Gems 2015 — February 27 Scripture Selection: Deuteronomy 16-18

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

February 27 Scripture Selection: Deuteronomy 16-18

Food for Thought: Deut. 17:14-20

Nothing catches God off guard! In I Samuel, when the people demanded a king, to the dismay of the prophet Samuel, the Lord had already made provision in His Word for their capricious clamor long before their cries for a king. Though it was not in their best interest to have a king, there would be a way for him to sit in authority and lead his people in a wise, godly manner.

The Lord set up several guidelines and requirements of all kings. First, the king could not be a foreigner. Foreigners would have allegiances to other nations and not share the culture and beliefs of the Jewish nation. As another requirement, the job as king would be to lead the nation, looking out for Israel’s best interest and not have as priority the accumulation of personal wealth. Similarly, he should not take for himself many wives. In addition, the king should never permit the nation to return to Egypt. And, probably best of all, the king was to transcribe his own copy of the original written Law and have it with him always to read all the days of his life so that “he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: that his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.”

If only the kings would have followed these instructions to the tee from the beginning! But not one of them did, and the results were not what they could have been. Today, we have another shot at it in the Kingdom of God. Revelation 1:5c, 6 says, “To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” As “kings,” the Lord has positioned us with Him (Eph. 2:5, 6) because of His perfect fulfillment of every requirement for us. Now, through Jesus, we reign in life (Rom. 5:17). While there is nothing we can do to earn such a position, as we follow His Word, serving Him and putting others before ourselves (Rom. 12), the results will be starkly different from those of ancient Israel.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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