While scrolling through Facebook, I learned former President George H. W. Bush passed away. I wonder – would our presidents be more effective if they followed the requirements of the Israelite kings?
Deuteronomy 17:18-20, “This is what must be done: When he sits down on the throne of his kingdom, the first thing he must do is make himself a copy of this Revelation on a scroll, copied under the supervision of the Levitical priests. (19) That scroll is to remain at his side at all times; he is to study it every day so that he may learn what it means to fear his God, living in reverent obedience before these rules and regulations by following them. (20) He must not become proud and arrogant, changing the commands at whim to suit himself or making up his own version. If he reads and learns, he will have a long reign as king in Israel, he and his sons.” The Message
President Bush is most remembered for leading us in the 1991 Gulf War. A veteran himself, he assured us we would win. That 100-hour ground war routed Iraqi forces from Kuwait.
Deuteronomy 20:34, “He’ll say, ‘Attention, Israel. In a few minutes you’re going to do battle with your enemies. Don’t waver in resolve. don’t fear. Don’t hesitate. Don’t panic. God, your God, is right there with you, fighting with you against your enemies, fighting to win.’ ” The Message
We read Deuteronomy 17-20 on December 1st every year. God knew I would read of President’s Bush’s death the day I read these verses. The Bible is relevant to what is happening in your life today. We would be wise “kings” of our own castles if we kept it by our side and studied it every day.
Now, if I could just get a Rabbi to explain everything to me!
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