The Presidents Code – President Pro Tempore Samuel Smith (2)
Samuel Smith was elected as President Pro Tempore during the 20th Congress. Like Nathaniel Macon before him, his first term in this role occurred during the Jefferson Presidency. Also like Macon, his name meaning during Jefferson’s Presidency portrays the punishment of Adam and Eve due to their sin, whereas during this period his name meaning points to the deliverance from this punishment.
Interestingly, during his second tenure as President Pro Tempore, Smith served as Vice-President of the Maryland State Colonization Society which was dedicated to freeing slaves and returning them to lands such as Liberia if they desired. This too points to the deliverance of the Seed of the woman who sets mankind free from the slavery of sin.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Samuel comes from the Hebrew name שמואל ‘Shemuel’ which is a combination of the words שמע ‘shema’ which means to hear and אל ‘El’ which means God. Deliverance comes as a result of God hearing the cries of man. This can be seen during Israel’s enslavement in Egypt (Exodus 2:24; 6:5). This was a picture of confessing faith in the Seed of the woman, Jesus, which is the path to deliverance and restoration to God (Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9-11).
Smith comes from an English surname which means a metal worker or blacksmith. The name is derived from the Old English ‘smitan’ which means to smite or hit. In Hebrew, the striking of a hammer is the word הלם ‘halam.’ The root of this word is לם ‘lam’ which is the staff of a shepherd and represented his authority. Jesus associates His death, the smiting of the Seed of the woman, with Him being shepherd over His flock (John 10:11-18).
Samuel Smith’s term as President Pro Tempore continued into Andrew Jackson‘s Presidency which is a continuation of the theme of the Promised Seed who brings victory over the seed of the serpent.
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