lord”.  David knew where this victory came from and dedicated the spoils to God and His temple.  David created a great kingdom but doesn’t let the power and wealth go to his head.  “David reigned over all Israel, and he administered justice and equity to all his people”.  He led well and took care of his people.  But he didn’t do it alone.

We see his leadership extend to those key men around him:

  • Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army
  • Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder
  • Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests
  • Shavsha was secretary
  • Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites
  • David’s sons were the chief officials in the service of the king

He had a close group of trusted leaders that did the work of the day as David provided the leadership at the top.  And it was a family affair as his sons were part of the leadership team and served in his service as well.

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