“Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;” Isaiah 10:1
The Residence Act of July 16, 1790, amended March 3, 1791, was enacted to enable President George Washington to demarcate a 100 square mile site for the District of Columbia, which would be under the jurisdiction of the United States, as the nation’s capitol.
On reflection, I am of the opinion that this “square with 40 markers” symbolizes a forty point star; the star of the chief shepherd: the flaming sword which turned every way.
Subsequent to the fall of Adam and Eve, Genesis 3:24 tell us, “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” History is the story of men trying to gain “The Right of Entrance” to the tree of life.
In Exodus 18, Jethro, the priest of Midian, who was Moses’ father in law, came to see what God had done for Moses and the Israelites. He witnessed the burden of Moses, sitting as Judge, hearing the various matters which the people brought to him to judge. Therefore Jethro gave counsel to Moses, advising him to appoint lower judges to handle the common complaints, in accordance with the law which Moses would teach them.
The hard questions would be brought to Moses himself. Deuteronomy 1:17 says, “Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s; and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.”
The Forty Point Star has as its first point Genesis 3:24; the flaming sword which turned every way, guarding the right of entrance to the tree of life. About 2,000 years ago, the Tree of Life showed up in Israel. Matthew 23 is divided into the other 39 points of the Forty Point Star. This discourse begins, “Then spake Jesus to the multitude and to his disciples, saying, the scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:”. Thus we are to understand that the scribes and Pharisees were in the highest judgment seat, much as our Supreme Court is, in America. As Moses, they were to take difficult matters directly to God, so as form a right judgment.
But Jesus warns Israel, “All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say and do not.” We are to observe the Scriptures for as Isaiah 28:16 promises, “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone, a sure foundation; he that believeth shall not make haste.” This is the center point of the Forty Point Star.
The scribes and Pharisees, are hypocrites; they use the scriptures, but do not act in faith in accordance with them. The scriptures encircling Isaiah 28:16 reveal God’s judgment, as in verses 14-15, “Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell, are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.”
And in verse 17, “Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet…” Back in verse 13 it says, “But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.” When Eli heard that the ark was taken, and that the sign of the death of Hophni and Phineas had come to pass, he fell backward from his seat and died also.
Beginning with Matthew 23:13, we hear a series of eight woes directed to the scribes and the Pharisees, as hypocrites. Notably, verse 13 is the Right of Entrance passage, for it says, ” But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” This is also the sin doubly cursed in Judges 5:23 against Meroz, those guardians of Lucifer. For indeed they consider themselves to be the guardian of the right of entrance; that chief prince of the constellation of great bear, the plough. They do not come to the help of the LORD against the mighty, in any situation.
It is worthwhile, in a quiet moment, to read Matthew 23, and reflect on the depth of the denunciations against the chief priests and scribes and judges, for Jesus ended with this warning: “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate”. And he reminds Israel that he will have a Second Coming.
There are those who rejoice in Joel 1:15, which says, “Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.” But Amos 5:18 warns, “Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! To what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.”