Daily Tidbits 4/13 – Thomas Jefferson

In the tidbit on the U.S. Presidents, it was seen that the names of the Presidents tells the story of the Bible from Genesis to the days of Messiah.  In the ‘code,’ Jefferson’s name meaning displays different parables.  This is seen in more detail in the article: The Presidents Code – 1796 Election.

As President, Thomas Jefferson’s name is speaking of the serpent in the Garden who brought doubt to Adam and Eve, leading them astray. This doubt placed upon the Word of God, displays a part of the character of Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson believed in the God of the Bible, but doubted the Word.

2nd Inaugural Address:
“I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power, and to whose goodness I ask you to join in supplications with me that He will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures that whatsoever they do shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations.”

Jefferson believed in God but was a Unitarian who denied the divinity of Christ Jesus.

“I rejoice that in this blessed country of free inquiry and belief, which has surrendered its conscience to neither kings or priests, the genuine doctrine of only one God is reviving, and I trust that there is not a young man now living in the United States who will not die a Unitarian.” {6/26/1822 Letter to Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse}

Unitarians adhere to strict monotheism, and maintain that Jesus was a great man and a prophet of God, perhaps even a supernatural being, but not God himself.

 

Jesus being called the Son of God is a proclamation that He is God.
Joh 19:7 Then the Jews answered him, We have a law, and according to our Law He ought to die because He made Himself Son of God!
Joh 10:30 I and the Father are One!
Joh 10:31 Then again the Jews took up stones, that they might stone Him.
Joh 10:32 Jesus answered them, I showed you many good works from My Father. For which work of them do you stone Me?
Joh 10:33 The Jews answered Him, saying, We do not stone You concerning a good work, but concerning blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself God.
Joh 10:34 Jesus answered them, Has it not been written in your Law, “I said, you are gods”? Psa. 82:6
Joh 10:35 If He called those gods with whom the Word of God was, and the Scripture cannot be broken,
Joh 10:36 do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, You blaspheme, because I said, I am Son of God?
Joh 10:37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me.
Joh 10:38 But if I do, even if you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may perceive and may believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.
Luk 22:69 From now on the Son of Man will be sitting at the right of the power of God. Psa. 110:1
Luk 22:70 And they all said, Then are you the Son of God? And He said to them, You say it, because I AM!
Luk 22:71 And they said, Why do we yet have need of witness? For we ourselves heard it from His mouth.

Psa 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
Psa 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
Psa 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Psa 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Psa 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Pro 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Mat 1:23 “Behold! The virgin will conceive in her womb and will bear a son, and they will call His name Emmanuel” (which translated is, God with us). Isa. 7:14

“In summary, then, Jefferson was a deist because he believed in one God, in divine providence, in the divine moral law, and in rewards and punishments after death; but did not believe in supernatural revelation. He was a Christian deist because he saw Christianity as the highest expression of natural religion and Jesus as an incomparably great moral teacher. He was not an orthodox Christian because he rejected, among other things, the doctrines that Jesus was the promised Messiah and the incarnate Son of God. Jefferson’s religion is fairly typical of the American form of deism in his day.” {The Deist Minimum – Avery Dulles}

In a private letter to Benjamin Rush, Jefferson refers to himself as “Christian.” “To the corruptions of Christianity I am, indeed, opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence…” {Letter to Benjamin Rush 4/21/1803}

However, Jefferson did not believe in all the words of Messiah.
In a letter to his close friend William Short, Jefferson clarified, “it is not to be understood that I am with him [Jesus] in all his doctrines. I am a Materialist; he takes the side of Spiritualism; he preaches the efficacy of repentance toward forgiveness of sin; I require a counterpoise of good works to redeem it. Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others, again, of so much ignorance, of so much absurdity, so much untruth and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.” {Letter to William Short 4/13/1820}

Jefferson continued to express his strong objections to the doctrines of the virgin birth, the divinity of Jesus, and the Trinity. In a letter to John Adams (April 11, 1823), Jefferson wrote, “And the day will come, when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as His Father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva, in the brain of Jupiter.”

