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What Rises To The Top?

If you work in a dairy, you are well familiar with the origin of the saying "the cream rises to the top." It's become an analogy in the business or political world for having the most-qualified and best-suited people in positions of leadership. The logic of it is sometimes valid. If however, for example, you work as a welder, you know that what's good doesn't always rise to the top - not all refining works like cream is separated. To welders, the "slag," the inferior impurities, are what rises to the top of the molten metal as some types of welding is done. After the weld cools and solidifies, the worthless and brittle slag is easily chipped off just by lightly tapping it with a slag hammer, exposing the actual weld, the best of what welding is all about, below. In nature, as well as in politics (which is also nature, human nature), the very best, or the very worst, can be found at the top.

Cream and Slag

Cream or Slag? Secular human history, from the most ancient times right to the present, is rife with examples of humans who rose to the top of their nation, political leaders who were either "cream," such as Britain's Winston Churchill, or "slag," such as Adolf Hitler. No nation, or political system, is immune from "slag" e.g. the people of Germany have, between we-will-conquer-the-world "Deutschland uber alles" Reichs (this author's paternal ancestors left Germany for Canada during and because of Otto von Bismarck's "Second Reich" in the 1860s - if not for Bismarck, this Daily Bible Study web site might be written from Germany today, in German, by a German) made some of the greatest contributions to human civilization, in science (e.g. Max Planck, Albert Einstein), literature (e.g. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), music (e.g. Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig von Beethoven) and Christianity (e.g. Martin Luther) and yet elected Satanic "slag" like Adolf Hitler, and his "Third Reich," as their President.

Bible History also records numerous Kings of Israel and Judah who clearly were one or the other - and sometimes went from one to the other (see the Fact Finder question below).

Examples of "cream":

"Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel [see also Israelite Dynasties], that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah. And he did that which was right in the sight of The Lord [see also YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD], according to all that David his father did." (2 Kings 18:1-3 KJV)

"Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath. And he did that which was right in the sight of The Lord, and walked in all the way of David [i.e. King David] his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left." (2 Kings 22:1-2 KJV)

Examples of "slag"

"But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of The Lord, and did worse than all that were before him. For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin, to provoke The Lord God of Israel to anger with their vanities." (1 Kings 16:25-26 KJV)

"And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years. And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of The Lord above all that were before him. And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke The Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him." (1 Kings 16:29-33 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did wise and righteous King Solomon go from "cream" to "slag"?
See Solomon's Compromise

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