Twenty pieces of silver came to my mind when I read the Hill’s piece on the twenty pieces of legislation that Congress my cram down our throats as an unwelcomed Christmas gift. Here’s the story of twenty pieces of silver, in case you are not familiar with it;
13And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.
14And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
15And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?
16And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
17And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.
18And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
19And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
20Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
21And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
22And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
23And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
24And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
25And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
26And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
27Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
28Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
29And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
30And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?
31And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
32And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.
33And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
34And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
35And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
I’ll bet you were thinking of the other story weren’t you? This is from Genesis 37, verses 14 through 35. The other one is of course regarding Judas, but he was given thirty pieces of silver to betray Jesus. But this one is similar, believe it or not, to the current drive to get twenty pieces of legislation passed in just six weeks after Congress gets back in session. (You can read the article here.) what’s so similar about the two stories?
Well, you need to look at the entire story to see what’s going on. In a nutshell, Joseph had a couple of dreams that showed not only his eleven brothers, but his father and mother as well bowing down to his superior position that God was going to place him in. of course, his brothers became exceedingly jealous of him, and when the saw him coming decided to throw him into a pit and kill him. Reuben, being the wise one of the lot suggested that instead of killing him and shouldering the guilt of Joseph’s blood they sell him off into slavery instead.
I can just imagine the look on their faces when they returned to the pit and found that Joseph was gone, kidnapped and sold by the Midianites.
The same story is unfolding today in this nation as our elected representatives forget that they are our servants, and instead of doing what is right for the nation supply the fodder that boosts their own ego and pride by passing legislation that doesn’t free us, but places into a kind of slavery instead. The power brokers in Congress all want their own little favored bills brought up and voted on, but I wonder how much debate is actually going to take place prior to passage of these laws.
And these laws will only add to the burden we have to bear as taxpayers in this nation. Remember the Health Care bill we now call Obamacare? Madame Pelosi said they’d have to pass the bill so we could find out what was in it. Imagine those people we pay huge salaries to not knowing what they were voting on. They’re kind of like the brothers who decided to kill the boy without taking the time to consider the ramifications.
The Obamacare bill, the Bailout Bill, and now these twenty pieces of legislation may well lock this nation into an irrecoverable financial pit with no water for our relief, just as Joseph was thrown into. Are you prepared for the coming times? None of these pieces were passed with the appropriate debate needed for their scope. Will the trend continue? If you haven’t made plans to get out of town and onto a survival homestead, you may be too late come 2011 and the implementation of this new wave of socially engineered legislation prompted by the demands of the UN’s Millennium Goals.
Read the goals and compare them to the massive bills heaped upon us in the last eighteen months. And I suggest you download and read the report What Will It Take to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The goals sound like they art benign enough, and the causes are just, however, we are being sold to the Midianites under the noses of those we have elected into office. The laws they have passed, and intend to pass may sound beneficent, but they are not. Let’s try to wake Josephs brothers up before it’s too late, shall we, or is it too late already?