Beza on the Mosaic Law

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Christusregnat

Puritan Board Professor
IV. Examples from the Monarchy of the Israelites

Let us now proceed to the polity of Israel, the most perfect of all that ever were , if only the Israelites had been satisfied with it. The fact that the eternal God was from the beginning its sole monarch exalted that polity as it were beyond the stars, not merely because He Himself held supreme authority over all things, but (also) because He did so in a unique way; for through Moses He visibly drew up their laws for the Israelites; through Joshua as it were with arms thrust out He brought His people into the promised land; and finally He commanded and governed them, that it is in the person of those men whom He Himself had directly appointed to the government of that (polity and) who were called Judges.

At that time therefore the Jewish polity was truly monarchical (although God employed the service of certain men in accordance with His will), and if all kingdoms had this Monarch, or at least if all monarchs always allowed themselves to be directed by this supreme Lord of the universe, this present inquiry would be no less redundant than it is now (universally) recognized to be indispensable. For that blessed state of this commonwealth (which never befell any other people but this) was changed in an amazing and unusual way. For the monarchical constitutions of other nations have degenerated into tyrannies by the fault of the monarchs themselves; but the Israelites, not recognizing such a great boon, as it were against His will compelled that true Monarch of theirs, who could never have become a tyrant, to appoint them a human king as for other people also. The Lord therefore at length granted their wishes but in anger and indignation, not that He desired by that act to disapprove of a monarchical constitution as such, but because this change had proceeded from a hot-headed and stubborn people.[/quote]


Theodore Beza, The Right of Magistrates Over Their Subjects (1572)
 

Scott1

Puritanboard Commissioner
Very interesting fellow, Mr. Beza- 50 years following after Mr. Calvin. Looking forward to learning more of him and what he wrote.
 

Christusregnat

Puritan Board Professor
Very interesting fellow, Mr. Beza- 50 years following after Mr. Calvin. Looking forward to learning more of him and what he wrote.

I have been studying for a conference I'm doing in October on Reformation and Resistance, and Beza has been very helpful.

He has an excellent life of John Calvin as well, which is easily procurable.

Cheers,
 
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