2 Samuel 8: The Importance of a Team

15 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people. 16 Joab son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder; 17 Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelek son of Abiathar were priests; Seraiah was secretary; 18 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites and Pelethites; and David’s sons were priests. -2 Samuel 8:15-18

David was king, but he didn’t lead alone. In addition to listing his victories, 2 Samuel 8 notes some of David’s key men on his leadership team.

Joab led the army. Jehoshaphat was recorder and was in charge of his day’s equivalent of publicity and archives. Zadok and Ahimelek were the top priests. Seraiah was secretary, leading more like a Secretary of State than as an office assistant. Benaiah was over certain people groups and was also listed as one of David’s mighty men. David’s sons served as priests.

David did not lead alone; his success required a team. Our stories may focus on the key leader, but no leader survives long on his or her own. God gives us these insights for our good today as well. Are you in a place of leadership or influence? Build a team around you. As you do, perhaps God will grant you great success too. But one thing is certain–without a team, you won’t be leading for long.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.


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