Rulers Writing & Reading the Word

“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.” (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)

Imagine what it would be like if the first task that the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Monarch of England, or even the members of Congress & the Supreme Court had to do upon taking their place of authority was to sit down and write out the entire Bible. No copy and paste. No administrative assistant. Then that copy of Scripture was scrutinized by a dependable pastor to ensure that no shortcuts were made or typos.  After that they would be on a daily Bible reading schedule in addition to the tasks of the office. If the rulers of the nations of the world did this I wonder how much may be different in the political realm.  Even if they weren’t believers, having the Word of God speaking to them while they write and read it would have some kind of impact – probably quite a number of salvations, too.

How about if Christians, whether in a position of authority or not, did this command for the rulers of Israel from the fifth book of Moses?  The statistics reported in Christianity Today that only 21% of self-declared Christians read their Bibles daily (41% read weekly, but some groups rate as high as 72%), so this could be a big boost in Bible knowledge, biblical thinking, and an improvement in the personal relationships of Christians with their Savior and with one another.

Now throw in actually writing out the Bible. That would be an impressive and interesting goal.  Does anyone want to give this a try?  How about starting with the New Testament and then moving on to the Old Testament to ease into this challenge?

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