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The Divine Origins of the American Republic

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Written on January 31, 2013 by Dr. Marshall Foster

What gave the early immigrants to the American wilderness the courage, independent spirit, and audacious will to defy the hierarchical structures of the tyrannical nations of Europe and write their own documents of liberty?

How did these English yeomen accomplish what had never been done in 6,000 years of human history? Understanding the answers to these questions is crucial to the preservation of our liberty in the coming years. The reason that they were able to create self-governing, successful governments is that they were dedicated students of the “divine constitution” given to Moses. Their own written words and actions reveal that they were following a specific model. They knew that the God-ordained blueprint for true liberty had been given to the Ancient Hebrews on Mt. Sinai and codified in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible.)

Contrary to popular belief, the root of America’s governmental genius did not begin in the minds of the Founding Fathers. The Founding Fathers built on a continuum of divine truth that was tried and tested in towns and colonies for 150 years before the constitutional period.

Samuel Langdon was prominent in securing the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. Speaking before final ratification in 1788, he said, “The Israelites may be considered as a pattern to the world for all ages and from them we may learn what will exalt our character, and what will depress and bring us to ruin as a nation.”

John Adams, America’s second president and foremost legal scholar knew that the biblical precepts of the Hebrews were the nest in all of human history. Responding to an author who had praised the Greeks, Adams says, “As much as I love, esteem, and admire the Greeks, I believe the Hebrews have done more to enlighten and civilize the world. Moses did more than all their [Greek] legislators and philosophers.”

What was so uniquely different about the society and government laid down at Mt. Sinai? Legal Professor John Eidsmoe says, “In chapter 18 [of Exodus] Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, the Midianite, proposed that Moses decentralize the judicial system by selecting various tiers of judges, laying the groundwork for the Hebrew Republic.”

The people gave voluntary consent in choosing God as their King and choosing Moses as their commander and chief executive. God directed Moses to establish a senate or council of elders as well as a popular assembly similar to America’s House of Representatives. This assembly was called the congregation, all the assembly, and other titles.

The Israelites voluntarily chose to be subject to God’s precepts and loving ways. They elected their judges, and followed this same pattern of decentralized representative government, concentrating all civil government at the local level. In Israel all people were equal before the law. There was no caste system, no special privileged class, and no tyrant claiming to be God as was the practice of the ancient Pharaohs of Egypt. The national government, as long as the Hebrews followed God’s ways, was limited and reserved for specific national priorities such as national defense. All other powers and decisions were reserved for the local tribes as they held themselves and their leaders accountable to the just and merciful laws of God.

Rev. E. C. Wines, a renowned authority on the Hebrew Scriptures, explains how America had emulated Moses’ divine national plan. He says,“The Hebrew Constitution, in its substance and its form, in its letter and its spirit, was eminently Republican [a republic]. The power of the people was great and controlling….Whoever attentively considers the…Hebrew and American constitutions cannot but be impressed with the resemblance between them. Their fundamental principles are identical; and many of the details of organization are the same or similar.”

This is the primary reason why America became the freest and most prosperous nation in history. Our forebears tapped into the eternal plan of God for men and nations. They understood that the laws of the universe are unchanging and that God knows best how His world works. Our loving God has not left us in the dark as to the only way of freedom. These colonial settlers also had a great advantage when it came to implementing God’s ways. They were, for the most part, devout believers in Jesus Christ, the God of heaven made flesh, for whom Moses was but a prophet.

This faith made our early settlers “more than conquerors through Christ” and able to govern themselves with moral power and clarity. They also had the “mind of Christ” and the Geneva Bible in their own language to give them the insights needed to create a worldwide example for all nations to experience God’s blessings and liberty.

Can we not see the miraculous confluence of the revealed truths of civil order and the opening up of a new continent for discovery and settlement some four centuries ago? We are the heirs of this American miracle that has led to the political liberty of half of the world! We are more accountable than ever to reapply and obey God’s principles as individuals and as a nation. There is no other way of restoring our national liberty. This one of a kind matrix of liberty is sustained through the faithful, loving lives of Christian believers and guided by the eternal principles laid down 3,500 years ago by God at Mt. Sinai.

Langdon’s final words to the colonial legislators ring down to us as a divine warning. He declared, “If you neglect or renounce that religion taught and commanded in the Holy Scriptures, think no more of freedom, peace, and happiness; the judgments of heaven will pursue you.” Can we see what is at stake here? We are fighting not just for a flag or document but for the Glory of the Lord of Heaven and Earth. Judgment or blessing will pursue us depending on the path we choose.

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[Read the original article at World History Institute.]

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