George Washington: His first inaugural address as compared to Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.

 

George Washington

First Inaugural Address
In the City of New York

Thursday, April 30, 1789

On Thursday, April 30, 1789, our first President, the father of our country, took his oath of office in New York City at Federal Hall on Wall Street. The Bible on which the oath was sworn belonged to New York’s St. John’s Masonic Lodge. The new President gave his inaugural address before a joint session of the two Houses of Congress assembled inside the Senate Chamber.

What I will capture in this posting are all of his references to God Almighty and the significance of these words in light of God’s promises to the children of Israel.

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and of the House of Representatives:

“…Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my fellow-citizens at large less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency; and in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities from which the event has resulted cannot be compared with the means by which most governments have been established without some return of pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed. You will join with me, I trust, in thinking that there are none under the influence of which the proceedings of a new and free government can more auspiciously commence…

In these honorable qualifications I behold the surest pledges that as on one side no local prejudices or attachments, no separate views nor party animosities, will misdirect the comprehensive and equal eye which ought to watch over this great assemblage of communities and interests, so, on another, that the foundation of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens and command the respect of the world. I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my country can inspire, since there is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained; and since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered, perhaps, as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people…

Having thus imparted to you my sentiments as they have been awakened by the occasion which brings us together, I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign Parent of the Human Race in humble supplication that, since He has been pleased to favor the American people with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquility, and dispositions for deciding with unparalleled unanimity on a form of government for the security of their union and the advancement of their happiness, so His divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.”

In these words, George Washington consecrated the Union of the United States to the God of the Bible. Just as Israel has a covenant with their God, Yahveh; so George Washington, designated by the People of the United States, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, explained the conditions under which America could maintain its national blessing. These conditions are expressed below.

  1. Acknowledge the God of the Bible
  2. Acknowledge that God is a remedy for our human imperfections and shortcomings
  3. Our liberty and happiness are dependent on God’s blessing
  4. Public and private good are tied to this God of blessing
  5. Since our creation is miraculous we are bound to acknowledge and adore this God
  6. Every national success is attributable to the blessings of God.
  7. We must be humble in anticipation of future blessing
  8. Success of our form of Government is tied to the influence of the Lord
  9. National Policy is tied to our private morality
  10. God will not bless the United States when we disregard God’s laws of order and right
  11. If our republican model fails, we can only blame ourselves for departing from God.
  12. Therefore, teach generations of Americans that we have been granted divine blessing
  13. We must acknowledge the blessings of Almighty God if our union is to remain secure, our people are to be happy, and our Government is to succeed.

The blessings described in the Books of Moses are dependent upon our national behavior. If we obey God’s commandments:

  1. Our nation will remain above all nations
  2. People will not resist God or want God removed from the public square
  3. Weather will be favorable to accommodate maximum yields
  4. We will live in a land of plenty; crime and murder will not be a problem
  5. Cities will be sanctuaries of blessing
  6. Victory on the battlefield ensured even with a smaller force
  7. Enemies will flee on the battlefield
  8. Families will have harmony
  9. People will be at peace in body, mind, and spirit
  10. Other nations will be in awe of a righteous nation
  11. The nation and citizenry will succeed in all they do
  12. We will be a nation of plenty
  13. We will lend to those who need but not borrow from anyone
  14. We will be number one among nations in all our endeavors
  15. God will abide with those who love and obey Him.

However, a nation that turns from God will be cursed. If we do not obey God’s commandments:

  1. We will be cursed in all we do
  2. Because we come to enjoy wickedness, many will perish quickly
  3. Our nation will suffer from Terrorism, disease will spread and there will be no cure
  4. Mental disease will increase
  5. Others will possess what you own
  6. Debt will abound and you will borrow and not lend
  7. Another man will lie with your wife
  8. Many will be sorrowful
  9. Lack of rain and heat will result in bad harvests
  10. Death shall come from the heavens
  11. The pride of your nation’s power will be broken
  12. Enemies will consume the fruit of your labor
  13. We will take heavy losses on the battlefield
  14. Those that hate you will gain advantage over you
  15. The Foreigner among you will rise above you
  16. We will withdraw when none pursue us
  17. National treasure will be spent in vain
  18. Crop failures will become common
  19. Locusts will consume the fruit from your trees
  20. Your children will be stolen from you
  21. Livestock will die
  22. Those that hate Israel, those who claim the covenant will attack you in your cities
  23. They will bring pestilence upon the land
  24. People will not be satisfied
  25. Your nation will lose its wealth
  26. Oppression shall increase in the land
  27. The nation will witness horrors with their eyes
  28. You will destroy and consume your own children
  29. Your high places will be destroyed
  30. The image of your nation will be tread upon
  31. Our cities will become ghettos
  32. Our sanctuaries of worship will be empty
  33. Enemies within your borders will bring desolation
  34. You will live among non-believers
  35. You will be hunted and your cities will be laid waste
  36. Your enemies shall gain possession of your land
  37. You will know hunger and thirst
  38. Wild animals will eat your dead
  39. You and your leaders will be taken captive into a land with foreign gods
  40. The nation and their people shall suffer humiliation
  41. A nation from afar with a foreign tongue that flies like an eagle will come against you
  42. This nation will be fierce and show no compassion
  43. All of your cites will be besieged by this enemy
  44. Men will turn against their wives and children
  45. Women will turn against their husbands and children
  46. Cannibalism will occur
  47. Children will go into captivity
  48. The nation will live in fear
  49. Those that survive will be exiled, others will be continually fearful
  50. We will fail before our enemies
  51. Many of us will die among the heathen
  52. We will become slaves
  53. We will be left few in number
  54. In captivity, we will lament what we have done
  55. When we humble ourselves and accept our national punishment, then the Lord will remember us and eventually deliver us.

I understand that many who read this will not be able to accept it because we feel that this could never happen to us. According to the Lord and the agreement that George Washington made with the Lord God, our national destiny is tied to our willingness to obey the commandments and to repent when we sin. Unfortunately, we accept behavior, which God hates, in the name of tolerance. As we depart from the commandments, do you feel like we are being blessed or do you perceive that there is a terrible sickness in society? Do your part. Invite the Holy Spirit into your heart and then invite your neighbor to church with you. Jesus changes hearts. Let’s help bring him to others. Remember, perfect love casts out all fear. May peace be with you, Joe.

 

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3 responses to “George Washington: His first inaugural address as compared to Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.

  1. Steven DASKAL

    Thanks, Joe.

    I appreciate the thought, and agree that a nation of Christians must remain true to Christ and His teachings, which are the completion of the Law.

    But neither the Church nor the USA are under the Law of Moses, and the special covenants which God made with B’nai Yisroel at Sinai and again at the Jordan after the preceding generation died in the wilderness are for Israel, not for the USA.

    I think it is dangerous to go down the path of thinking of the USA as a “new Zion” or a new promised land. If that were true, then it would imply that the USA has replaced Israel in God’s economy, which is not the case. There is only one Israel of God, and there is only one holy and catholic [i.e., universal] church. God has made covenants with Israel, and with the church, but NOT with the USA.

    The role of the USA can much better be seen as analogous to that of Persia, which served as a protector/restorer of Israel and of the Temple, enabling the Jews under Ezra and Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple and reconsecrate it to God. The ancient Shahs of Persia, Cyrus, Darius, etc. recognized the God of Israel as a powerful God, respected His power, and protected His people, but they were not themselves a chosen people or holy land.

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