March 31 – Duties of a King

March 31
Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20
Luke 9:7-27
Psalm 72:1-20
Proverbs 12:8-9

Deuteronomy 16:16 – What is this place that the Lord has chosen? 2 Chronicles 6:6 says the Lord revealed it to David – Jerusalem!  That is the city of the Great King! (Psalm 48:1).

Deuteronomy 17:14 – What are the duties of a king?

  • v. 14 God is prophesying I Samuel 8:20.
  • v. 15 God requires that the king be an Israelite, not a stranger
  • v. 16 the king is prohibited from multiplying horses,
  • v.17 prohibited from multiplying wives, silver, and gold,
  • v.18 required to copy out the Torah
  • v.19 required to read the Torah, and obey it
  • v.20 required to be humble

Luke 9:9 – Herod was curious about Jesus, but in a positive way (as opposed to his father’s “curiosity” about the new born king (Matthew 2). Perhaps Joanna and Chuza (Luke 8:1-3) were able to help lobby the king to take a friendly approach similar to Frederick the Wise and Martin Luther.

Luke 9:17 – The mosaic is from the traditional Church of the Multiplication. By Berthold Werner – Own work, Public Domain,

Luke 9:21 – Why didn’t Jesus want them to tell who He was? Because it was not the right time yet – He still had prophecies to fulfill. Prior to fulfillment, He could rightly be crucified as a false prophet.

Luke 9:23 – Complete self-surrender. One who takes up a cross, is not going anywhere else but to the hill where he will be crucified. Are you crucified with Christ? (Galatians 2:20).

Psalm 72:20 – This is the end of the “Second Book” of the five that make up Psalms. From the Pulpit Commentary:

Verse 20. – The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended. This is a note appended, either by the collector of the first two Books of the Psalms, or by the collector of the Third Book, who thus marked the difference between the previous collection and his own, the former containing sixty psalms ascribed to David in their titles, and the latter one only (Psalm 86). 

Proverbs 12:8 – From Gill’s Exposition:

Not according to his birth and pedigree; not according to his riches and wealth; not according to the places of honour and trust he may be in; but according to his wisdom, which he discovers in his words and actions, in his life and conversation.

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