Fear God by Keeping His Law (Deuteronomy 17:1420)
Chapter seventeen versus fourteen through twenty. When you come to the land, the larger God is giving you and you possess it in dwell on it, and then say I was set a king over me like all the nations that are around me. You may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set is king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you who is not your brother only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses. Since the Lord has said to you, you shall never return that way again and he shall not acquire many wives for himself lest his heart turn away nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall right for himself in a book, a copy of this law approved by the levite priests and it shall be with him and he shall read it in all the days of his life that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes and doing them. That his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers. And that he may not turn aside from the commandment either to the right hand or left so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children in Israel. Now, as we are praying leading up to presidential election. In the United States on be careful in reading from Deuteronomy to make sure it's clear. This is a unique time in Old Testament, history when God is speaking about a king among his people and how that king should rule and lead in the structure of the people of Israel. And we WANNA be careful when we're reading the Old Testament ought to just put in the United States and the place of Israel here and think okay. So this is what we should do in all these specifics at the same time. As God gives instructions for the leaders among his people we see characteristics. that. God desires in all leaders among any people characteristics that we see throughout the rest of the Old Testament in the new testament particularly think about leaders in the church. And ultimately exemplified in Jesus and his character. and. So when I read Dirani Seventeen. Meditate on these verses. I'm driven to pray. Well, let's let's pray God. We we praise you one for setting up kings the way you did for the good. Of Your people in the Old Testament, God we think about how so many kings fell short of what you described in your word here and devastating effects that had on your people, and so we pray as citizens of. The country we are in specifically most of us as citizens of the United States. So God we pray. For leaders who will hear? And Obey your word. God, we pray for that. We pray for leaders who will be sensitive to your word. Not The foolish ways of this world. We pray for leaders. To avoid greed. We pray. For leaders who? Avoid adultery and sexual morality. We pray for leaders who spurn idolatry who fear and submit to your authority overall. God reprieve for leaders who demonstrate humility. Before you for the people they lead. Oh God for all these characteristics we pray in our current leaders and future leaders God we ask for we. For we. Pray that you would. Work in leaders. Hearts present and future. To create. To foster humility and fear of you in submission to your therapy and. Sensitivity. To your word. And a fleeing in God we pray for leaders who flee greed and who flee adultery and sexual immorality who flee idolatry and who lead in Romans thirteen kind of way for the good of the people they govern. And for the protection of people against evil? Oh God we ask for leaders like this and as we do we are so thankful Jesus that you are ultimate leader. You Are Lord, you are king. We praise you for you are the only perfect king. You're the only perfect Lord you are the one in whom we place all our trust and all our hope and you're the one who to whom we give all. Of our allegiance. We love you Jesus, we love you all the more when we see the inadequacy of leaders around is we so thankful that you're our leader and we help us to point people to you as we talk about political candidates and all kinds of different issues in an election gathering prayed help us to point people to you the just and good leader who Humble yourself and became obedient to death on a cross for our sins and you've been exalted by God given the name that is above every name that your name every knee will bow. Every tongue will confess help us to point people to you and your Lordship your leadership above all during these days. In your name Jesus, our leader and Lord we pray Amen.