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This Torah Portion contains references about the selection and affirmation of the king, the priest, and the prophet. Moses tells the children of Israel how to select a king and what principles should govern his behavior in Deuteronomy chapter 17. Moses describes the set apart or sanctified status of the priest and the qualities of a prophet of God in Chapter 18. The offices of king, priest, and prophets are so that the children of Israel will not follow after the ways of the Canaanites who were already in the Promised Land.
Deuteronomy 18:9 NKJV 9 "When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.
What can we learn about our own lives through these instructions for the king, the priest, and the prophet? Yeshua, as the divine Son of God, fulfills all the roles of king, priest, and prophet. What do these instructions reveal about Yeshua’s threefold mission?
The first line of defense against falling into the ways of the abominations of the Canaanites is by choosing a strong leader. God preferred that the children of Israel accept Him as the king and the strong leader, but He knew that they would want a person in that role standing, like Moses, between them and God. So, before it even happened, God set up the criteria for a king.
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