Government is corrupt. Most anyone in any country would admit this about his or her country’s government. Because humans are imperfect, the governments they set up are also highly imperfect. Moses knew that the Israelites would eventually want to have a king of their own, but here in Deuteronomy 33 he tells them that they already have a king.
Thus the Lord became king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people were gathered, all the tribes of Israel together.
Moses told the Israelites that, beginning with the day God spoke from Sinai, the Lord became their King.
How much better the Israelites would have been had they continued to let God be their King! They would have followed God’s ideal, and God would have been the One with ultimate supremacy over them.
Instead, the Israelites couldn’t understand having a King who they could not see or hear. They were tired of the confusion that took place during the time of the judges, and begged Samuel, their prophet-leader, for a king. Despite all Samuel’s warnings, the Israelites insisted that they wanted a king. So God gave them a king after their own heart—one just like the nations around them, just as Moses had predicted. This proved to be a greater detriment and disappointment, as King Saul was just as bad as Samuel predicted he would be. By the time Solomon came around, all Samuel’s predictions had come true! The king was now treating his citizens as worthless compared to himself. And the king’s definition became their own picture of themselves.
Sometimes we have the same problem today. We don’t like our lives to be governed by an unseen force. Instead, we insist on letting culture define us and control us.
How long will it be until we realize that our entire value is based on . . .
King Jesus Alone!
Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.