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Instructions for the future!

Scripture Reading for February 26th: Deuteronomy 17-20

We serve a God who knows the future!  In Deuteronomy 17, Moses gave instructions to the Israelites about what would transpire after they enter the promised land.  He told them they would want a king like the other nations.  (Deuteronomy 17:14)  We know from history, that is exactly what happened!

They were to appoint a king chosen by the Lord Himself!  He must come from his own brothers so he would understand the people and the problems they face.  (Deuteronomy 17:15)  The king must have strong moral character.  He 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 might lead his heart astray.  He must not gather large amounts of silver and gold and depend on money or power. (Deuteronomy 17: 16-17) These things could lead to idolatry and take the king’s focus away from serving the Lord and the people.   The king was to write a copy God’s law for himself.  This would help the king to know the law and uphold it in his kingdom.   It would help him hold God’s law in reverence and honor God! (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)

Jesus Christ met all these characteristics!  He came from His own people and could identify with their needs and problems.  He did not put his trust in military power and certainly did not lead the people to Egypt.  He also did not marry.  (But was still betrothed to a Gentile Bride!)  He certainly did not gather silver and gold, but was a man of contentment with whatever was provided here.  He lived humbly and was not greedy or idolatrous!  Of course, Jesus Christ perfectly honored His father and kept the law.  He read the law regularly and identified with his brothers by laying His life down for them.

God’s instructions for the future king would help all who would lead His people.  These instructions were ultimately fulfilled through the King who was to come–Jesus Christ!  He chose us who now believe.  He has written His law on our hearts and calls us to live a life of faithful trust through the Holy Spirit!   He tells us things that will come in His glorious Kingdom!

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