A Revival We Need: Changing Leaders and Nations via God’s Laws

God's law, leaders, and nations

Deuteronomy 17:14-20

14 When thou art come unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;

15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.

16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:

19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.


Although the scriptures above refer to Israel when it entered into the promised land, the fact is it is a truth that is to be applied to all leadership.

I draw that conclusion from a couple of things. First, Jesus stated we are to teach the nations all things that He commanded us, including most of the commandments He gave to Moses. The exceptions to that are laws that were fulfilled by Christ, such as ceremonial laws, among a few others. The other thing is believers are expected to walk in obedience to God’s commands, and by extension, model that as a way of life for all the nations of the earth.

When we read the description of New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven at the end of the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, it shows the throne in the center of the city, and a river flowing out from the throne. The throne represents the authority of Jesus Christ and the issuance of His commands around the world, which by the river of the Holy Spirit flows into the world out of the city to spread the kingdom and rule of God to all the nations.

I believe the above scriptures are not only for kings or national political leaders, but for all leaders at the local, regional and national levels. All the requirements listed by God to the kings of Israel are obviously the same types of things that people with power are tempted with.

For example, the multiplying of horses, which points to excessive government and a large military; the temptation to go back to Egypt, or in our modern day, to use the world as a model for ruling based upon their laws; and also, the lust for money and power that corrupts the heart of man, and ends up swaying the hearts of leaders toward the highest bidder; finally, learning the commandments and obeying them, so the leaders don’t start to think they are better than their brothers.

All leaders should be taught God’s law

I want to focus on verses 18 and 19 above, to confirm that leaders of and in nations are to learn, obey, and encode the laws of God revealed in the Bible into their legal system.

Verse 18 clearly states that a copy of the law should be provided to leaders. It should be with him points to expectations that leaders are required to read the law in order to fear the Lord, and that they and their people may keep all the law and the statutes included in it.

This is what so many people neglect to say when talking about the Great Commission. All you usually hear is the part of going into all the world to preach the Gospel, for the purpose of saving individual souls. While that’s the first step and very important, the fact is the second part of the Great Commission associated with teaching the nations to obey the commands of Jesus Christ revealed throughout the entire Bible, is rarely included in the communications of Christians pointing to the requirments of Jesus Christ revealed in the Great Commission.

While all people are to learn and obey God’s commands, when the leader models that behavior before the people, they are more apt to embrace that as their way of life; leaders have influence, and how they live is emulated more than what they say.

We need to once again embrace and believe in the comprehensiveness of the Great Commission, understanding that our responsibility is far more than admonishing individuals to have faith in Jesus Christ, but extends to teaching all nations that they are to learn and obey all the commands and laws of Jesus Christ revealed in the Holy Scriptures.

Justification only comes through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but sanctification and transformation comes from learning and obeying the commands and laws of God.

This is probably the most important thing to pray for in our time, and long into the future. As much as ever the nations and their leaders need to be taught God’s legal expectations, and that they are to be included in their code of law.

When this is done, I believe it’ll trigger the most sustainable and effective revival that the earth has ever experienced; it’ll truly change the world and bring it peace if it is responded to and obeyed.


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