|What's A King To
By Steve Higginbotham
I know I've read it before, but
it just didn't register. What about you? Same story? As God
was outlining the duties, responsibilities, and obligations of
being King of Israel, he lists the following:
"Also it shall be, when he sits
on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write
for himself a copy of this law in a book, from
the one before the priests, the Levites." (Deuteronomy 17:18).
Had you noticed that before?
God expected the King to write, with his own hand, a copy of
the law. Typically, this was the job of the scribes, but God
placed such importance on the King knowing the law, he
demanded that he write out a copy of the law for himself!
Didn't God know that his kings were busy men? The job of
being a king was demanding and must of taken a lot of time.
Nevertheless, God expected the kings of Israel make the time
to write out, in their own handwriting, a copy of the law. It
wasn't enough to just read the law, God wanted these spiritual
leaders to write out a copy for themselves. Interesting.
I wonder how many of us, who
are trying to be spiritual leaders in the church and our
homes would profit if we would buy a couple composition
notebooks and write out, in our own hand, the books of the New
Testament? Would it be time consuming? Yes, of course it
would. But wouldn't it be "re-inventing the wheel?" I mean,
why write out a copy when I have a leather bound one on my
shelf? Apparently, the value and benefit gained by spending
careful time in the word outweighs the investment in time,
else why did God command his leaders to write it out?
While there is no New Testament
command to do so, this action is at least worthy of
contemplation, and very probably, would benefit all of us
greatly. It's quite a challenge. Are you up to it?
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