Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.

On July 4, 1776 Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams ” to bring in device for a seal for the United States. “Franklin’s proposal adapted the biblicall story of the parting of the Red Sea. Jefferson first recommended the ” Children of Israel in the Wilderness”, lead by a Cloud by Day, and a Pillar of Fire by Night…..” He then embraced Franklin’s proposal and rewrote it. Jefferson’s revision of Franklin’s proposal was presented by the committee to Congress on August 20. Although not accepted these drafts reveal the religious temper of the Revolutionary period. Franklin and Jefferson were among the most theologically liberal of the Founders, yet they used biblical imagery for this important task.  (Ben Lossing, for Harpers New Monthly July 1856.)

Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.

Thomas Jefferson gave Ben Franklin the nod

“This is now our Seal

Which in time will reveal:

The Fear of the LORD shows: We are no *Nimrod.”

*What does the name Nimrod mean? It comes from the Hebrew verb marad, meaning “rebel.” Adding an “n” before the “m” it becomes an infinitive construct, “Nimrod.”  The meaning then is “The Rebel.” Thus “Nimrod” may not be the character’s name at all. It is more likely a derisive term of a type, a representative, of a system that is epitomized in rebellion against the Creator, the one true God. Rebellion began soon after the Flood as civilizations were restored. At that time this type of person became very prominent. That lead to the Tower of Babel, and the rest is history. From http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/nimrod.html

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lenbilen

Engineer, graduated from Chalmers Technical University a long time ago with a degree in Technical Physics. Career in Aerospace, Analytical Chemistry, and chip manufacturing. Presently adjunct faculty at PSU, teaching one course in Computer Engineering, the Capstone Course.

2 thoughts on “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”

  1. Hi, I do not think you will agree on my take of this. I think obedience to God, is obedience to God. Tyrants certainly are not good. God wants us to defend the weak, but I do not believe that he wants a child of his to rise up in rebellion against their government. I am a pacifist and I do not apologize for it. God is quite capable of overthrowing governments without our help. 2Pet.2:9-13 9The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:10But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.11Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
    12But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
    13And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

  2. Leon. You appear to be somewhat ignorant of how God uses people to overthrow tyrants. The scripture you quote, including those you do not quote, describes how God destroys tyrants using people, arms, force and yes sometimes the tyrants own corruption and arrogance, usually however at the hands of other ‘people.’

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