MembersSeparation of powers à la the Bible

Separation of powers is not a new idea, and was proposed before the original entry into the Promised Land. All three powers must work together to accomplish God’s vision.

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Bible, Politics, Judicial Reform
The Supreme Court Photo: Chaim Goldberg/Flash90

Even in war, people can’t take a break. In the middle of the current war, the old-new political crisis of the separation of powers broke out afresh. At the end of 2023, there were strong reactions after a draft judgment was leaked, revealing that the justices of the Supreme Court would reject the controversial ‘Reasonableness Law,’ which was passed last summer as part of the government’s judicial reform. And in fact, a slim majority of eight of the 15 members of the Supreme Court decided on January 1, 2024 to repeal the law. It is the first time that Israel’s Supreme Court has overturned a constitutional-like Basic Law. Many right-wing voters and politicians were stunned. A separation of powers is important and the first leader of the Children of Israel in the Bible, Moses, insisted on this.

 

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One response to “Separation of powers à la the Bible”

  1. Disciple 1978 says:

    And what is the common factor in these three elements of the nation’s life? They’re all fulfilled in Messiah. He is King, Judge and High Priest. Not just over Israel but over the whole earth. He is King of Kings, Judge of all the earth and Great High Priest.
    How did Messiah reconcile the civil, political and religious challenges of his day? It’s all there in the gospels. Messiah was able to correctly interpret scripture for every scenario, and he is on hand to do the same today for those who would earnestly seek him. Seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness humbles a man (or institution, organisation) and destroys his pride, be he great or small. We get more practice of this during Messiah’s millennium reign.

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