Growup: Day 53

Deuteronomy 16:1-19:21

In Deuteronomy 17:14-20 we hear of the requirements of those who would lead Israel as king over the people. Here it outlines what a true leader of Gods people will uphold and abhor.

Yet when the kingship is established in the years ahead for Israel after they possess the land, things don’t really go to plan.

Many would say the golden years of the nation Israel were around the time of Solomon.

But that actually became the problem. Remember what Deu 17:17 said:

He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.

Yet listen to 1 Kings 10:27

The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones

Strike one

Remember Deu17:16:

The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.”

Now listen to 1 Kings 10:28:

Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt [i] and from Kue

Strike 2

Remember Deu 17:17:

He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray

Now listen to 1 Kings 11:3:

He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.

Strike 3… your out!

Here in Deu 17 we hear how a king of Israel should lead his people. They failed.

From Solomon the kings of Israel we basically on a downward spiral.

Christ would be the true king, who would obey were the kings failed,

listen to Phil 2:8:

8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself  and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

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