This Sunday we will be continuing our “Off the Map” series, and Naomi Entwistle will be looking at the story of Solomon (which you can read in 1 Kings 1-11). However, our Scripture of the week is Deuteronomy 17:14-20, which is a significant passage that helps us in understanding Solomon’s story.
As you read this passage you might like to consider the following questions;
- What stands out to you as you read this passage?
- Why do you think God gives these particular commands to Israel’s future kings?
- What might modern equivalents of these instructions look like?
When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,” 15 be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite. 16 The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.” 17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
18 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19 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 20 and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites 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.