Sunday, April 28, 2024

Deuteronomy 16:18-22, 17:1-20

Leadership is important in many areas of life. Parents are responsible for leading children, executives are charged with leading businesses, and pastors are called to lead churches. Yet, as we all know, having the position of leadership doesn’t always mean a person leads well. In Deuteronomy 16 and 17, God defined the roles of those who were to lead His people. Godliness is the most important quality of leadership, and leaders that honor God help us stay accountable to Him.

Starting Out:
1. Why is good leadership important in our lives? What are some places or circumstances where you feel it’s particularly important to have good leadership?

Read Deuteronomy 16:18-17:1:
2. Why do you think God called His people to appoint judges and officials for each tribe? Why couldn’t the people simply govern themselves?
3. What parameters did God give for how these officials should govern?
4. How would these parameters point people to godliness?

Read Deuteronomy 17:2-13:
5. What further direction did God give in these verses for handling matters of idolatry and dealing with difficult cases among the people?
6. Why might God have instructed that difficult cases be taken to the priests?
7. Though these verses outline punishment for wrongdoing, how were these guidelines also a means of grace and protection for the people?

Read Deuteronomy 17:14-20:
8. What means of accountability did God set in place for the king?
9. What do you know about how the kings of Israel fared in staying faithful to God and His commands?
10. How did the failure of the kings throughout history point to Jesus as the only One fit to be the true King over God’s people?

Taking it Home:
11. What applications about godly leadership can you draw from today’s study?
12. Does God only ever call us to submit to godly leadership?
13. How can you seek to submit to godly leaders and to lead others in a way that honors God?
14. How does looking to Jesus as our king lead us to tell others about Him? What are some ways he’s leading you to pray for, serve, or witness to people in your oikos this week?

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:
1 Timothy 3:1-7, Deuteronomy 31, Titus 1:1-9