September 16, 2020

Deuteronomy 17:1-end-The chapter deals with stoning of anyone found sacrificing to other gods after they have thoroughly investigated the matter and it was found to be true. Then the LORD addressed matters that proved too hard for them to judge “between degrees of guilt for bloodshed, between one judgment or another, or between one punishment or another or matters of controversy within their gates”, all these should be brought to the Priest , the Levites and the judge, and whatever the judgment they pronounce upon them, they should abide by it. But if any one acts presumptuously and would not follow the judgment by the priest, the person shall die.so as to teach others lesson.The third part of this chapter addressed the issue of their desiring a king like their neighboring nations, the LORD told them that He would choose the king for them, but the king must not amass wealth to himself, (gold or silver or horses) or multiply wives to himself lest his heart turn away from God.Verse 18- reads “And it shall be when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book from the one before the priests, the Levites. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.”

Knowing what happened later on in the life of the children of Israel, it is sad to say that they were warned about how their own king should behave and what he needed to do to avoid any pitfalls. So many times the LORD commanded us to keep looking at the word in earlier chapters, put them at our doorposts, as bracelets, around our neck. so that we may observe to do them. If the king is righteous it will have a positive effect on the nation. The percentage of the kings that were evil outnumbered the righteous ones, and the evil kings led the whole nation to sin until they ended up in captivity. Those things the LORD warned them not to acquire were the same things that caused their setbacks. Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines, and the wives (foreign) turned his heart away from serving the LORD. After him, the nation splits into Northern kingdom (Israel) and the Southern kingdom (Judah), and the two divided kingdoms warred against themselves all through their years before they ended in captivity. Most of the kings in Israel were evil, while a couple of kings in Judah were righteous and God used them to protect the lineage of David as He had promised

To wrap up this passage, we can truly say that “No human being is good” , as the scripture has said, All have gone astray and no one seeks God. Psalm 14 says “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God”, They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No not one” (1-3). Do we have hope that human beings can turn from our wicked ways and do what is right? Though some of us might think it is not possible, but God says it is still possible when He changes our heart to a heart of flesh and remove the stony heart, then we will obey the LORD, and do His will. We need to circumcise our heart . Ezekiel 36:26-27 says “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them” This should be our prayer everyday for God to give us a new heart and pour His Spirit into us. It is the Spirit of God that can change the world. Please God look unto us with MERCY and change us from inside out in Jesus Name, Amen. Thank You God, May Your Will be done in our lives in Jesus Name, Amen!

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