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The heart of the king!

Scripture reading for May 3rd: Ezra 1-3

The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.” Proverbs 21:1

Are you worried when the politician of the wrong party gets into office!  Are you concerned when a leader may not make decisions you agree with or like.  Today’s reading reminds us that God is in control of even pagan kings and He can turn their hearts to do His work.  We are to pray for our leaders and trust the Lord to turn their hearts to do His will!

Cyrus, King of Persia was named by the prophet Isaiah as the one God would choose to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.  (Isaiah 44:26-28)  This prophetic word occurred over 15o years before in 688 B.C. when Babylon was the ruling world power.  God truly knows the end from the beginning!  Cyrus began to fulfill this prophesy by making the decree in 538 B.C. to rebuild the temple.  (Ezra 1:2-4)  He released Jews who wanted to go and helped to send them.  He also sent back the articles from the temple which had been taken by King Nebuchadnezzar some 70 years earlier.  (Ezra 1:9-10)  Some 5400 utensils made of gold and silver were released to go back to Jerusalem!  What a miracle!

Ezra lists the numbers of people who returned as well.  Priest, Levites, singers, gatekeepers and temple servants were all accounted for.  The whole company was 42,360 Israelites, not counting servants.  (Ezra 2:64-67)

As we look at what transpired after the decreed 70 years of captivity (Jeremiah 29:10), we are amazed at how accurately God predicted the future and how and when it would come about!  God is able to do this because He can turn the hearts of those in leadership.  It doesn’t matter if they are believers or not.  It doesn’t matter what their background or nationality.  God knows each person and uses them for His purposes.

Take time today and pray for our nation and it’s leadership.  We are far from where God wants us to be and our leaders are doing things that are contrary to God’s word and will.  Remember how God uses leaders and nations.  When His people pray, He hears and acts.  “The heart of the king (president, judge, senator, congressman) is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse where ever He pleases.” Proverbs 21:1

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Preparing for the future!

Scripture Reading for February 27th: Deuteronomy 17-20

The passage today is another example of God’s foreknowledge.  In Deuteronomy 17, Moses gives instructions to the Israelites about what will transpire after they enter the promised land.  He said that they would want a king like the other nations around them.  (Deuteronomy 17:14)  We know from history, that is exactly what happened!

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 and in the case of Israel, would not understand God’s special dealing with this nation. (Deuteronomy 17:15)  Jesus Christ was God’s chosen ruler to be king over His people!  He was one of us, being born of a woman.  He was tempted in all ways like us, yet without sin.

Another factor in choosing the proper king had to do with their moral character.  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.  He must not gather large amounts of silver and gold. (Deuteronomy 17: 16-17) These things often lead to idolatry and pride.

Jesus Christ met all these characteristics!  He did not put his trust in military power and certainly did not lead the people to Egypt.  He also did not marry here, but is 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 owns the universe and is not greedy or idolatrous!

The last instructions for the king was that he was to write for himself a copy of the law taken from priests. God wanted the king to know the law and Word of God.  It would help him revere God and honor Him alone. (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)  Jesus Christ, our King,  perfectly honored His father and kept the law.  He read the law regularly and identified with his brothers by giving Himself for them.

Since we as Christ-followers are kings and priests before Him, we should pay attention to these instructions.  We have a great King and must honor Him by obeying His word!  That’s good preparation for a glorious future!

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