Daily Tidbits 3/15 – Andrew Jackson

Mar 8:36  For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?
Mar 8:37  Or what shall a man give as an exchange for his soul?

Andrew Jackson’s name meaning in the list of Presidents {The Presidents Code} is speaking of the promise of the Redeemer, despite the rebellion of man in the Garden.  This exemplifies Jackson’s life.  A warrior both on the battlefield and as President against the powerful bankers.  A man that did not live a holy life yet, in the end repented and turned to the Most High.

Jackson was nicknamed “Old Hickory” because of his toughness and aggressive personality; he fought in duels, some fatal to his opponents.  John Quincy Adams said he earned the nickname because he was ‘as tough as hickory wood.’  This is the state of unregenerate man.  In the Scriptures this would be called ‘stiffnecked.’  It is interesting to note that the word for archer/warrior is קשת ‘qeshet’ which comes from the root קשה ‘qasheh’ which means stiff or hard as in stiffnecked.

The democratic party formed around Andrew Jackson.

The word Democrat traces back to the Hebrew אדמה ערץ ‘adamah eretz’ which means ‘man of the earth.’   Jackson considered himself a man who represented the people and even wanted to get rid of the delegate process of voting and set up a purely democratic voting system.

He strengthened the power of the presidency, which he saw as spokesman for the entire population, as opposed to Congressmen from a specific small district.

Jackson supported an “agricultural republic” {man of the earth} and felt the national Bank improved the fortunes of an “elite circle” of commercial and industrial entrepreneurs at the expense of farmers and laborers.

As President, Jackson worked to rescind the bank’s federal charter. In Jackson’s veto message, the bank needed to be abolished because:
It concentrated the nation’s financial strength in a single institution,
It exposed the government to control by foreign interests,
It served mainly to make the rich richer,
It exercised too much control over members of Congress,
It favored northeastern states over southern and western states,
Banks are controlled by a few select families.

“You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the grace of the Eternal God, will rout you out.”

It is interesting to note that the word for tyrant is related to democracy {אדמה ערץ ‘adamah eretz’ } as well.  The word for a tyrant in Hebrew is עריץ ‘ariyts’ from the root ערץ ‘arets.’  Jackson’s opponents considered him to be more of a tyrant than a man of the people calling him ‘King Mob.’

During the election, Jackson’s opponents referred to him as a “jackass”. Jackson liked the name and used the jackass as a symbol for a while, but it died out. However, it later became the symbol for the Democratic Party when cartoonist Thomas Nast popularized it.

A jackass is associated with battles and fighting of which Andrew Jackson epitomized.  Jackson was known for dueling.  He had so many bullets in his body that it was said he ‘rattled like a bag of marbles.’

Gen 16:12  And he shall be a wild ass of a man, his hand against all, and the hand of everyone against him; and he shall live before all his brothers.

This too is speaking of unregenerate man.
Job 11:12  For foolish man takes heart, and man is born a wild ass’s colt.

Another Hebrew word for a wild donkey is ערד ‘arad’ which comes from the root רד which means to spread out.  This is also root the word רדה ‘radah’ which means a ruler, as one who walks among the people, in the sense of spreading out rather than ruling on the throne alone.

It is interesting to note that the English word ‘raid’ also comes from this root רד.  A raid is an attack for pillage and looting where the raiders traverse the land.  A corruption of democracy is socialism where the people are ‘raided’ and the ‘aristocrats’ {aristocrat comes from the same Hebrew origin as Democrat} or those in positions of power obtain the wealth.

Andrew Jackson was raised in a Presbyterian home and acknowledge God through his life but an examination of his fruit reveals that this was just ‘head knowledge’ and not indicative of a true relationship with the Almighty.

Andrew Jackson stated in his 2nd Inaugural address:
“It is my fervent prayer to that Almighty Being before whom I now stand, and who has kept us in His hands from the infancy of our Republic to the present day…that He will…inspire the hearts of my fellow-citizens that we may be preserved from danger.”

Letter to Ellen Hanson, 25 March 1835

“I was brought up a rigid Presbeterian, to which I have always adhered. Our excellent constitution guarantees to every one freedom of religion, and charity tells us, and you know Charity is the reall basis of all true religion, and charity says judge the tree by its fruit.  All who profess christianity, believe in a Saviour and that by and through him we must be saved. We ought therefor to consider all good christians, whose walk corresponds with their professions, be him Presbeterian, Episcopalian, Baptist, methodist or Roman catholic. let it be remembered by your Grandmother that no established religion can exist under our glorious constitution.”

On March 4, 1837, President Jackson delivered his Farewell Address and reiterated the theme of America’s unique destiny in world history:

“You have the highest of human trusts committed to your care. Providence has showered on this favored land blessings without number, and has chosen you as the guardians of freedom, to preserve it for the benefit of the human race. May He who holds in His hands the destinies of nations, make you worthy of the favors He has bestowed, and enable you, with pure hearts and hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to the end of time, the great charge He has committed to your keeping.” {America’s God and Country – William Federer pg 310}

“Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.”

It wasn’t until the end of his life that Jackson truly turned to the Most High.

The Conversion of President Andrew Jackson
“Retirement years brought on seasons of serious reflection. The seed sown by Peter Cartwright was finally ready to bear fruit as God’s Word was not about to return void.

“The evening of his stormy life had come. The remains of his much loved wife were resting in the humble graveyard near the house. At last thoughts of eternity were forced upon him. After attending a series of religious meetings Jackson became greatly convicted of his sin. He passed the night walking in his chamber in anguish and prayer. In the morning he announced to his family his full conviction that he had repented of his sins, and, through faith in Jesus Christ, had obtained forgiveness. Family prayer was immediately established… he was privileged to read through the Bible twice.” {Quotes and Quaint Stories of Great Americans – Ray Chamberlin – pg 36}

On May 29, 1845, only a few weeks before his death, Jackson declared:
“Sir, I am in the hands of a merciful God. I have full confidence in his goodness and mercy…. The Bible is true… Upon that sacred volume I rest my hope for eternal salvation, through the merits and blood of our blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.” {America’s God and Country – William Federer pg 312}

Before expiring, Andrew Jackson made a last appeal for America to build her future on the blessed Word of God. “That book, Sir, is the Rock upon which our republic rests.” {America’s God and Country – William Federer pg 311 }

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