David’s Administrative Officials

In 2 Samuel 8:15–18, the creation of an empire, though still small in comparison with the great powers of today, required the creation of a bureaucracy to administer its affairs. The principal officers were:

  • Joab, military commander;
  • Jehoshaphat, record keeper;
  • Zadok and Ahimelech chief priests;
  • Seraiah … secretary;
  • Benaiah (2 Samuel 23:2–23), leader of the elite Kerethite and Pelethite troops (also mentioned in 1 Sam. 30:14; 2 Sam. 15:18; 20:7, 23; 1 Kings 1:38, 44; 1 Chron. 18:17; Ezek. 25:16; Zeph. 2:5, and possibly related to the Philistines in some way).

David’s own sons were royal advisers (kōhănîm). This Hebrew word, usually rendered “priests,” is explained in 1 Chronicles 18:17 as “chief officials” (cf. 2 Sam. 20:26). This no doubt is the better meaning since David’s sons, as Judeans, were ineligible to serve as priests. The mention of Zadok and Ahimelech together (8:17) indicates the transition that was occurring in the office of priest.

Ahimelech, son of Abiathar, was a descendant of Eli, whose priestly line Samuel had said would come to an end (1 Sam. 3:10–14). Zadok was a descendant of Aaron through Eleazar (1 Chron. 6:4–8). Through Zadok the line of priests eventually continued through the remainder of Old Testament times.

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Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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