23Joab once again became the commander of David’s army. Benaiah son of Jehoiada was commander of the king’s bodyguard. 24Adoniram was in charge of the labor force. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian. 25Sheva was the court secretary. Zadok and Abiathar were the priests. 26Ira the Jairite was David’s personal priest. 2 Samuel 20:23-26
David the man after God’s heart. It is very important to understand why God called him “The man after God’s heart” it was not himself who called himself “The man after God’s heart”
You don’t have to call yourself by titles but let the people see who you are and be the ones who calls you by titles.
- The secret of David’s successful leadership.
- He appointed people into positions of power to help him with the great work ahead of him.
- Joab was appointed the commander of David’s army. Verse 23
- Benaiah son of Jehoiada was the commander of the king’s body guard.
- Adoniram was in charge of the labour force.
- Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.
- Sheva was the court secretary.
- Zadok and Abiathar were the priests, general priests for all the army and people of Israel.
- Ira the Jaitrite was David’s personal priest. This one’s work was to pray and advice king David in the spiritual things regarding his service for the Lord. Kings were supposed to please God at all costs. Hence the personal priest for David.
- WE NEED PRAYER PARTNERS WHO WILL SERVE US THROUGH PRAYER.
- Pastors and servants of God need people who will minister to them through prayers, and spiritual advice. For people to qualify to do such a high calling they need to qualify and be fully appointed by god in the lives of the servants of God. Not every Christian can be able to do this high calling. The high calling involves the following:
- Regularly praying for your pastor wherever you are, no need to go to the pastor and pray over him or her.
- Regularly serving your pastor by going where he sent you to go for him in his work such as visiting some members on behalf of the pastor.
- Regularly listen to God for divine revelation that you need to quantify before you can tell them to the pastor. You become Nathan who was used by God to speak to David and David trusted Nathan that is why he listened to Nathan when he was speaking to him.
- You too, as a spoke person of God, you need to have a good attitude and good approach to the servant of God. He must have full trust in you and respect of the highest order.
- Elishah literally served Elijah
Elisha accepted this call about four years before the death of Israel’s King Ahab. For the next seven or eight years Elisha became Elijah’s close attendant until Elijah was taken up into heaven.
Elisha was appointed by Elijah as his successor and had been his attendant for six years. Elijah served as head prophet, and Elisha worked closely with him, being known as the one who “poured out water upon the hands of Elijah” when Elijah washed his hands.—2Ki 2:3-5; 3:11.
- It is indeed a privilege to serve servants of God, and you don’t have to overdo it, do as the spirit lead.
- You can serve also by taking care of the pastor’s children while they are out shopping.
- The most high calling to serve your pastor is to pray for him daily and intercede for them greatly so that they should not take short cuts in serving God.
- TWO MESSENGERS WHO TOOK THE MESSAGE TO DAVID AFTER THE DEATH OF ABSALOM.
One was called and the other called himself.
2 SAMUEL 18:19-35
19Then Zadok’s son Ahimaaz said, “Let me run to the king with the good news that the LORD has saved him from his enemy Absalom.” 20“No,” Joab told him, “it wouldn’t be good news to the king that his son is dead. You can be my messenger some other time, but not today.”
THE APPLICATION OF THIS STORY
- Ahimaaz self-appointed messenger
- Ahimaaz was not called, he called himself. Verse 19.
- Ahimaaz was stopped from his calling to take the so called Good news to David. Verse 2.
- He was not thrown away that he cannot be a messenger, but he was told that not now. Verse 20.
- He ignored the secret and power of waiting or patience. He wanted to serve during his own time and not the appointed time according to the divine appointment.
- One man was called by God and he said to God “Not now, I am still busy working and later on I will respond. He indeed responded and bought a big tent and instruments and went out preaching and nothing happened. Then he asked God why nothing is happening and God said to him “You responded at your own time and not at God’s appointed time.”
- Cush divinely appointed messenger.
21Then Joab said to a man from Cush, “Go tell the king what you have
seen.” The man bowed and ran off. 22But Ahimaaz continued to plead
with Joab, “Whatever happens, please let me go, too.” “Why should you go, my son?” Joab replied. “There will be no reward for you.” 23“Yes, but let me go anyway,” he begged. Joab finally said, “All right, go ahead.” Then Ahimaaz took a shortcut across the plain of the Jordan and got to Mahanaim ahead of the man from Cush. S Samuel 20: 21-24
- When the man from Cush was sent he responded immediately. Verse 21
- This man had no name, he was called the man from Cush. Cush stands for Africa. He was a man from Africa, who took the message to David the King and not a man from Israel Ahimaaz.
- God has his own way of doing things beyond our own understanding.
- The man from Cush bowed down and ran off. Verse 21. We need to run when God calls us and sent us out to serve him. We don’t have to drag our legs when God sent us, but we need to run, criminals are running, bad people of all types are running in order to fulfil their bad intentions, witches are not even running, they are flying using any means of airplanes to fulfil their darkness assignment given to them.
- The man from Cush ran with the clear message, that Absalom is dead.
- Ahimaaz insisted that he wanted to go too, verse 22.
- Ahimaaz was told that there was no reward for him to go there. Verse 22.
- Ahimaaz admitted that there was no reward for him but still he wanted to go. Verse 23.
- Ahimaaz was eventually allowed to go on his own accord and not as supposed to be. Verse 23.
- Ahimaaz since he know that the man of Cush was almost half way, he took a short cut to the place where the message was supposed to be taken.
- Let us by all means avoid serving God through short cuts.
- Ministries started yesterday and they took short cuts and they seem to be flourishing and you go there.
- The work of the Lord need patience and process.
- God is interested in our character building rather than our eloquence, talent and gifting. They are all needed but the godly character is what is needed.
- Because of the short cut he took, he arrived first and started giving the message that was not clear. Verse
29“What about young Absalom?” the king demanded. “Is he all right?” Ahimaaz replied, “When Joab told me to come, there was a lot of commotion. But I didn’t know what was happening.” 30“Wait here,” the king told him.
Ask God to call you to serve him by serving your pastor through prayer and many other ways that I cannot specify, only the Holy Spirit can specify those tasks for you.