“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.
by: Michaella Osborn.
What was the purpose of the Levitical law? This is one area of Scripture that can seem far removed from our experience today. In this passage, however, rulers were instructed not only to consider the law, but also keep it so that they might learn to fear God and that their hearts would not become prideful. It would have been easy for a ruler to stray from what was just, but God required justice from kings and gave them the law to keep them ruling righteously. The blessing of the law was humility and fear of God, two things we need to truly live justly. Are there ways that the law can still teach us to fear God and have a humble heart?