Why Israel Kings Shouldn’t Be Very Rich, Have Plenty Horses (Cars) & Plenty Wives

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God loves us so much that he guides us with his eye so that we don’t make grave mistakes.

When God was preparing the children for the promised land, he told them in Deuteronomy 17:14-17: “When you arrive in the land the Lord your God will give you, and have conquered it, and begin to think, ‘We ought to have a king like the other nations around us’— be sure that you select as king the man the Lord your God shall choose”.

He must be an Israelite, not a foreigner. Be sure that he doesn’t build up a large stable of horses for himself, nor send his men to Egypt to raise horses for him there, for the Lord has told you, ‘Never return to Egypt again.  He must not have too many wives, lest his heart be turned away from the Lord, neither shall he be excessively rich”.

First, God may not be primarily concerned about the number of the wives Israel’s king would have, but He was surely concerned about women turning away the king’s heart from him.

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Also, the Lord said the kings must not have large stables of horses. Having horses then is like someone having plenty of cars today. It is certain that God was not opposed to luxury, but as a loving father, He never wanted any worldly possession to steal the heart of His people from him.

When a king is too rich, he may struggle to please God and falls into sin.

Additionally, Egypt was the headquarters of idolatry and witchcraft then and also a very wealthy nation. When there was too much wealth in Egypt, the Pharaohs said their powers came from River Nile. Later, they said, they were gods. When Pharaohs died, people were buried alive with them to serve them in the “afterworld” they claimed they were going.

The Pharaohs also had plenty of wives, concubines, and Harems and God could see that all these excessive luxuries and possessions eventually led to pride against him and he never wanted the children of Israel to fall into the same thing.

Solomon disobeyed most of these rules and died at the young age of 52 though God promised him long life.

This is what God promised Solomon: “10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life“. Obviously, verse 14 was a clear conditional blessing for Solomon. If he walked in obedience to God and keep God’s decrees, God promised him long life. “And he (Solomon) had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. 4 For it was so when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not [a]loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom[b] the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David. 7 Then Solomon built a [c]high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon. 8 And he did likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods. 9 So the Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, 10 and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not keep what the Lord had commanded. 11 Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant. 12 Nevertheless I will not do it in your days, for the sake of your father David; I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 However I will not tear away the whole kingdom; I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of My servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen”. 1 Kings 11:3-13. It is not enough to quote God’s words or claim promises. To see the fulfillment of most of God’s promises, we must obey God. Any grace that does not help us to obey God is a DISGRACE!

God loves us so much and every law he gives us is for our own good. Receive grace to faithfully and gracefully obey God.

Sermon by Prophet Femi Oshin, femioshin.com, Wall of Fire Ministry, +27620958500.

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