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Musts and Must Nots

There are several places in Scripture where prohibitions and positive directions are given to leaders. Then, because the Bible covers over 1,400 years of history, we are able to see the end results of disobedience to these musts and must nots. King Solomon's reign is an illustration of this. He reigned for 40 years (971-931 B.C.) following his father David. The book of Deuteronomy, the second repeating of the Law written around 1405 B.C., gives the following prohibitions and positive directions for the eventual kings of Israel, especially Solomon who reigned 434 years later. "The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself…The king must not take many wives for himself…And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself." (Deuteronomy 17:16-17) But King Solomon "had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses." (1 Kings 10:26) He also gathered or was given large amounts of gold. His ships "sailed to Ophir and brought back to…

The Sower

A young man thought about the opportunity in front of him. He was going to be the sower for the first time. His father and mother had explained the process of sowing but he had not done it yet so he was excited yet anxious about the first time sowing. He wanted to do it right. But first, he had to prepare the ground. He had to hoe it and remove rocks and other impediments. It was hard, tedious work. And, he had to wait for the right time of the year because he had been told that timing and preparation were very important to the process of sowing. Further than that, he had to have seed: borrowed or bought. With the field prepared and the time of year right, he went out into the field with the bag in hand. From that bag he gathered handfuls of seed and cast it out. The wind would carry some and gravity would cause all to drop to the ground around him. He was told about this and had seen it many times before he was allowed to do it himself. It would fall on the prepared ground but also on …