You are welcome in the name of God to this incisive teaching on King David.I will be teaching on the scandal he had and his attempt at covering it up.
Let’s open our Bible to 2 Sam 11.
In the spring, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, his mercenaries, and Israel’s army to war…vs1a
According to Jewish commentators,months Nissan and Abbib were best times when Kings went to war because the rains were over,there were grass in the fields,fruit on the trees,and so there would be food for horse and men.These times,Kings used to be at the battle ground.
It was one of these periods King David decided to be idle,inactive and just relax a bit at least “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy”,which means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring…Right? Huuumm.
Do you know believers are kings?
“…and has made us kings and priests unto God and his Father”-Rev 1:6
“And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”-Rev 5:10
“But you are the chosen race, the King’s priests, the holy nation, God’s own people…”1Peter 2:9
Do you know you are supposed to be at the battle ground now enforcing the victory that has been won by Christ? Do you know that this is the best time to be at the war front,especially now when the harvest is ripe but the workers are few?
Kings! Are you at your duty post?
While it may be good to have a rest or a time of relaxation,a king should define the purpose of that break. Am I going on break on health grounds,to get refreshed in the presence of God or because I am too lazy to carry on the task at hand?
We live in a world where leaders delegate responsibilities that are very crucial to their own existence. In their quest to groom people under them,the leaders allow their followers to learn or do certain things while they relax and get report from their followers. It is good.However,there are responsibilities that should never be delegated!
Your personal prayer life as kings should not be handed over to prayer warriors while you are engrossed with money matters!
Let’s study the early disciples and see how they delegated responsibilities:
“About this time, when the number of disciples was continually increasing, the Greeks complained that in the daily distribution of food the Hebrew widows were being given preferential treatment. The twelve summoned the whole body of the disciples together and said, “It is not right that we should have to neglect preaching the Word of God in order to look after the accounts. You, our brothers, must look round and pick out from your number seven men of good reputation who are both practical and spiritually-minded and we will put them in charge of this matter. Then we shall devote ourselves whole-heartedly to prayer and the ministry of the Word.”
They were willing to delegate accounting issues to the deacons while they devoted their time to prayers and the ministry of the word.I guess you now know the reason these early disciples were firebrands.Even those people they put in charge of distribution of food and accounting too were very ‘hot’ deacons.Do you know Stephen was one of them?
Today the reverse is the case.Many kings have put serious spiritual matters into the hands of their followers while they pleasure themselves with mundane and ephemeral things! I am sure if it were to be today,many leaders would prefer to be the head of the sharing and distribution committee.Hahahaha.It is well.
When you delegate responsibilities to the Joabs in your life,what are you preoccupied with yourself?
Unlike King David,today’s kings are fighting a spiritual war and that makes it even more serious,tasking and daunting.
“Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.”-1 Peter 5:8
Where are you?
Are you at the front of the battle?
Have you delegated your main responsibilities of prayer and personal bible study as leaders to your followers?
Or are you at ease in Zion strategizing on how to please your sinful nature?
…to be continued.