Deuteronomy 17:14-20 (NKJV) 14 “When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’ 15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’ 17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself. 18 “Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.
As it is written in the Bible, these are the principles governing kings. These principles were given to the people of Israel about 400 years before Saul was chosen by God to be king of the United Kingdom of Israel in the years 1040-1003 BC. God stated clearly the qualifications of the ruler of Israel. First, God had to choose him. Second, he must be an Israelite. Third, he must not multiply horses, that is he is not to depend on a military power to defeat his enemies. Rather, he must trust in God. Fourth, he must not cause the people of Israel to return to Egypt for safety and protection from their enemies. Fifth, he must not take for himself multiple wives for political alliances. For these wives would lead him into idolatry. Sixth, he must not store up for himself riches like silver and gold. For wealth may lead him away from his dependency on God. Seventh, he must write, read, meditate on, and obey God’s laws. So, that he may be a man of God and a model for the people of Israel. Lest he would become proud and commit intentional acts of sins. And eighth, he must not be prideful. Knowing these qualifications, you may wonder if this was the reason why Solomon fell to his own demise and destruction. For Solomon transgressed almost all these rules. My friends, I think that the rule concerning the laws of God, and to be a man of God certainly applies to us. We ought to live upright lives in accordance with the Word of God. And through the Word of God, the Holy Spirit can transform us into productive servants of God.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.