Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thesis 29: Patriarchy and Resistance to Tyranny in the Early Days of the Old Testament

God blesses the Families of those who stand against the lawless State.[1]

1. Exodus 1:17-21; cp. #78; James 2:25

In Tactics of Christian Resistance Gary North writes:

Confronted by Tyrants:
Abraham deceived Pharaoh, and God blessed him (Genesis 12).
Jacob wrestled with Laban, and God prospered him (Genesis 29-31).
Joseph performed outstanding slave service, and became ruler of Egypt (Genesis 39-41).
Moses said, "Let my people go," and God gave deliverance (Exodus 1-14).
Ehud presented Eglon with a gift: a hiltless sword in the gut (Judges 3).
Jael lured Sisera to sleep, and drove a tent-peg through his skull (Judges 4-5).
David cut off the corner of Saul's robe, and then repented of it (l Samuel 24).
Jehosheba and Jehoiada concealed prince Joash from Athaliah (ll Kings 11).
Obadiah worked quietly for the LORD at Ahab's court, while Elijah prophesied against Ahab's sins (I Kings 18).
Azariah rebuked King Uzziah for trying to make the church a department of the state (II Chronicles 26).
Jeremiah counseled submission to Nebuchadnezzar, while Hannaniah counseled rebellion (Jeremiah 26-28).
Daniel and his friends served Nebuchadnezzar faithfully, but refused to worship his gods (Daniel 3-6).
Jesus Christ answered not a word to the charges of the High priest and to the questions of the Roman Governor (Matthew 26:63;27:14).
Paul made full use of his rights as a Roman citizen in arguing his case (Acts. 23-26).
The Early Christians paid their taxes, but went to the lions rather than turn in scrolls of the Bible.
Thomas Becket was slain in a cathedral rather than let King Henry II lay taxes directly on the Church.
Andrew Melville told King James VI of Scotland that he was not a king, nor a lord, nor a head, but only a member in Christ's Church.
The Founding Fathers declared that George III had broken covenant with the Christians of America.

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