1 Kings 4:5 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king’s friend:
In Matthew 18:1 it says; “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” What a loaded question. It’s sort of the equivalent of being back in the schoolyard choosing teams for a game, with every child bouncing up and down, hand waving in the air yelling, “pick me, pick me.” Each one wanting to be chosen before someone else. The disciples question, “Who is the greatest,” is a question everyone will struggle with at some time in life.
While reading 1 Kings 4 we read how Solomon assembles a staff, or we might refer to it as a cabinet of people under him. David, his father had a rather small group of men under him, but Solomon expands that greatly. Some carried the titles of recorder, and priests. There was someone over the tribute, we would call him a treasurer. Some were placed over companies of men and regions. While others had the responsibilities of managing the king’s household. However, only one of them, Zabud, is called, “the king’s friend.” David had a man like this. In 2 Samuel 15:37 and 16:16 Hushai was referred to as David’s friend. These were men they considered to be private and trusted advisors. A real friend. Everyone, even King’s, need a friend. Someone they can trust and be rely on. Of all the positions, of all those men, in all the kingdom, I look at a man who is being a friend, as a pretty great position to have.
In John 15:15 Jesus said; “Henceforth I call you not servants; … but I have called you friends;” He goes on to say that He had chosen them. Christian, He picked you to be His friend. He trusts you with the gospel and relies on you to share it.
Will you be Jesus’ friend?
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