“Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose’.” (Isaiah 46:9-10) Nothing surprises God. He knows that one day the Israelites are going to reject the Lord as their ruler and ask for a king like the people around them. So God lays out some rules for a king:
1) Can’t be a foreigner
2) Can’t multiply horses for himself or cause people to return to Egypt for horses
3) Can’t have multiple wives
4) Can’t multiply silver and gold for himself
5) Must write a copy of the Book of the Law for himself and read it all the days of his life.
When we get to the Kingdom Era we will see that none of the kings nail all 5 of these rules. The perfect King is coming…”King of kings and Lord of lords”. (Rev 19:16) The Lord spoke to Moses of this coming King in today’s reading “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him”.
But first in this Story, the Israelites have to get out of the wilderness and into the promised land which is going to require a lot of battles. Moses tells the people “Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you”.
We have several more days of instructions from Moses and then the battles begin! Keep reading.