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Compare Moses way and our way to
'make rulers over you'

Think about this. When we elect a President, there is a swearing in ceremony. The President (Moses) places his hand on the Bible while the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Aaron) administers the Oath of Office. This oath is administered at noon, the very time the old president is out and the president-elect becomes President. Power is transferred with the oath of office. With reference to, "and I will make then rulers over you." Symbolically, this hand on the Bible ceremony pictures God making that man ruler. And the oath makes the newly elected President responsible to God for his conduct when he says, "So help me God."

More to think about. Moses said we were to elect men who were wise, understanding and known. When you vote for a Mayor, Councilman, even a Congressman you might personally know him. But do you really know most of the candidates for office? And if you don't 'know' that man are you really qualified to vote for or against him?  In an effort to get known, many candidates exhaust themselves meeting as many people as possible. Some local candidates will go door to door just to say 'hello'. So, If you are running for office and want to get votes, get 'known' and hopefully have a reputation of being wise and understanding.

At That Time

   Here, from Deuteronomy 1, are verses 9, 16 and 18;

   9 And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone:

   16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear [the causes] between your brethren, and judge righteously between [every] man and his brother, and the stranger [that is] with him.

   18 And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do.

A History Lesson

"At that time" referred back to a past event. In these first chapters of Deuteronomy, (the first part of Moses speech), Moses was giving a history lesson. "That time" is recorded in Exodus 18: 13-27. 

Exodus 18:13-27 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. 14 And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What [is] this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? 

   15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God 16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make [them] know the statutes of God, and his laws.

   17 And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest [is] not good. 18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that [is] with thee: for this thing [is] too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. 19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: 20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. 21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place [such] over them, [to be] rulers of thousands, [and] rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

   22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, [that] every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear [the burden] with thee. 23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee [so], then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.

   24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said. 25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. 27 And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.

   In Exodus 18-27 Moses mentioned several things including,

Legal terms. Laws, statutes, judgments  (judge) and ordinances.

The Appellate Court System.  "The hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves."

Additional qualifications for office.


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Question 7:  Moses mentioned four additional qualifications for office, which one of the following was not mentioned? (See navy colored italic type above.)

   Able men.

   Such as fear God.

   Husband of one wife. 

   Men of truth.

   Hating covetousness.