A leader’s qualifications 101

In the Old testament, God set up guidelines for choosing a king for the Israelites when they were about to settle in the Promise Land. Read Deuteronomy 17:14-20.

1. The king is to be a fellow citizen – not a foreigner. This rule holds for all countries today. v.15

2. The king must not take many wives. Why not? Because his heart would be led astray. v. 17a (King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. He did go astray – worshipping the idols of his many wives. His heart was turned from loving God with all his soul.)

3. The king must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. v.17b (Love of money is the root of all evils. 1 Timothy 6:10)

4. The king is to (a) write a copy of the law (v.18), (b) carry it with him, (c) read it, (d) learn it, (e) follow carefully all the words of the law (v.19), (f) must not turn away from the law (v.20b)

5. The king must not consider himself better than his fellow citizen. (v.20a)

v. 20c Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.

Today, if only we would choose leaders based on these same qualifications, what a different world our society would be!

Bottom line: A humble leader who loves God more than anything and one who obeys God’s Word shall live out legacies beyond time and space.


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