Moses Gives The Job Description

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Moses gives the Job Description of Judges (v.v. 1-13) and Kings (v.v. 14-20). After Moses and Joshua died, the people were to be governed by judges and priests. It could only work if these leaders and the people were committed to following the Lord. Their Judges responsibilities were:


1.  To prevent impure worshiping practices in the land. The Judges were normally responsible to maintain pure worship but if they failed the priests were to step in.

2. To see that false worshipers were executed. This execution could only take place after a thorough investigation. There had to be two or three witnesses. 


The rules for a King were outlined as follows:


1.     He was not to oppose the direct rule of the Lord over the people.

2.     God did not command the people to have a king but only permitted them to have one.

3.     God would appoint the king and he would not be chosen by popular vote.

4.     The king could not be a foreigner but must come from among the brethren.

5.     He could not multiply his horses, lest Israel be tempted to return to Egypt on horseback.

6.     He could not multiply wives, lest they turn his heart away from the Lord.

7.     He had to possess a copy of the Law and read it all the days of his life.


I cannot know what God wants except through His Word and His Word will not affect my life unless I read and think about it daily.

Deuteronomy 17:1-20 (English Standard Version)

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