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“And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they lacked nothing.” - 1 Kings 4:27.

The rule of delegating responsibilities and assigning people to walk in turns, and giving as many people as are capable the opportunity to work, had been in place right from time of old. This of course also prevents strain on each person, minimizes boredom, promotes efficiency, etc. In the time of King David he divided the priests into 24 courses or turns, two every month. (1 Chronicles 24:1-19)  David and his son Solomon, during their reign, put in place rosters for the running of every department, from his treasures to agriculture. David had as counselor, a wise man and a scribe, called Jonathan. There was an officer in charge of the King's sons. His counselor was Ahitophel and he had a companion or friend called Hushai. (1Chronicles 27:1-15; 2 Samuel 15:37)  King Solomon had 12 officers who provided supplies to the king every month. (1 Kings 4:7) The pattern of assigning so many people to help run the state provided training for all those involved and ensured that in each sphere there were people who could step in to work and to be leaders in every department at any time. It also made for peace among the people. When there were complains in the early Church on distribution of food, the apostles settled the matter by asking them to elect from among themselves “seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) and wisdom”, who were appointed to see to the daily distribution of food. - Acts 6:1-4.

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