Question: It is said that there is a paradox of power: As soon as we gain it, we lose some abilities. Let us say that empaths become insensitive, honest people become thieves, and professionals become incompetent. Even being in power for just four or five years is already a lot. For example, in ancient Rome and Greece, governors were changed every year.
How was it handled in ancient Israel? Were there any restrictions on those in power?
Answer: In ancient Israel, it was constantly changing. A person cannot be in power if he does not prove to others that he uses the power correctly and that he is morally and mentally superior to others. Therefore, his job was to demonstrate his superior abilities all the time.
For example, a king had to teach, be a judge, issue decrees, and justify them before the assembly. And the assembly consisted of 120 wise men who did not simply obey him; they objected and freely voted “for” or “against.” All this was very complicated.
In addition, there was a limitation of power both over the years and in various areas.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 3/22/22