The Organization of David (Daily Portion 10221)
Scripture Passage:1 Chronicles 27:1-34
David established a standing army as well as officers over different areas of the economy. God gave David a genius for organization that is clearly seen in this chapter.
What Does It Say?
- One of the captains over one of the monthly armed forces was Asahel the brother of _____________.
- Two of the captains, both ___________ and ____________ were called “the Netophathite.”
- The tribes also had special rulers. The ruler of Judah was __________, one of the brothers of David.
- Shitrai was ruler over the herds that fed in ____________.
- Joab is called the __________ of the king’s army.
What Does It Mean?
- The captain for the third month was Benaiah, the son of a chief priest (1 Chronicles 27:5). Benaiah served as one of David’s mighty men (1 Chronicles 27:6). Read about his exploits in 1 Chronicles 11:22-25. Was there any conflict between the son of a priest being a soldier? That is, should a priest have been a man of peace? Or was being a soldier completely compatible with being a priest? Consider 1 Chronicles 12:23-27. What is your answer? Why do you think this was so? Is there application for today?
- How can you reconcile the statement that Joab did not finish numbering the people (1 Chronicles 27:24) with the passages in 2 Samuel 24:9 and 1 Chronicles 21:4-6?
- David’s uncle Jonathan is called a counselor, a wise man, and a scribe (1 Chronicles 27:32). Using a dictionary to look up these words, tell what you think the separate duties of each position might include.
What Does It Mean to Me?
- This chapter begins (1 Chronicles 27:1) with a statement about how David established a standing army with officers that “came in, and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year.” Evidently, these soldiers would go about their regular business for eleven months of the year and then serve as soldiers of the king during the twelfth month. Why do you think David organized his army this way? What is the wisdom of this plan? How can we apply this wisdom to our own lives? How can we apply it to church ministry?
- When David numbered the people of Israel, he numbered only those old enough to be soldiers (1 Chronicles 27:23). But he also knew that the Lord had promised to increase Israel as the stars of heaven (Genesis 15:3-5), so he avoided counting every person. Many Bible students have argued about David’s exact sin in numbering the people of Israel. However, part of his sin was certainly pride. He wanted to know how big his army was so he could compare it with the armies of neighboring nations. How can we commit similar sins today? Why are we so quick to take credit for what God has done? What actions should we avoid in order to give God all the credit for His blessings?
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.