Guidelines for a King

Now, I would never consider myself to be a king. I will never be that close to royalty… even to the Hollywood kind. Despite that, I think it is a good idea for me to read the Lord’s guidelines for a king.

If these are the guidelines given to a king, how much more important are they for a regular guy like me? A king is not supposed to accumulate wealth? Interesting, then why should I expect to? A king is not supposed become proud and feel that he is better than everyone else. What??? If he cannot, then I probably should rethink my new reality show: The Leo Is Awesome Hour.

To be honest, these guides point to a more accurate portrait Jesus as king than what the people expected at the time of his arrival.

The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.

“When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.” Deuteronomy 17:17-20