Back to Reach • Devotion 2

Thomas Jefferson
Dr. Randy Johnson

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) served as the third president of the United States. He was also a lawyer, architect, philosopher, and had previously served as the second vice president of the United States.

President Jefferson said, “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.” Jefferson’s faith has been challenged recently, but it appears he was wise enough to fear God. Our founding fathers knew God was just.

In Psalm 9:7-8, David says, “But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.”

Due to the concept of wanting our nation to be known for justice, people have been promised a fair trial with witnesses. The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution says, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”

This concept of witnesses is seen in the Bible. Deuteronomy 19:15 says, “A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established.”

The importance of witnesses is recorded in both the Old and New Testaments.
Matthew 18:16 adds, “But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.”

Deuteronomy 32:4 is a great reminder of who God is, “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”

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