Jun. 6. Remaining Officials and Duties

I Chron. 26:20-29:9

As David continued organizing the government for Israel’s new king, he appointed men to be in charge of the various treasuries of the temple. Those treasures consisted of the tithes, spoils of war and other dedicated valuables.

Judges were appointed to oversee the tribes on each side of the Jordan River. The west side of the river was under the oversight of seventeen hundred men led by Hashabiah. Jerijah led twenty-seven hundred men who were over the tribes of Ruben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. Those tribes had chosen many years earlier to remain on the eastern side of the Jordan instead of settling in Canaan.

Israel had an army of two hundred eighty-eight thousand soldiers. They were divided into twelve divisions of twenty-four thousand. Those divisions were commanded by captains and each group served for a period of one month during the year.

Each tribe of Israel was overseen by an officer. Those officers led the tribes in much the same way as a state governor directs affairs of state today with the king being comparable to the president of a country.

David was a man of great personal wealth. There were men designated to oversee the daily care of those various properties.

David was old and bedridden. He called for the religious, domestic and military leaders of Israel to formerly declare to them God’s selection of Solomon to succeed him as their king and to build the temple.

It had been his desire to build God’s house many years earlier, but he was forbidden because he had been a man of war and had shed blood. However, that had not prevented him from amassing many of the materials necessary for its construction and furnishing. He presented those materials and plans to his son, Solomon. Those plans were given to David by the Lord and were to be followed in every detail.

In his exhortation, David told that God had chosen him from the house of Judah to be their ruler. Many centuries later, Christ another Ruler would come from the house of Judah to establish His spiritual kingdom, the church.

David further instructed Solomon regarding the necessity of his following God as he led Israel. “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.” That continues to be much needed advice for the leaders of today’s nations.

He added, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.”

In order to further involve the people in the temple construction, a freewill offering of precious metals and stones was taken. That was in addition to an offering that David had presented from his own personal treasures.