We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


An Age Change is Coming!

“Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel . . . 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 . . .”

In this passage, we see the children of Israel subservient to their enemies and subject to price gouging tactics. Why? The time period is the beginning of the Iron Age. As the result of a famine and wars, the tin trade was disrupted, resulting in a shift from the Bronze Age (you need tin to make Bronze) to the Iron Age. Because complacent Israel did not foresee this inevitable shift, they lacked the technological training to compete on a global scale and were therefore left behind.For decades they were subject to foreign powers because of their complacency.

Not only were the Israelites subservient to their enemies, but the Philistines took full advantage of their technological superiority, exercising price gouging tactics when it came time to sharpen their plows and axes. Does this sound vaguely similar to our current gas prices? Perhaps the Apostle Paul had this in mind when he challenged the Thessalonians with the following plea:

“But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one” (1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12).

I believe that we are observing a similar crisis today. We must look beyond our dependence of computer technology and amusements, and sharpen our skills agriculturally, biologically, medicinally, horticulturally, and any other -ally that can be cultivated to represent the image of God on earth.

If our enemies one day disabled our satellites, paralyzing our computer networks, would you have sufficient skills to be productive and independent? Israel didn’t see the Iron Age coming; and they served Eglon king of Moab for the next eighteen years.

Published in: on April 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm  Comments (1)