This is the second entry on the Warriors of David. In Part 1, we have went through the reasons why modern Christians should learn from the warriors of David. The warriors of David are relevant in todays world as Christians now serves the Lord Jesus in establishing the kingdom of God. This is liken to the days when the warriors aided David in establishing his kingdom

Besides having the basic trust and reliance, God requires his children to be willing to take up positions within the church, and such requires willing believers to take up the roles. God did not choose angels to accomplish this role, because God wanted to establish his kingdom together with his children , he wanted his children to share in Gods glory.

In order to appreciate the situations surrounding the warriors of David it is necessary for us to understand the Era of King David

Historical Setting Of The Warriors of David

It is tempting for many who reads the Old Testament Bible to think that the split among the tribes of Israel began only in the times of Rehoboam the son of Solomon (1 Kings 12). But how many of us would have imagined that the split happened much earlier? In fact the splits happened during the reign of Solomon as well.

After the death of King Saul, Abner (Saul’s Cousin) the general of Saul’s army made Ishbosheth the son of Saul as king over all Israel. 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel followed Abner and continue their support for the house of Saul. Only the Tribe Of Judah followed David. (2 Sam 2:8-11).

The Leadership of David

The leadership style of King David is very different from the politicians of our times. Over the times we see how dictators goes about mass murdering his oppositions to preserve their regime. This is especially true when we read about Chinese history, the deceptions and the craftiness of man were littered all over her 5000 years history. History had also seen the rule of famous dictators like Pol Pot, Hitler and Stalin.

The motivation of David is somewhat different from the leaders of our time, David wanted to lead the people of Israel to have a correct faith, to have a faith with God.

It’s a daunting task for David to unify the Israelite kingdom especially when the rest of the tribes do not follow David. If David were to take the path of the modern despots, he would have declare a civil war against the house of Saul and. Some ancient Chinese may even say that David had the “Mandate from Heaven” and could jolly well use it and start a rebel army.

Others may advice him to take advantage of the fact that David is anointed by Prophet Samuel and paint a smear campaign on Abner by portraying him as someone who disobeyed the will of God

It is at this point then we can see the magnanimous heart of David. David is a king without ambition who loves the people of God like a shepherd cares for his sheep. David refuse to go into battle against his brethren and was willing to wait for the people to change their heart. He exercises this patience toward King Saul and now he is using the same treatment to the house of Israel. (2 Sam 2:11). David believe in Gods promise that he will be king, but he will not use his methods to accomplish the will of God. (Think about Rachel in Genesis & Jeroboam the king of Israel, they all tried to accomplish the will of God using their own methods, this is a great contrast against David)

Finally, the elders of Israel were moved by the spirit of God and the love of David, they relented, they all came to David saying

“Indeed we are your bone and your flesh. Also, in time past, even when Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the LORD your God said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over My people Israel.” (1 Chron 11:1-3)

How many of us would remember that David waited 7.5 years for that verse to happen?

Lessons Gathered In This Study

Davids leadership method was based on his faith, there are many Christians authors who like to make business books out of David, but sometimes I wonder, if Davids method of running the kingdom be used in a secular organisation, will chaos occur?

David did not establish his kingdom using the methods that are commonly used in companies and nation building. That is because Gods house is NOT a worldly organisation or a business

In business and politics, we practise meritocracy, we rewards people who bring in profits and persecute those who bring losses. We make use of people when they have a contributions and fire those who are not performing. There is a saying that in the midst of rewards one can often find heroes. The worldly organisation wants everything from you especially if you are capable. When you are old and worn out, they kick you away, making way for new capable people.

We live in a very realistic world that focus on numbers and profits, but the house of God do not work like this. God has a sense of values that differs from the world.

Although the house of God is made up of many people, each with a different idea and mentality. (This is somewhat similar to business and politics), it is tempting for us to employ worldly tactics to secure our positions and power and to get things moving. But have we ever realised that it is very difficult to judge if an individual is contributing to the church or not?

In the parable of the Talents(Matt 25:14-30), God’s reward for the servant with 5 talents and the 2 talents are the same Matt 25:21,23, he only rebuke the servant with 1 talents because he refuse to use it to serve God. So.. if we are going to apply meritocracy to it, will we make the one with 5 talents the manager? If the worker with 2 talent could produce 10 talents, will he be rewarded even more by the master? Will we retrench the staff with 1 talent because he is a liability to the organisation? If we were to judge by world standards, how many of the our brethren will have to be sack in order for the church to be effective?

God only requires all his children to put in all the effort to serve God, it doesn’t really practise the appraisal and rewards system as the world does.

God values the a widows 2 mites more than the thousands of talents placed in the temple Treasury(Mk 12:41-44), he values 1 sinner repenting more than 99 who does not need repentance (Lk 15:6-7) , 1 lost coin more than 9 coins (Lk 15:9-10) and the return of 1 prodigal son just as important as his son who serves him dutifully all this years (Lk 15:31-32).

Yes God requires his children to use their talents to establish his kingdom, he is ever waiting for them to respond to his call and to take up positions that he had intended. He has even distributed his gifts so that his children has to work together in order to accomplish the great work to save the souls of others. But God does not need them to apply their worldly work methods to establish his kingdom.

We often tend to abuse the verse
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Zech 4:6 to say that God do not require might and power. If we were to think about it, God is encouraging Zerubbabel not to rely on power and might but to rely on God, but that doesn’t mean power and might is not need. If Zerubbabel only spends his time praying and not rebuilding the temple, will the temple have been built?

David also once said in his Psalm
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” – David (Ps 20:7)

Personally I feel that leadership skills are needed in the church, but we have to make a differentiation between, real leadership skills in the church verses the ones in the world. For example, You may be a CEO of a large company, an Project Manager, or Sales Director of the multinational company. But you need not have the skills to lead a group of brethren in service to the Lord.

You may be a colonel in the army, a commissioned officer, but you need not have the expertise to lead the armies of the Lord.

God requires brethren who had talents and love for God flock to serve him in the church. God requires brave and willing warriors with talents that could work together to establish his kingdom .

In Gods kingdom, many things works the opposite just like how Jesus said it

“”The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.” – Jesus (Lk 22:25-27)

God did not need us to bring in our office politics (AKA shrewdness in the workplace), our methods to manage our vendors through long emails and official correspondence. Our management skills to to “set directions” and “having long meetings”. God did not need us to do peer appraisal and performance review.

God did not care about numbers, performance that are quantifiable, but rather he desires everyone to put in their utmost effort to serve him. It doesn’t matter if you have 1 , 2, or 5 talents, what is most important is that we are all good and faithful servants.

As we learn to establish the kingdom of God using our trust in God as well as our talents, as we study deeper into the warriors of David together, let us also learn not to treat the house of God like the worldly organsation. Let us learn not to run the church by deploying worldly methods of management.

The bible concluded their records of the Warriors of David with the following verse
“Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.” (1 Chron 12:22)

Let us learn to work together to form the army of God, not using worldly organisation methods, but in accordance to Gods will.