Jefferson’s opponents call him an infidel because of these heretical beliefs.

During the 1800 presidential campaign, the New England Palladium wrote, “Should the infidel Jefferson be elected to the Presidency, the seal of death is that moment set on our holy religion, our churches will be prostrated, and some infamous ‘prostitute’, under the title of goddess of reason, will preside in the sanctuaries now devoted to the worship of the most High.” {New England Palladium, 1800 remarks about Jefferson}

However, during Jefferson’s tenure as President Congress was used as a place for Church service.  Jefferson was also elected as the first president of the Washington, D.C. public school board which used the Bible as a reading text in the classrom.  Jefferson is quoted as having said “I have always said, always will say, that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens.”  {The Myth of Separation – David Barton pg 130}

separation of church and state

Because of Jefferson’s distrust and abhorrence of certain aspects of religion he was a strong proponent of the freedom of religion.  It is through Jefferson that we get the modern day concept of separation of church and state.  This is used today to teach that religion and government should never be mixed but this is not the understanding of the Founders or Jefferson as religious services and preaching of the Gospel occurred in the halls of Congress and in Executive branch buildings throughout Jefferson’s tenure in office.

Jefferson spoke of a wall of separation between church and state as a means to prevent a certain denominational doctrines of religion from being forced upon the American people.  Nevertheless, this wall of separation does link to the Biblical narrative seen in the Presidents Code as a “wall” was placed between man and the Garden after he ate of the tree of knowledge to prevent him from eating of the tree of life and living forever in that sinful state (Genesis 3:22-24).  Because all have inherited the sin of Adam (Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5), all have corrupted understandings of God (1 Corinthians 13:13) and hence, a wall of separation between church and state is needed to prevent one group of people from forcing their fallible views of God upon another group of people.

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State.” {Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut 1/1/1802}

Jefferson believed that the freedom of religion was the most important right of man.  This is an important bedrock of American society and has been one of the greatest preventative measures against tyrannical government forming as most tyrannies form on the grounds of religious doctrine in one form or another.  In the Presidents Code, this further connects to the narrative of Genesis 3 as freedom of religion corresponds with the knowledge of good and evil and man having the ability to choose what to believe or not to believe.

The need for freedom of religion in a free society is indicative of the sin of Adam in the Garden.  Carnal man can only see spiritual truth through a “glass darkly” (1 Corinthians 13:12).  It is not until the reformation of all things that the truth of God will be revealed openly to mankind (1 John 3:2; Philippians 3:21; 2 Peter 1:4).  Until that time, man must walk in love towards his fellow man.  Love does not persecute and force one’s beliefs upon another, love is patient and forbearing of others (1 Corinthians 13:4-13; 1 John 4:11-21; Colossians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 6:6; Ephesians 4:2). The freedom of religion is at the core of loving one’s neighbor.  As a matter of fact, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution which protect this freedom are in reality founded upon the concept of loving one’s neighbor and respecting their rights.

“Among the most inestimable of our blessings, also, is that… of liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will; a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support.” {Letter to Captain John Thomas 11/18/1807}

“The constitutional freedom of religion [is] the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights.” {Thomas Jefferson – Virginia Board of Visitors 1819}

Jefferson believed he was restoring primitive Christianity, or contending for the faith once delivered.

“Happy in the prospect of a restoration of primitive Christianity, I must leave to younger athletes to encounter and lop off the false branches which have been engrafted into it by the mythologists of the middle and modern ages.” {The Writings of Thomas Jefferson Volume 7 pg 257}

wikipedia.org
“The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the latter years of his life by cutting and pasting numerous sections from various Bibles as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus. Jefferson’s composition excluded sections of the New Testament containing supernatural aspects as well as perceived misinterpretations he believed had been added by the Four Evangelists.”

