Sunday, March 7, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Fifty-Eight

Day Fifty-Eight, Various Passages from Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy

This reading has rules about the Israelites government: rules for their king, for a judicial system, for establishing courts, for maintaining justice, and for punishment of crimes.

Just overall, I love the emphasis that God places on these things…on justice and fairness. I love the fact that He loves people, so He wants His people to love each other and treat each other fairly.

Also of interest are His instructions to the people for when they settle in the land and want a king to rule over them. God instructs them that the king “must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold…he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.”

Unfortunately, it’s when the kings of Israel rejected this advice, beginning with Solomon, that things went downhill for the people of Israel.

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