One important principle of good civil government is given here – that of limited authority. The king, as representing civil government just as the prime minister does today in Australia, was to be under God’s law, under a higher authority. This is the spiritual basis of a government lasting a long time. We neglect this principle to our sorrow in family, church and nation.
“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.”
How well the king must know God’s word!
He had to write his own copy and read it all his days.
To what purpose?
That he may learn to fear the LORD his God through obedience, humility and singular devotion (v19-20).
We see from Israel’s history just how important the king was. The nation rose and fell with the king. When he turned aside from God so did the people.
King David had a heart after God’s own heart. But David disobeyed, walked in folly, became a murderer and adulterer.
King Solomon built the great temple for the Lord at Jeruasalem. But Solomon acquired many horses, many wives and excessive silver and gold.
After Solomon came the tearing apart of Israel, king following king, most of them leading the people astray.
They needed a better king. So do we.
Jesus knew God’s word. He knew it intimately because He was God’s word become flesh. But He knew it as King. He kept the words of the law and statutes, did them, walked in humility and singular devotion, not turning to the right hand or the left.
And He continues long in His kingdom, the eternal king!
We His children, we continue with and in Him.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Lord God,
Thank You that You are our great King, that You the Son are a king like no other – eternal in Your reign, righteous in Your rule.
Please help us to be Your people, living in Your kingdom, proclaiming Your word.