1 Chronicles 27:25-34 – Blessings for A Godly King: Instructive for Our Current Time

Posted: June 10, 2020 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 27:25-34

Officials of David’s Kingdom

The thing that you notice right away is how well-organized David’s kingdom was and I guess it had to be. The kingdom under David was very blessed and thus there was an abundance of all kinds of things that had to be organized and managed. The wisdom of David in creating these organizational structures is instructive in and of itself and we have talked about that before here in our walk through 1 Chronicles. So, what is that is striking for us to think about today. I think it is about the idea of David being a blessed man (which resulted in him having to create all this organization to manage it). That got me to thinking about the fact that Israel the nation was very blessed during the time of David as king. Then, the idea that came forth was that the leader of a nation is and should be an example to his people. For Israel, David was a devout God-fearing man. Even though he had some horrible sin episodes in his life, for the most part, David was characterized as “a man after God’s own heart!” David wrote most of the Psalms. The story of his life is one episode after another where he seeks to do God’s will. He sought God’s will in prayer before doing most things in his life. He would sing praises to the Lord whenever he could. He gave God the glory for every highlight of his life. He understood his sins and the punishments for them and always repented. He believed God’s Word and lived a life to glorify God. The nation followed suit by his example. All of Israel was blessed because of the example of a godly king.

That brings us to America today. That brings us to Donald Trump. I have tried my best to be a supporter of this man not so much because I like but rather because I believe in the ideals of the Republican Party. I have given him the benefit of the doubt. I have even thought too sometimes that thank God for once we have a President that isn’t politically correct and says what needs to be said. Certainly, until the virus took our economy down, it was reaching new heights of gross output and jobs expansion. His pro-business stance has been good for the economy. The American people are most content when 96% or more of us have jobs. The American people are less likely to have civil unrest when virtually all able Americans are working. And, in that Republican ideal of jobs create prosperity and jobs put food on the table. These are Republican ideals about how a free market system can help us solve a lot of social ills by expanding the pie of the economy so that more people are lifted out of poverty. As Bill Clinton said when people asked him why he had such a commanding lead in the polls during his re-election campaign, he said, “It’s the economy, stupid!” So, for all the sometimes amazingly ill conceived comments of President Trump, I would tolerate it because economically the nation was doing really well. I would say that “man, I wish they would make a law where the president has to give up his social media accounts while in office so Trump would have no outlet for some of his lunatic statements!” or “the man is his own worst enemy” or “sometimes I just wish he would shut up while he’s ahead!”

Further, I thought he was destined for re-election in November 2020 because of the economy. And without the virus and the latest thing, the civil unrest over the death of another black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police, it would have only been about the economy. In that, he would have won by a landslide no matter how much the Democrats tried to tear him down this summer and fall. And I would have continued to cringe over Trump but give him a pass because I simply don’t agree with the seemingly socialist agenda of the Democratic Party. I have decided that though I think he is an arrogant fool, he is blocking that agenda for the time being. I had just been praying that we would survive his lunacy and hope for a more reasonable, more well-spoken, less wild horse, Republican candidate in the future that I could really get behind and believe in.

owever, I am at an impasse with Trump at the moment. When the country needs a President that can see the larger picture that it needs a leader who demonstrates reconciliation. His public persona over this whole civil unrest period of the past two weeks (and is still ongoing, as I see it, from now probably for the next several months if not longer). Trump instead of leading us to a place where we can all be calm and talk about the issues that divide us, he is simply pouring gasoline on it with his combative I’m right/you’re wrong attitude that he takes on everything. We need a President who wants to heal, to reconcile, to bring America together, and not to add fuel to the rocket that is sending America away from free market economics toward socialism. He should know that racism is wrong but he simply sees all of this as a threat to his presidency and has gone on the us vs. them, I’m right/you’re wrong approach that he takes on everything. I am fearful of what his re-election may do to our country. At this point, I am almost willing for the Republican Party to lose in November 2020 and regroup for 2024 WITHOUT TRUMP. I am to the point of dealing with Biden for four years until we Republicans can convince Nikki Haley to run for President in 2024.

