I have an assignment for you. I want you to click on this link and read the text from Genesis 47:13-27. It’s the familiar story of the famine in Egypt in which seven years of scarcity followed seven years of abundance. On the advice of Joseph, Pharaoh gathered grain during the years of abundance, then doled out the grain during the years of famine.

But Pharaoh didn’t just freely hand out food to the people. Instead, he sold the grain to the hungry hordes, essentially redistributing back the very abundance the people themselves had produced. The people grew more and more desperate – giving first their money, then their livestock, then their property and at last their very bodies – in order to eat. In other words, they sold themselves into slavery in exchange for food.

Now I wish to draw your attention to a sermon from a Virginia church service based on that text. This sermon has been circulating the Internet for so long that I can’t find the original source; but the text – too lengthy to be reproduced in this column – can be found here. Some highlights include:

“So we see that economic hard times fell upon Egypt, and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh to deal with this for them. … What can we learn from this, brothers and sisters? That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider in hard times only leads to slavery? Yes. That the only reason government wants to be our provider is to also become our master? Yes.

“But I also tell you a great truth today, and an ominous one. We see the same thing happening today – the government today wants to ‘share the wealth’ once again, to take it from us and redistribute it back to us. It wants to take control of health care, just as it has taken control of education, and ration it back to us, and when government rations it, then government decides who gets it, and how much, and what kind. And if we go along with it, and do it willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the people of Egypt did 4,000 years ago – as slaves to the government and as slaves to our leaders.”

The premise of this superb sermon is that dependency on government is fatal and eventually leads to enslavement. In the spirit of never letting a crisis go to waste, Pharaoh took the opportunity to seize more power, more assets and more slaves than ever before. If you cede control of something to the government, don’t be surprised when the government takes the power from that gain and exploits you with it.

“He used coercion, the point of the spear, the threat of death to take 20 percent of every man’s produce during the seven plentiful years,” wrote Joel Smith on this same biblical passage. “He sold back to the people the very thing he took from them by force. He used their own goods to enslave them.”

When we ceded control of education to the government, the government began indoctrinating our children with federally approved propaganda. Those who objected were stifled. Those who withdrew their children to either privately school or homeschool were harassed, intimidated, or lured back into the system. We have only to look at Germany to see the future of education in America.

What do you think will happen when we cede control of our health care to the government? Do you honestly think the IRS – which is overseeing this unconstitutional monstrosity – really cares about the hip replacement operation you so desperately need, or whether Grandma gets her anti-seizure medicine? Instead, the government bureaucrats are likely to decide that it’s about time for Grandma to kick the bucket, and you don’t deserve a hip replacement because you’re too conservative.

From what I’ve heard – and you can be sure I have not tried it myself – the malfunctioning ACA website is little more than a massive data-gathering operation into which people enter their most intimate and deeply personal medical information, information that used to be held in confidence between people and their medical providers.

Do you honestly think that valuable medical information will be kept confidential? Or will it be shared with anyone who has a vested interest in learning who can be declared incompetent to own firearms because they once sought grief counseling?

The bottom line is there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. Education is never “free,” medical care is never “free,” and freedom sure as heck is never “free.” Free is a word that should raise screaming red flags and send chills up your spine. But too many people are addicted to “free” and will continue to vote for anyone and anything that allows the freebies to continue.

We already have generational enslavement of those who have been getting welfare in all its various forms for the last 40-plus years. Our government is actively striving to enslave the rest of us by controlling our schools, our income and our medical care.

Don’t believe me? As proof, consider what the government is doing if we don’t comply with its unconstitutional edicts. It threatens us. It issues fines. It seizes tax returns. It puts liens on our property. Does this sound like the Land of the Free to you?

The problem with Americans is the same problem the Egyptian people had so long ago. Even though they knew the famine was coming, they didn’t save any of their own grain, which was abundant over and above what they were compelled to turn over to Pharaoh. They were short-sighted and depended on their government to take care of them. And what happened? They were enslaved.

Our government is actively striving for total control of our economy, our firearms, our assets, our schools, our communications and our medical care. Does anyone honestly think things are going to get better as a result of turning over these things to the government? Or do you see a “famine” on the horizon for which you had best prepare instead of depending on Pharaoh to provide?

Dependency on government is a trap. The only thing standing between us and total enslavement is the Second Amendment. Never forget that.

Now go gather your grain. You’re gonna need it.

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