Read Deuteronomy 16-19
We had a good Sunday, family dinner and church.
How was your Sunday?!
I’m reflecting on the reading 🙂 Lord thank you for your word, thank you that Moses wrote it down.
He even warned of much gold and many women, how it would lead the kings astray.
“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,” be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite. 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.” He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.”
Deuteronomy 17:14-17 NIV
*Warnings that would have kept Solomon on the path.
Moses knew a KING was coming.
“When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.”
Deuteronomy 17:18-20 NIV
Kings were told to rule in such a way as to keep the laws of God and to rule in absolute humility toward his fellow Israelites.
Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem on a donkey, our triumphant king- fulfilled the law.
And then taught ‘you have heard eye for and eye but I tell you do not resist an evil person. If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other.’ (Matthew 5:38-48)
We are to emphatically resist the evil one which is the origin of evil Satan himself according to James 4:7. However a follower of Christ is to stamp out that natural retaliation and accusation impulse towards others. Christians should not be known for our opposition of others, but rather our emphatic opposition of evil. We pray deliver us from evil, and when we do we are praying for our enemies deliverance as well. Our weapons of choice are prayer. Prayer topples mighty strongholds which TURN the circumstances. And we find our right balance in meek nature of Jesus. We put on Christ. Christ as you will recall was controversial when he called out the ‘white washed tombs’. Matt. 23:27-28 We speak the truth in love according to Ephesians 4:15.
GOD IS JUST. And when the Spirit of God dwells within us we will naturally care for those abused by society. Zech. 7:10 …’do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.‘
However when we are unjustly treated we first take time to pray, making our requests known to God, and we take the yoke of Christ and let him defend and lead. His wisdom is ready to equip us for every circumstance.
Prov 20:22 “do not say, I will do to him as he has done to me; I will repay the man according to his work.”
I see a need for balance and wisdom when faced with evil. “Listen carefully: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves [have no self-serving agenda].’ Matt. 10:16