Summary: 2 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-II—Deuteronomy 17:14-20
Tuesday is Election Day—We are obligated to vote our belief!
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.
This morning we found that Executive leadership is obligated to Freedom from...
2. Earthly RELIANCE/DEPENDENCE(:16)
3. A SPIRITUAL MARKETPLACE/Smorgasbord MENTALITY(:17a)
4—Executive leadership is obligated to Freedom from...
Explanation:(:17b)Wealth as Power
:17—“ “Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver & gold for himself.”
E)Another related restriction upon Israelite kings regarded their accumulation of wealth. He was not to use His sovereignty for gaining wealth. That is what foreigners would do, given that they would have no love for the land or its people.
Solomon’s son Rehoboam realized that his father had taxed the people so heavily that they were burdened. Rehoboam chose to add to the pain rather than to relieve it because he was in it for himself!
1Kgs. 12:3-4, 6-7, 8, 10-11, 13—“...Then Jeroboam & the whole assembly of Israel came & spoke to Rehoboam, saying, “Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father, & his heavy yoke which he put on us, & we will serve you.”.....“Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, & he said, “How do you advise me to answer these people?” And they spoke to him, saying, “If you will be a servant to these people today, & serve them, & answer them, & speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, & consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.”.....“Then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you should speak to this people who have spoken to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us’--thus you shall say to them: ‘My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist! ‘And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!’”.....“Then the king answered the people roughly, & rejected the advice which the elders had given him;”
To his detriment Rehoboam’s kingdom was divided because of his greed! Excessive taxation pads the pockets of those who seek it the most.
Money can be employed both for good as well as for bad. But it is never to be the Christian’s master, only his/her servant! Covetousness also preys upon the base desires of others potentially drawing out greed in others.
Mat. 6:22-33—“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one & love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one & despise the other. You cannot serve God & mammon. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food & the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; & yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, & tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God & His righteousness, & all these things shall be added to you.”