Deuteronomy 17-20 (The Daily Walk Bible).

The words regarding the future king (Deuteronomy 17:14-20) can also speak to us. Trust in God rather than possessions. Both wealth and improper relationships can keep us from God. Keep His Word near at all times and read it daily so that we will be humble and obedient.

If the instructions regarding the destruction of other nations seems excessive, consider Deuteronomy 12:30-31: “take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the LORD hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods.

Here we find Moses predicting that when they get to the promised land, they may think “we ought to have a king like the other nations around us.” They do, and what that really means is that they are rejecting God’s rule over them: “Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, ‘Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.’ But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ And Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them'” (1 Samuel 8:4-7). Are we rejecting God’s authority in any areas of our lives today?

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