Deuteronomy 17-26 Deut 17-16
11. a. Guidelines for a king Deuteronomy 17:14-20—
- Select the man chosen by the Lord your God.
- Select a fellow Israelite, not a foreigner.
- He must not build a large stable of horses for himself.
- He must not take the people back to Egypt.
- He must not take many wives.
- He must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.
- He must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests.
- He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives.
b. Solomon disobeyed God by marrying 700 wives of royal birth (non-Israelites) and had 300 concubines. 1 Kings 11
As God warned would happen, his foreign wives turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the Lord his God.
Solomon built shrines for all his foreign wives to use for burning incense and sacrificing to their gods.
12. Deuteronomy 18
a. A call to holy living—Deuteronomy 18:9-13
- Do not imitate the detestable customs of the nations living in the land.
- Never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering.
- Do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead.
b. True and false prophets—
- A false prophet is one who falsely claims to speak in God’s name or who speaks in the name of another god.
- His prediction does not happen or come true. (I’ve often wondered about this. Some predictions did not come true until generations later such as the book of Daniel. The Old Testament is filled with prophecies about the coming Messiah. Some prophecies such as Jesus’ return, still have not come to pass.)
- Under the New Covenant, we can ask the Holy Spirit to give us discerning of spirits.
- We have the written word. Hebrews 4:12-13
13. Deuteronomy 26—Harvest offerings and tithes
a. The Israelites were to bring a basket of the first produce of each crop to the designated place of worship.
With this gift, they acknowledged to the Lord their God that they had entered the land he swore to their ancestors to give them.
b. Deuteronomy 26:10 Bringing tithes and offerings to God was to be an act of worship.
And rejoice and celebrate all the good things God provided. Deuteronomy 26:11
c. Personal Question: A prayer—
- I desire obedience in giving where and when the Lord directs.
- I pray I will clearly hear His voice in giving my time, energy, possessions, and finances.
- I pray my life and my giving be used in answer to the prayers of others.
- I pray I will give with my whole being as an act of worship, obedience, and joyful thanksgiving to You, Lord.
God I Look to You has been playing in my spirit, it seems, while I searched for a photo. So here it is.
Photo credit Fig Tree by goldstardeputy