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Sun, Sep 16, 2018

Principles for Governing Man and Society III

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The fourth major concern of society is the appointment of kings or rulers (Deut. 17:14-20). These are the only laws dealing with kings in the first five books of the Bible. Moses predicted that someday lying out in the future Israel would desire a king (Deut. 17:14). The people would approach their leaders, requesting a king to rule over them like all the nations that surrounded them. They would desire the royal pomp and power, the authority and rule of a king. Moses declared the establishment of the law: the king must be appointed by God Himself (Deut. 17:15). It is important to note a significant fact: God does not tie His people to one form of government.
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The fourth major concern of society is the appointment of kings or rulers (Deut. 17:14-20). These are the only laws dealing with kings in the first five books of the Bible. Moses predicted that someday lying out in the future Israel would desire a king (Deut. 17:14). The people would approach their leaders, requesting a king to rule over them like all the nations that surrounded them. They would desire the royal pomp and power, the authority and rule of a king. Moses declared the establishment of the law: the king must be appointed by God Himself (Deut. 17:15). It is important to note a significant fact: God does not tie His people to one form of government.

He does not oppose the establishment of a monarchy in Israel. God has only one concern: that His Word and commandments be obeyed. But note, the people had to seek God's direction in choosing a king. The person whom God chose was the person to be placed upon the throne. Another restriction also had to be closely observed: the king must always be an Israelite brother, never a foreigner. They were not to choose a foreigner to strengthen some alliance or to gain a greater security. Moses declared the duties or responsibilities of the king (Deut. 17:16-18).

Simply stated, the king was to guard against doing anything that would divert him from serving God and the people. One, the king must never depend upon horses—the cavalry—for military strength nor go to Egypt for help. He must never go back to Egypt, the way of the world, to seek an alliance with the world. His dependence was not to be in military strength but in God. Two, the king must not seek pleasure nor depend upon alliances through the marriage of many wives (Deut. 17:17). Three, the king must not lust for nor depend upon wealth (Deut. 17:17).

Four, note this most interesting requirement: the king must personally copy the law of God (Deut. 17:18). He was to take the law and copy it for himself. The idea is that he was to study and learn the law, the Word of God, in order to govern his people just as God dictated. Moses proclaimed the results of learning the law and ruling by the law of God (Deut. 17:19-20). Note that the king was to keep the law with him at all times, and to read it all every day of his life. By doing this, some wonderful results would occur. First, by learning the law and ruling by the law, the king would learn to fear God (Deut. 17:19).

He would reverence and worship God, stand in awe of Him. He would be very aware of the justice and judgment of God and demonstrate a respect and need to escape the judgment of God. Second, if the king learned the law and ruled by the law, he would be a good leader. He would follow the law himself and rule the citizens of his nation by the law. His purpose would be to build a stronger society that would meet the needs of his people more and more. Third, if the king learned the law and ruled by the law, he would guard against pride, arrogance, and abuse of the people (Deut. 17:20).

He would not consider himself better than the citizens, considering them to exist for his benefit. On the contrary, he would consider himself to be the servant of the people. He would count himself as existing for the people and not the people for him. Fourth, if the king learned the law and ruled by the law, he and his descendants would have a long rule over the kingdom of Israel (Deut. 17:20). God would establish his rule and the rule of his heirs for generations to come.

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