As I continue to learn more & more about the founding of America, I am becoming more & more fascinated with the workings of governments. Coming from someone who, in the past, couldn’t care less, this in itself is pretty amazing!
Also, coming from someone who looks to God’s grace & His new Covenant – which replaces completely the old Covenant (Galatians 4:22-31), wherein we found the Old Testaments laws (government) of God given through Moses – this is all the more surprising. Government produces laws. But the just shall live by faith…there seems to be an antithesis at work here, doesn’t there? Yes, I’m mixing spiritual truth with temporal environments & workings, but…can they really be separated?
In a post from March, 2014, America…and Law vs. Grace, I wrote about the possibility that no matter how perfectly our Constitutional laws were applied, in the end, even the glorious *Redeemer Nation, the United States of America & her government would fall short. In the end, only the ways of God in Christ would prevail, not through the systems of man but through the Son of God, our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.
Well…I didn’t realize at that time, how instrumental were the Old Testament systems of government in our own.** If someone doesn’t point this out, I think many of us would not realize it. So now, I’m in the middle of quite a rethink, and it’s going down deep….
Everyone knows that, according to Scripture, in ancient times the nation of Israel wandered 4o years in the desert, with Moses leading them. Up until now, my understanding of this long, drawn-out trek was that the Israelites just weren’t getting it. They were going about everything the wrong way. The LORD had His hands full, bringing them into the Promised Land of Canaan! I’ve heard sermons about being bull-headed & rebellious resulting in long stretches of wilderness in our own lives…
.. and I’m not saying all these things aren’t true.
But it occurs to me, one thing that isn’t normally taught, is that during this time the LORD gave the blueprint for the government of the future United States of America. The same Moses who brought those stone tablets of Law down from Mt. Sinai – and because of that is called ‘one who accuses’ – is also the Moses who implemented rulership of ‘the People’!! The Moses who, according to Josephus & others, was being groomed to be the next Pharaoh (The Hidden Moses ), a Pharaoh who ruled the people, instead became the Moses who set up the system that allowed the people to rule! And perhaps, even in large part, this was one of God’s purposes for that wilderness jaunt. If this be true, how foolish we are today to ignore that miraculous gift! We have been given the answers!
How much God loves us, how much forethought & effort He put out so long ago, to bring America forth in her time! People, we need to catch this vision! This IS the vision of our Founders! When they produced our Declaration of Independence & our Constitution, they were working in accord with the mind of God!
“…in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”
….so we have here a first example of people’s government, seen in the structure of ancient Hebrew life.
Enter (many, many centuries later) the Anglo Saxons.
Around 450 AD, the Anglo Saxons arrived in southern Britain. Their intention of temporarily joining with the king of Kent to combat his enemies resulted in a permanent arrangement, as well as a name change from Britain to Anglo-land (or England). With their ruling presence came their “institutes of constitutional government…almost identical with those of ancient Israel.”**
I cannot help but draw a connecting line between these two ‘testimonies’ of sorts, spoken, written & enacted in the governments of each of these two nations, the Israelites of old & the Saxons who eventually peopled England, the mother country of those forever gloried thirteen colonies now known as the United States of America. Is it not then possible, that this strong & free nation of America, with her fortifying Constitutional rule of law by the People is – and was always intended to be – an established word of God? Of which it was testified & foreshadowed by two powerful ‘witnesses’?
GREAT & MIGHTY is our God!
*Ernest L. Tuveson, Redeemer Nation **W. Cleon Skousen, The Making of America, pp.41-62, ‘Discovery of the Ancient Principles’.