“In extracting the pure principles which he taught, we should have to strip off the artificial vestments in which they have been muffled by priests, who have travestied them into various forms, as instruments of riches and power to themselves. We must dismiss the Platonists and Plotinists, the Stagyrites and Gamalielites, the Eclectics, the Gnostics and Scholastics, their essences and emanations, their logos and demiurges, aeons and daemons, male and female, with a long train of … or, shall I say at once, of nonsense. We must reduce our volume to the simple evangelists, select, even from them, the very words only of Jesus, paring off the amphibologisms into which they have been led, by forgetting often, or not understanding, what had fallen from him, by giving their own misconceptions as his dicta, and expressing unintelligibly for others what they had not understood themselves. There will be found remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man. I have performed this operation for my own use, by cutting verse by verse out of the printed book, and arranging the matter which is evidently his, and which is as easily distinguishable as diamonds in a dunghill. The result is an octavo of forty-six pages, of pure and unsophisticated doctrines.” {Letter to John Adams 10/13/1813}

Jefferson’s Bible was 46 pages. 46 is the number of chromosomes in the human body. DNA is a picture of the Word. Here is a counterfeit version of the Word proposed by Jefferson, a picture of the serpent in the beginning who spoke 46 words to Eve to lead her astray.

Jefferson’s Razor

A close-up of the one of the source books Jefferson used.

Using a razor, Jefferson cut and pasted his arrangement of selected verses from the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in chronological order, mingling excerpts from one text to those of another in order to create a single narrative. Thus he begins with Luke 2 and Luke 3, then follows with Mark 1 and Matthew 3. He provides a record of which verses he selected and of the order in which he arranged them in his “Table of the Texts from the Evangelists employed in this Narrative and of the order of their arrangement.”

There is an interesting connection to Jefferson and the razor seen in the Hebrew language. The Hebrew word מורה ‘morah’ is translated as razor. It is speaking of an archer or one who throws an arrow, literally lightning. מורה ‘morah’ comes from the root מרה ‘marah’ which means bitterness or rebellion. The Hebrew word ירה ‘yarah’ also displays this concept of the throwing of lightning. ירה ‘yarah’ is speaking of teaching, as in pointing the way one is to walk. ירה ‘yarah’ is the root of the word תורה ‘torah’ which is speaking of the Word.

Satan is likened to lightning falling from heaven.

Luk 10:18 And He said to them, I saw Satan falling out of Heaven as lightning!

Here we see a counterfeit word brought forth by the adversary which is displayed by Jefferson through his cutting out verses of the Bible.

Another Hebrew word for razor is צור ‘tsor’ which is a picture of flint with a razor sharp edge. צור ‘tsor’ comes from the root צר ‘tsar’ which means an enemy. Again a reference to the adversary.
Mat 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

The Hebrew word תער ‘ta’ar’ also is translated as a razor. תער ‘ta`ar’ comes from the root ער ‘ar’ which means naked or smooth bare skin as the razor is used to make one hairless. ער ‘ar’ is also the root word of ערום ‘arum’ which means subtil or deceptive in Hebrew. A ‘smooth’ talker.

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil {ערום ‘arum’} than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

 

In the Presidents Code, Thomas Jefferson‘s Presidency pictures the serpent infiltrating the Garden of Eden. This is not to say however that Thomas Jefferson was an infidel or the personification of evil. Jefferson, as mentioned before, considered himself a Christian and attended church regularly throughout his life, especially as President. He believed in God and following morality was of utmost importance in a free society.

“The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, He [God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in His discourses.” {Letter to James Fishback 9/27/1809}

As Vice President Jefferson pictured the marriage of Adam and Eve which Scripture declares as a good thing (Genesis 2:18; Proverbs 18:22). Aside from being President, Jefferson is best known for being the primary author of the Declaration of Independence which pictures the Word of God. This role would put him in the position of representing the Almighty as He is the Author of the Word (2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 68:11; Hebrews 12:2).

This declaration that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness points to the creation of the universe by the Word of God. The United States were founded upon this document, just as all of creation was founded upon the Word of God (Psalm 33:6; 119:52, 89; 1 John 2:17; 2 John 1:5-6). Here then we see Jefferson in the role of God.

