Not Exempt, Deuteronomy 17-20. God set apart a people for Himself, a holy people, who were not to live like the other nations around them.
14 “When you come to the land
that the Lord your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it
and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are
around me,’ 15 you may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your
God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over
you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.
18 “And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it 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, 20 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 to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.
Deuteronomy 17: 14-15 & 18-20, English Standard Version
As we continue through Deuteronomy, chapters 17-20, I am impressed with the continual reminders that God set apart a people for Himself, a holy people, who were not to live like the other nations around them. Even the king, himself, was set apart to holiness and obedience to God. A copy of the book of the law was to be kept beside him so that he could read from it every day of his reign.
So what are the parallels for us today? How important is it that we set aside a time each day to spend in God's Word and in prayer with Him? Are we really excused from this duty (actually, this privilege) because we are too busy? In truth, the more busy we are, the more important it is that we not neglect God's fellowship each day.
Just as even the king was expected to read the Scriptures, we, too, are not exempt. How much more important is it for us to spend time each day in the Word when the Word of God is so available to us today?
Think of it, the king was commanded by God to read from His law every day. Was there any decision that he needed to make that was not important enough to consider in light of God's law?
That really is the point. Like the king, nothing that we do should ever be done without comparing it to God's Word; nothing is too little or too insignificant. By God's grace, we, as Christians, need to be immersed in the Bible so that it will guide even the thoughts and intents of our hearts. No matter who we are, where we live, or what we do, we are not exempt from obedience to the commands of God.
Only through constant renewal through spending time in God's Word, can we live each day to the glory of God so that we will learn to fear the Lord our God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them.
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