St. Paul’s Chapel New Cedar Tree Where George Washington Worshipped: The Partial Story of Isaiah 9:10

Hubby and I just spent a week in New York City. We had planned to visit the 9/11 Memorial but Spring Breakers were everywhere, and due to security and the need for an advance appointment, we decided it would be a good reason to return and view it when the construction is gone, if that ever happens. We were just across the street at St. Paul’s Chapel, however, and it was awe-inspiring to see this tiny Colonial chuch where General and U.S. President George Washington chose to worship before and after his inauguration. If you have read Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s The Harbinger, you will know of St. Paul’s. The day after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle recited Isaiah 9:10 from the U.S. Senate floor. President Barack Obama recited Isaiah 9:10 in his first State of the Union address in 2009 and presidential hopeful John Edwards recited it at the 2003 anniversary of the attacks. I believe I found Senator Bill Frist also used the same chapter and verse but can’t find confirmation today. So, why does it matter?

The Cedar that Replaced the Sycamore at St. Paul's Cathedral, Across from the 9/11/01 Attacks

The Cedar that Replaced the Sycamore at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Across from the 9/11/01 Attacks

Isaiah 9:10 tells of ancient Israeli’s vow to rebuild after an enormous loss to to their enemy, Assyria, and to do so, seemingly under their own might, not under the power of The Almighty God. Research staffed missed the important verses that came before and after, so we have this vow of arrogance and self-proclaimed might coming out of Washington, D.C. with no acknowledgement that it actually represented Godly affliction on the Nation of Israel. The pesky question: why would it not represent the same for us today?

Isaiah 9:8-9:

The Lord has sent a message against Jacob;
it will fall on Israel.

All the people will know it—
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
who say with pride
and arrogance of heart,

Rather than reading and understanding what led to Isaiah 9:10, just two short verses, three American politicians ignored the background and vowed to commit the same folly of self-aggrandizement. Don’t we know from past legislation that politicians are totally incapable of reading?

10 “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 rest of the story:

11 But the Lord has strengthened Rezin’s foes against them
and has spurred their enemies on.

12 Arameans from the east and Philistines from the west
have devoured Israel with open mouth.

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
his hand is still upraised.

13 But the people have not returned to him who struck them,
nor have they sought the Lord Almighty.

14 So the Lord will cut off from Israel both head and tail,
both palm branch and reed in a single day;

15 the elders and dignitaries are the head,
the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

16 Those who guide this people mislead them,
and those who are guided are led astray.

17 Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men,
nor will he pity the fatherless and widows,
for everyone is ungodly and wicked,
every mouth speaks folly.

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
his hand is still upraised.

18 Surely wickedness burns like a fire;
it consumes briers and thorns,
it sets the forest thickets ablaze,
so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.

19 By the wrath of the Lord Almighty
the land will be scorched
and the people will be fuel for the fire;
they will not spare one another.

20 On the right they will devour,
but still be hungry;
on the left they will eat,
but not be satisfied.
Each will feed on the flesh of their own offspring:

21     Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, and Ephraim on Manasseh;
together they will turn against Judah.

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
his hand is still upraised.

See the cedar peeking to the left of the tall spire tombstone on the right side of photo

See the cedar peeking to the left of the tall spire tombstone on the right side of photo

The blasts from the attacks uprooted and blew down the mammoth Sycamore tree standing on the corner of the St. Paul’s property – which is also a graveyard. It is believed the giant tree protected the chapel and the gravestones from damage. Did we replace the Sycamore with a Sycamore? No. We replaced the Sycamore with a cedar.  Read more detail on this story at PolitiJim.

  • Excellent post Maggie!! These two verses stuck out at me:

    14 So the Lord will cut off from Israel both head and tail,
    both palm branch and reed in a single day;

    15 the elders and dignitaries are the head,
    the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

    Maybe the Lord will do something similar to the politicians and other leaders who teach lies? We certainly do need a cleansing here in the U.S.

    God Bless my friend.

    • Hi Teresa, thank you! So glad you found it interesting. Thanks for these insightful scriptures. So many lordly Godless in control.

  • After reading “The Harbinger” at your suggestion,I can agree with your question … “Why would it not represent the same for us today?” I also know that our leaders have left all Godly warnings out of the equation.

    As “Wild Bill” always says … “America, bless God again.”

    • Hi Carl, we have lost the battle for a country relying on the grace of a Mighty God. We will win in the end, but it won’t be pretty.

  • Those who fail to follow G-d and G-d’s laws are condemned to the flames of Hell. True for people and nations.

  • Mr. AOW and I visited St. Paul’s Chapel a few years after 9/11. It is a miracle that St. Paul’s Chapel was not seriously damaged. Look how close to Ground Zero the chapel is! God’s protective hand, I think.

    The Lord is not mocked — even by the sons of Allah.

    • AOW, yes I’ve seen the photos of the incredible amount of dust and debris inside the church. Incredible that they could clean it but, but surely the hand of God that it was protected.