Obil the Ishmaelite was in charge of the camels. Jehdeiah from Meronoth was in charge of the donkeys. Jaziz the Hagrite was in charge of the king’s flocks of sheep and goats. All these officials were overseers of King David’s property.
To our modern eyes, these names with their hometowns or ancestry seem like quaint details that are otherwise meaningless. But look more closely.
Jaziz was a Hagrite, descendants of Abraham’s banished concubine Hagar. Relations between Israel and the Hagrites were usually hostile. The tribe of Reuben battled against them repeatedly (1 Chronicles 5:10, 19-20). Asaph, the psalmist, asked God to curse the Hagrites (Psalm 83).
We were once foreigners to God’s grace too (Ephesians 2:11). We “lived in this world without God and without hope,” but “now all of us can come to the Father,” the top tier of power (Ephesians 2:12, 18).
The New Testament tells us, “You Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family” (Ephesians 2:19). Praise God that we, who are Gentiles, have become members of God’s household.