Famine in the Land
Famine amidst the flood.
“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD,
“When I will send a famine through the land—
Not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
But a famine of hearing the words of The LORD.”
Famine is defined as a widespread scarcity of food or a great scarcity of anything.
Hearing is defined as perceiving and giving heed to…acting upon.
You will recall that in Egypt during the reign of Amenemhat III, circa 1670 B.C., Joseph was appointed Vizier.
“So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has given you knowledge of all this, there can be no one as intelligent and wise as you.
You shall be my chancellor, and all my people shall respect your commands; only this throne shall set me above you.”’
Genesis 41: 39-40
What may not be so well known, regarding this widespread famine, is that archaeological evidence suggests that flooding of the Nile River and the surrounding lands caused the famine.
The Egyptians marked the height of the Nile River, at a Gorge between Semna Fort and Kumma Fort, which sit on opposing banks of the Nile River. In his thorough expose’ entitled Pharaohs and Kings, A Biblical Quest by David M. Rohl explains,
These inundation records indicate that:
“during the first two decades of Amenemhat’s reign, the Egyptians observed a rise in the flood levels to about the seventeen-metre mark—an increase of about 5 metres above the norm for the previous period.
This may not have been problematical for the agriculture of the Nile valley and indeed, may have been considered a ‘very good flood’ bringing extra silt and expanding the area of cultivation to its maximum extent. However, a seventeen-metre flood was probably right on the edge of calamity.”
“By Amenemhat’s twentieth year the picture drastically changes. For the next twelve years or so the flood levels at Semna [Fort] rise to an average height of twenty-one metres—some nine metres above the ‘good flood’ level of Sunuseret I, and four further metres above the very high Niles of the previous two decades of Amenemhat’s reign.
Barbara Bell, an American specialist in ancient climates, convincingly argues that these great floods-bringing three to four times the volume of water compared to a normal inundation—would almost certainly have led to a period of famine.
If the inundation rises above a certain level it can wash away villages, break down dykes and causeways, and flood temples, tombs and palaces;
but worst of all, if the period of the rise is sustained as is the case in a normal inundation, then the waters take much longer to subside and, as a result, the fields cannot be made ready for the planting season.” (Emphases mine)
Today, we too, cannot deny a flood in our midst.
We, of the 21st century, are experiencing a flood of too much information, too much sensory stimulation, and too much behavioral and ideological manipulation;
Too much “change” and too much “Progressivism.”
Citizens are bombarded with a multisensory media circus of informational texts, quips, opinions, visuals, marketing, entertainment, social media, digital “learning”, surveys, assessments, all under the guise of “knowledge” and learning.
Much of the flood comes under the guise of consumerism’s public relations communications to “inform” the masses.
One can’t help but to make the connection of this new behavioral marketing of information that continue to go under the old title of “knowledge”; and its being showered upon a populace that is sorely lacking the wisdom to discern the difference between information, knowledge, truth and propaganda.
“People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, …..lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God….They are the kind to worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed….
Always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth”
2 Timothy 3:2-7
“Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
People today are flooded with information and technology that is literally drowning their minds, senses, and souls; yet, most are not equipped to discern the Truth amidst the silt and mud of deceptions.
Many do not possess the wisdom to rise above the tsunami waters that manipulate, distort, deceive, overwhelm and sweep them into the tide.
Wisdom has its foundations in reverence for God; acknowledging that He is God.
Wisdom is the skill to live life in a way that honors God.
If we are to build a retaining wall against the ensuing flood, plot a path to higher ground, and live amidst the ensuing famine; we’ve got to establish priorities.
Our number one priority must be to get wisdom from the One Who grants wisdom, knowledge, discernment and the understanding to weed through the silt to the diamonds of Truth.
Just as Joseph labored with wisdom in order to provide stores of food to save the inhabitants of Egypt and the surrounding peoples; we too must be storing up The Word, the knowing of and knowledge of God in our own lives and equipping our heirs with these wisdom-seeking skills as well.
Most would agree the famine has begun.
But it is not too late to store up Truth; teach discernment and introduce to the Source of Wisdom and apply those skills.
Joseph knew he had a “time certain”. We pretty much recognize this as well.
“Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight?
A man who walks by day will not stumble…It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”
Is it not ironic that the time of Joseph’s flood related famine, was shortly before the giving of The Law, written by the Hand of God….and now, we have both a flood and a famine as the result of rejecting the very Giver of this Law, and His indwelling Torah, The Holy Spirit?
We once again note the words of Isaiah that state that when enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of The Lord will raise up a standard against him. Isaiah 59:19
He has done that over and over again…same Standard~
“The fear of The LORD is the beginning of Wisdom,
and knowledge of The Holy One, is understanding.”
Connecting the Dots…Flood…Famine….How’s your hearing?