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You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that our culture is shifting, and fast. Those who are blinded to the truth and walk in darkness celebrate the change and push it further. Yet we know not all change is for the better and this season of change certainly is not.
We are moving into a new age with new realities and new attitudes toward the changeless Gospel. The new age we are entering is a new dark age. This age is characterized by nothing more than the self. Truth, authority, and guidelines are all sacrificed on the altar of self interest and pleasure. There don’t seem to be any limits. I often wonder what ill will be legitimized next. I mean, what’s left?
Fortunately for Christ-followers, we are not left without a map. This new age is not really new. It’s reared its ugly head before. “Can one say about anything, ‘Look, this is new’? It has already existed in the ages before us. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:10, 9, CSB)
On the plains of Moab, Moses prepared the people of God to enter the vile world of the Canaanites and to live there as the people of God. God prepared His people to live as light in the dark ages. This summer I will share a message series from Deuteronomy to equip us to live as light in the dark ages.
November 3, 2016
Next Tuesday is not going to be easy, is it? What should Christians do? First, we should pray for our nation. We should be grieved and concerned about any nation that falls to the point of having to choose between the leading candidates we will choose from Tuesday. Remember, WE have chosen these as the leading candidates. They are a reflection of where our nation stands today and it is pitiful. We’re in a mess. Jesus is our only answer.
Second, we should make the best choice we can as followers of Jesus. We should choose the most Godly candidate from the list of people who are, after all, sinners just like us. We should choose the least worstest, something we Louisianaians have practiced!
Deuteronomy was Moses’ swan song. He was preparing God’s people to enter the Promised Land and he knew he would not make the trip with them. Moses also knew that the people would choose a king in the Promised Land. This is what God said through Moses about the leader that would be chosen:
“When you enter the land that God, your God, is giving you and take it over and settle down, and then say, “I’m going to get me a king, a king like all the nations around me,” make sure you get yourself a king whom God, your God, chooses. Choose your king from among your kinsmen; don’t take a foreigner—only a kinsman. And make sure he doesn’t build up a war machine, amassing military horses and chariots. He must not send people to Egypt to get more horses, because God told you, “You’ll never go back there again!” And make sure he doesn’t build up a harem, collecting wives who will divert him from the straight and narrow. And make sure he doesn’t pile up a lot of silver and gold.” (Deuteronomy 17:14–17, The Message)
Based on what I know of the candidates, I don’t find much help here for Tuesday. I do, however, find some help in the next paragraph:
“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. 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. He must not become proud and arrogant, changing the commands at whim to suit himself or making up his own versions. If he reads and learns, he will have a long reign as king in Israel, he and his sons.” (Deuteronomy 17:18–20, The Message, emphasis added)
The new leader was to write the words of Deuteronomy on a scroll and study it and learn from it. The new leader was to learn what it means to fear God. From the language, it’s clear the training would be on the job training. There might be a hint of help here for Christians next Tuesday. None of the candidates clearly demonstrate Godly leadership qualities at this point, but who has the most potential to learn Godly leadership on the job? I’ve heard it said, “If you can’t hire the best, hire someone who is going to be the best.” Maybe that perspective will help as we mark our Xs next Tuesday. Who is most likely to read and learn obedience to the Lord?