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A Job Description for a King

02/15/2009  A Job Description for a King:  Deuteronomy 17:14-20 - Noel Sherry

We all wear different hats; many expectations, many responsibilities. In the days of the kings of Israel there were clear expectations the Lord gave for those in authority. Our passage this week focused on the Three Conditions for Godly Authority as taken Deuteronomy 17:14-20 . The principles found here are equally applicable to us as well as the kings.

First job duty: we must rely on the Lord not on our own abilities. Jesus provides the example for us today when He says that, “He is the vine and we are the branches, apart from him we can do nothing. Saul, in 1 Samuel 13 saw fit to take care of his own details because Samuel was slow in coming. Saul’s self-reliance and independent sprit cost him his throne.

Second job duty: we must be single minded in our devotion to the Lord. Although Solomon started out well, his devotion was swayed by his 700 wives. In the end Solomon’s devotion had failed because his heart was swayed to other gods by others.

Third job duty of the king and for us: we must be obedient to the Lord. When one reads these expectations in Deuteronomy 17 : 18-20 the king is to present himself to the Lord and His word faithfully each day. He is to grow in his reverence and fear of the Lord and not consider himself better than his brothers. King Josiah as found in 2 Kings 23 gives us a wonderful picture of obedience to the Lord.

Am I; are you wholly reliant on the Lord? Am I, are you single minded in your devotion to Him? Am I; are you obedient to the Lord in every aspect of our lives? If not why not make things right with your Creator today?


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