“Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, ‘Lest the Hebrews make themselves swords or spears.’ But every one of the Israelites went down to the Philistines to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, or his sickle, and the charge was two-thirds of a shekel…” (I Sam.13:19-21).
Because the Philistines possessed the knowledge of the new iron age technology, the Israelites were dependent upon Philistines to sharpen their farming tools. And not only was Israel subject to their enemies, they were also subject to their price gouging. Does this sound familiar? As gas prices rise, I think I understand how an ancient Israelite must have felt.
Thankfully Israel didn’t stay in this state of mediocrity and enslavement. They cried out to God for deliverance and God raised up Ehud the Benjamite, a left-handed man. Now if you know anything about Benjamin, you would know that they were right-handed. In fact the word Ben-jamin means “son of my right hand.” So then, how did he become left handed? According to Dr. Colin Smith, parents, tired of their young boys getting slaughtered in battle because the enemy knew that Benjamin boys were right-handed, began tying their young boy’s right hand behind their back…several hours daily! Soon after, the tribe of Benjamin became the most skillful and fiercest fighters in all of Israel.
It doesn’t take much to see that America is sinking quickly into dependence upon foreign nations. It’s time to do something about it. It’s time to put away the childish amusements of our day and start preparing our children to become statesmen, inventors, discoverers, philosophers, musicians, scientists, teachers, doctors, farmers, and deliverers. If you want to inspire your children to become creative and productive, join us at the Lamplighter Guild for Creative Disciplines, July 13-18, 2014.
Making ready a people prepared for the Lord,
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