Barzillai was a wealthy man inside the Lord’s camp who sees to it that David and his men had full supply at all times—receiving in return a blessing for himself and for his descendants. Barzillai, the Jew, possessed exemplary vision for use of personal wealth.
Barzillai, pronounced bar-zil’-la-i (Heb. bar-zil-lah-ee), means “iron hearted” and is the name of three Israelites; of the three, Barzillai the Gileadite is our subject. According to Scripture, this man saw to it that David’s army was supplied. The record does not indidcate that David asked for Barzillai’s help; only that Barzillai supplied. When read that way — that without being asked, Barzillai supplied David from the resources of his own personal wealth — the ministry of this man was consistent with biblical purpose for wealth’s creation; namely, to bankroll (underwrite the expense of) God’s purposes.
Like Barzillai, there is a modern Barzillai company out there. Many in that company are unaware concerning their true investment potential: Markets come and go but God’s Kingdom has an eternal continuum; Barzillai is the Kingdom’s in-house model of personal wealth created for power to affect change.