Summary: 1 of 3. Moses gave exhortation regarding the dutiful obligation of Israel’s king for the people’s freedom to serve God. Executive leadership should & can be dutifully obligated to God’s people. Executive leadership is obligated to Freedom from...
EXECUTIVE OBLIGATION-I—Deuteronomy 17:14-20
Tuesday is Election Day
Those for whom we vote have a(n) Obligation/Commitment/Responsibility/Duty to their constituency, which sounds noble. Many, if not most, enter office with noble purposes in mind. But are they really prepared?
As is the king, so shall the people be.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”—Prov. 29:18
“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.”—Prov. 29:18
Moses gave exhortation regarding the dutiful obligation of Israel’s king for the people’s freedom to serve God.
Executive leadership should & can be dutifully obligated to God’s people.
How should executive leadership obligate itself to God’s people?
8 obligations for executive leadership of God’s people.
1—Executive leadership is obligated to Freedom from...
FRATERNIZATION/(:15)with the enemy
:14—“When you come to the land which the LORD your God is giving you, & possess it & dwell in it, & say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’
Israel will enter the land promised to them by YHWH their God. God is in fact, at the very moment of Moses’ informing them, “giving” it to them. Thus what all Israel is doing now(at this statement) is already a part of the process of their being “given” the land as well as their reception of it.
The “land” is intended by God for Israel as their “possession.” As right “possessors” of “the land” thus they are expected to “dwell in it.”
It is foretold Israel that, as a nation, they will determine to “set a king over” themselves in the same manner & custom as “the nations” with which they share borders. Though such an action will be detrimental to their relationship with God(1Sam. 8:4-10ff.), God speaks of it as an existing viable presence. It is only a matter of time before Israel chooses to “set their king.”
Kingship implies many things—Sovereignty(determination of right/wrong), Counsel, Respect, Servitude, etc.
1Sam. 8:4-10“Then all the elders of Israel gathered together & came to Samuel at Ramah, & said to him, “Look, you are old, & your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make 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.” So Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. “According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day--with which they have forsaken Me & served other gods--so they are doing to you also. “Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, & show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.” So Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who asked him for a king.”
“Giving”(See :15—“Put/Set/Place”)—Ntn naw-than’—Qal Participle Active—1) To give, put, set—1a) (Qal)—1a1) To give, bestow, grant, permit, ascribe, employ, devote, consecrate, dedicate, pay wages, sell, exchange, lend, commit, entrust, give over, deliver up, yield produce, occasion, produce, requite to, report, mention, utter, stretch out, extend, 1a2) To put, set, put on, put upon, set, appoint, assign, designate, 1a3) To make, constitute. Strong—a primitive root; To give, used with greatest latitude of application---(Put, make, etc.).
“Possess”—vry yaw-rash’—Qal Perfect—1) To seize, dispossess, take possession off, inherit, disinherit, occupy, impoverish, be an heir. Strong—a primitive root; To occupy (by driving out previous tenants, & possessing in their place); by implication---To seize, to rob, to inherit; also--To expel, to impoverish, to ruin.
“Dwell”—bvy yaw-shab’—Qal Perfect—1) To dwell, remain, sit, abide. Strong—a primitive root; properly--To sit down(specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication--To dwell, to remain; causatively--To settle, to marry.
“Set”(See :15; :18—“Sits”)—Mws soowm—Qal Imperfect—1) To put, place, set, appoint, make. Strong—a primitive root; To put(used in a great variety of applications, literal, figurative, inferentially, & elliptically).
“Like”—rva ash-er’—Relative pronoun—1) (relative particle)—1a) Which, who, 1b) That which; 2) (conj.)—2a) That (in obj clause), 2b) When, 2c) Since, 2d) As, 2e) Conditional if. Strong—a primitive relative pronoun (of every gender & number); Who, which, what, that; also(as an adverb & a conjunction)--When, where, how, because, in order that, etc..
“Nations”—Mywg gowy-eem’—N. m.—1) Nation, people—1a) Nation, people, 1b) Of swarm of locusts, other animals (fig.). N. Pr. m.—1c) Goyim? = “nations.” Strong—apparently from the same root as hwg gay-vaw’[The back, i.e. by extensive--The person] (in the sense of massing); a foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also--figuratively--A troop of animals, or a flight of locusts.
:15—“you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.”