Why do I say all this? Countries reflect their leaders, plain and simple. We follow their lead. As we see in the Bible, Israel was blessed under David because David was a God-fearing man. He lead the nation by his example and they followed suit. As a result, Israel was blessed by David’s example to follow. In Trump, we have a combative, ego-driven President who sees things only from his perspective and not what is best for the nation as a whole. His example has driven the country to the same attitude both for and against every subject of social discourse. He is not the leader we need right now. Right now, we need a President who is broken-hearted over the broken nature of our nation. We need a God-fearing man who is seeking the ministry of reconciliation of all men to God, as we are called by the Apostle Paul to be. We need that kind of President. We need a president that is after God’s own heart like David.

With that idea in mind, of why Israel was so blessed and it being because of the devout love that its top guy, the king (King David), had for the Lord, let’s read about all this organization that was needed to manage the blessings, here, in our passage, 1 Chronicles 27:25-34:

25 Azmaveth son of Adiel was in charge of the palace treasuries.

Jonathan son of Uzziah was in charge of the regional treasuries throughout the towns, villages, and fortresses of Israel.

26 Ezri son of Kelub was in charge of the field workers who farmed the king’s lands.

27 Shimei from Ramah was in charge of the king’s vineyards.

Zabdi from Shepham was responsible for the grapes and the supplies of wine.

28 Baal-hanan from Geder was in charge of the king’s olive groves and sycamore-fig trees in the foothills of Judah.[a]

Joash was responsible for the supplies of olive oil.

29 Shitrai from Sharon was in charge of the cattle on the Sharon Plain.

Shaphat son of Adlai was responsible for the cattle in the valleys.

30 Obil the Ishmaelite was in charge of the camels.

Jehdeiah from Meronoth was in charge of the donkeys.

31 Jaziz the Hagrite was in charge of the king’s flocks of sheep and goats.

All these officials were overseers of King David’s property.

32 Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a wise counselor to the king, a man of great insight, and a scribe. Jehiel the Hacmonite was responsible for teaching the king’s sons. 33 Ahithophel was the royal adviser. Hushai the Arkite was the king’s friend. 34 Ahithophel was succeeded by Jehoiada son of Benaiah and by Abiathar. Joab was commander of the king’s army.

In this passage, we see that David’s kingdom was well-organized and at the same time was very blessed. The Lord had shown Israel favor because of David’s being such a devout God-fearing man. Certainly, David had his moments where sin got the best of him (and he paid for some of those sins for the rest of his life). However, his repentant nature, his willingness to understand how his own sins had impacted his life, and his deep love for and obedience toward God resulted in God showing David favor. Because David was a God-fearing man, the nation of Israel had an example to follow in David. Therefore, through David, the entire nation was blessed. Toward the end of and subsequent to Solomon’s reign, both the northern part of the kingdom and the southern part of the Davidic kingdom began to fall away from the devoutness exemplified by David and God began to withdraw His favor from the Israelites.

The lack of godly leaders led Israel into a spiral of division that led to the division of the kingdom into two separate kingdoms. The continued lack of godly leaders in the separate nations after that ultimately led to the destruction and conquering of both the northern and southern kingdoms. What David received as blessing was ultimately in tatters after it being handed over to ungodly kings. Is that where we are as a nation. Are we going to disintegrate in the hands of ungodly men?

Our nation needs healing. Our nation needs to recognize the weeping and mourning of those who are weeping and mourning in protest. We need reconciliation to each other and to God. We need a godly leader to set that example of how to make that happen. We do not need belligerence. We do not need us vs. them. We do not need win at all cost. We do not need domination. We do not need I just wish that it would all go away. We need reconciliation. We need reasonable discourse. Right now, we are not getting that and thus the division and destruction will most likely get worse. Let us pray for a godly man or woman to arise in our future to return our nation to the Lord!

Amen and Amen.

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