I know it’s not polite to discuss politics on a holiday (Merry Christmas!), but I couldn’t help but notice this today:
“ ‘The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the Lord has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’ The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself. When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.’ “ 17:16-20
The emphasis is not made on how the king leads, but how the king lives. Humble, above reproach and a student of God’s word and instructions.
I’m thankful to be celebrating King Jesus today and how he stepped into history. He is the perfect king, worthy to be followed. He came as a helpless, innocent baby, laid down in scraps of cloth in a feeding trough for barn animals. He lived a simple life, eating meals and telling stories. He spent time with the marginalized, the smelly, the neglected, the poor. The sexually scandalous, the deformed, the begging, the corrupt rich and the social throwaways found a place at his table.
We are living in a time where the prophet in Deuteronomy 18 has come and gone, and will come again. Turn your heart towards him and thank him for coming to earth and being Immanuel, God with us.