March 17, 2017. Deuteronomy 17-20.
We begin with another reminder from Moses of the not to do’s. The people were not to bring a sacrifice that had any blemish or defect to the LORD.
Instructions were given to the judges of Israel in how to administrate justice for the nation. This was set up for understanding future cases, in guiding Israel to a standard of living under the law. The authority and respect of the judges and the court was essential to God.
The object here was to preserve the worship and knowledge of the one true God, and idolatry of any kind was a transgression of His covenant. God intended for the nation to be governed by Him. But the all-knowing God knew that one day they would insist on having a king, so He proceeds to give certain rules for when an earthly king would rise to rule over them.
When you enter the land that God, your God, is giving you and take it over and settle down, and then say, “I’m going to get me a king, a king like all the nations around me, make sure you get yourself a king whom God, your God, chooses. (Deuteronomy 17:14-15) MSG
So many times we thing and believe we know what’s best. How many times have we said, “Well that doesn’t apply to me. Oh, that will never change me. Well, I can do it and get by with it”. Why is it we think that we have some private exclusion from the laws and rules set up by God? God has set the rules and the punishment of what things would transpire if the rules are violated.
We may think we can get by with it; we can’t. We can be sure that God’s warnings are anything but needless. Whatever God has warned you about will be the thing you are in danger of violating or doing. By disregarding His warnings we open ourselves up to hurt and hardship. What has the Lord appointed for you today? (Deuteronomy 18:14) MS But not you. God, Your God forbids it.
King David was a man after God’s own heart; he held a high respect for the word of God. So much so that he meditated and delighted in law of the Lord day and night. (Acts 13:22) NKJV
Moses gave the people a command that should challenge us today. When God, your God, enlarges your land, extending its borders as he solemnly promised your ancestors, by giving you the whole land He promised them because you are diligently living the way I’m commanding you today, namely, to love God, your God, and do what He tells you all your life. (Deuteronomy 19:8-9) MSG
Won’t you seek to live diligently for your God each new day, and let Him have domain over your life? His commandments are because He knows our wayward hearts will roam and stray from the straight path He has for us. It is a very personal relationship-He is your God-who knows!!