Choosing a king!

Scripture Reading for February 26: Deuteronomy 17-20

 In Deuteronomy 17, Moses gave instructions to the Israelites about what would transpire after they entered the promised land.  He stated that they would want a king like the other nations around them.  (Deuteronomy 17:14) God’s foreknowledge enabled Moses to prepare God’s people for the future.

The first rule of choosing a king, is to appoint one chosen by the Lord Himself!  He must come from his own brothers so he can understand the people and the problems they face.  A foreigner would not have a proper understanding. (Deuteronomy 17:15)  Jesus Christ was God’s chosen ruler to be King over His people!  He is actually King over the universe!  He is one of us, being born of a woman.  He was tempted in all ways like us, yet without sin.  He came from the Father, and knew and willingly did the Father’s will!

God, through Moses told the people that moral character was critical in their king.  The king was not to gather large numbers of horses or send people to Egypt to get them. This king was not to take a large number of wives, because the wives would lead his heart astray.  Some of these wives might lead the king into idolatry and cause his downfall.  He must not gather large amounts of silver and gold. (Deuteronomy 17: 16-17) These things often lead to idolatry and pride. 

The last instructions for the king was that he was to write for himself a copy of the law taken from priests.  The purpose was that the king would know the law and Word of God and keep and uphold it in his kingdom.  It was to help him with pride and thinking that he was better than his brothers.  It would help him revere God and honor Him alone.(Deuteronomy 17:18-20)  The fruit of obeying these instructions was a long reign and peace!

As you consider these ancient instructions, are their any human rulers who are applying these instructions? How did Jesus Christ apply and fulfil these instructions? Have you made Him your King?

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