The name Thomas, as mentioned before means ‘twin.’ This points to God the Father and His Son who is in His Image (Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:3), from whom creation came forth (Colossians 1:16; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:2; Genesis 1:26; 3:22; Isaiah 6:8; John 3:11-12; 8:13-19 ). The last name Jefferson has controversial origins. Most believe it traces back to Geoffrey which was discussed earlier. Others trace the name back to ‘Godafrid’ which means God of Peace. This name would be referring to the Creator (Romans 15:33; 16:20; Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20).

Further displaying the connection between Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence and the Word of God are the writings of John Locke. In writing the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson borrowed heavily from John Locke’s Second Essay of Government.

John Locke wrote that all men are naturally in a ‘state of perfect freedom’ and ‘a State also of Equality.’ He defined this liberty by the ‘Golden Rule’ of ‘do unto others as ye would have them do unto you.’ Jesus declared that this ‘Golden Rule’ is the summation of the Word of God (Matthew 7:12).

And Reason, which is that Law, teaches all Mankind, who will be consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his Life, Health, Liberty, or Possessions. For Men being all the Workmanship of one Omnipotent, and infinitely wise Maker: All the Servants of one Sovereign Master, sent into the World by his Order, and about his Business, they are his Property, whose Workmanship they are, made to last during his, not one another’s Pleasure.” {John Locke – Second Treatise of Civil Government: Chapter 2}

Locke equated the Law of Nature with the Law of God written in the Holy Scriptures, specifically referring to verses such as Genesis 9:6, Exodus 21:23-25, Leviticus 24:19-20 and Deuteronomy 19:21. Locke spoke of the Natural Law, or the Law of Reason as the Law of God in which man was given from the beginning.

The Law, that was to govern Adam, was the same, that was to govern all his Posterity, the Law of Reason.

Adam was created a perfect Man, his Body and Mind in full possession of their Strength and Reason, and so was capable, from the first Instant of his Being to provide for his own Support and Preservation, and govern his Actions according to the Dictates of the Law of Reason which God had implanted in him.” {John Locke – Second Treatise of Civil Government: Chapter 6}

Yet another connection between the Natural Law of which the Declaration of Independence is based upon and the Word of God is John Locke’s definition of the Natural Law as the Will of God. The Holy Scriptures define the will of God as His Word (Psalm 40:8; Matthew 12:50; Luke 8:21).

Thus the Law of Nature stands as and Eternal Rule to all Men, Legislators as well as others. The rules that they make for other Men’s Actions, must, as well as their own, and other Men’s Actions, be conformable to the Law of Nature, i.e. to the Will of God, of which that is a Declaration, and the fundamental Law of Nature being the preservation of Mankind, no Human Sanction can be good, or valid against it.” {John Locke – Second Treatise of Civil Government: Chapter 17}

Samuel Adams, who was called the ‘Father of the American Revolution,’ further elaborated on John Locke’s writings.

“…The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty…’The Rights of the Colonists as Christians’…may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.” {Samuel Adams – Rights of the Colonists}

Thomas Jefferson credited Samuel Adams with ‘steering’ America towards Independence.

“If there was any Palinurus to the Revolution, Samuel Adams was the man.” Palinurus was the helmsman of Aeneas’s ship in Virgil’s ‘Aeneid.’” {The Life of Thomas Jefferson – Henry Stephens Randall pg 182}

Jefferson also declared Samuel Adams as “truly the Man of the Revolution.” {Old Revolutionaries – Maier Pauline pg 5}

Here we see Jefferson being greatly influenced by John Locke and Samuel Adams who declared that the unalienable rights of the Creator are the essence of the ‘Natural Law’ which is in reality, the Law of God.

Shadows of Messiah – The Declaration of Independence

Shadows of Messiah – The Constitution

 

Related articles:

The Presidents Code – Thomas Jefferson (summary)

The Presidents Code – Vice President Thomas Jefferson.

The Presidents Code – Thomas Jefferson

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