Son’s tend to want to be like their dads. It always thrilled my heart and often thrilled my young son’s heart when we wore matching shirts. We had several. Some dress, some t-shirts and some casual; but, as a little boy we probably matched once every couple of weeks. In this epilogue to the early reign of David, it is awesome that the traits that drew his sons were his spiritual traits. It did not say David’s sons were warriors, it said they were priests. They took the importance of serving God as paramount to defeating armies. That had to be significant issue in the kingdom. Clearly, the people were fine with it, and it showed the leadership of old where the judges were more spiritual leaders than military.
In our lives, it would be awesome if our kids modeled the spiritual side of our lives. It would clearly up the stakes to be accountable. It would also drive more discussion and discipleship in the home. It will also allow the family to focus on encouraging, praying and building each other up. We as Christians should make a goal to do one thing that focuses on God—besides Church each week and have different family members be in charge. The legacy we build in our family will be apparent for generations to come.
God Bless You
14 He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.
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.[h]