Thursday, April 30, 2015

U.S. Senator Tom Daschle Quoted Bible Verse Isaiah 9:10 in Speech on September 12, 2001

Senator Majority Leader tom Daschle
September 12, 2001
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In the previous post we looked at then-Senator John Kerry's words in his speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate the day after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and how his words paralleled the defiance against God echoing from ancient Israel in Isaiah 9:10. But John Kerry was not the only United States leader who made a speech that day. (Tweet that!)

If I may simply quote a short portion of Jonathan Cahn's book The Harbinger Companion with Study Guide, because he explains it so succinctly:

On the morning of September 12, 2001, a day after America's calamity, the al Qaeda breach, the US Senate and House of Representatives, the representative bodies of the entire American nation, issued a joint resolution in response to 9/11. 
After the resolution was read, condemning the attacks, expressing condolences, and calling for unity, a war against the terrorists, and punishment of the guilty parties, the Senate majority Leader, Tom Daschle, the highest representative of the nation's highest legislative body, rose to speak. 
At the end of the speech, Daschle uttered the following: 
I know that there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation, but there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that I think speaks to all of us at times like this… 
The bricks have fallen down,
But we will rebuild with dressed stone;
The fig trees have been felled,
But we will replace them with cedars. 
(The Harbinger Companion with Study Guide by Jonathan Cahn, pp 57-58.)
Could it be clearer? On the day after the terrorist attacks 9/11, on the floor of the very place that represents all the people of America, Isaiah 9:10 was spoken to us and on behalf of us.

However, this Bible verse is not something that pleases God. Rather, it is a statement of defiance against God!

This is not a coincidence. This is not a mistake. This surely was not planned by Tom Daschle. (I'd really really really like to know who the speech writer was. Just curious.) But as I said in my previous post, this is God showing up, whispering to all who will listen, making Himself known, through the leaders He has put in power over us. (Tweet that!) He is using them and guiding their every word.

Is that not a display of the answer to prayer of those who pray for our leaders as we are commanded to do in the Bible? (Tweet that!) Of course it is.

Do not worry. God is at work. We are in His hands. (Tweet that!)

If you think this is the only time one of our leaders quoted the Isaiah 9:10 passage in a speech, it's not. (Tweet that!) Come back on Saturday for another dose of Isaiah 9:10.

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