Archive for November 3rd, 2016


I have been blown away with Deuteronomy’s discussion of Israel’s king.  First it anticipates a king arising out of Israel hundreds of years before it happened.  Secondly I’m amazed at the limits imposed on the kings of Israel in contrast to other kings of the surrounding region.  And thirdly, I think there are some implication for this today.

Here’s the passage from Deuteronomy 17:14-20:

“When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, and you possess it and live in it, and you say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations who are around me,’ 15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses, one from among your [l]countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your [m]countryman. 16 Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’ 17 He shall not multiply wives for himself, [n]or else his heart will turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself.

18 “Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll [o]in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, [p]by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted up above his [q]countrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel.

Now I realize this text is primarily talking about Israel and not say the United States, Canada, etc.  But I think there are some implications for today.


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