FAMINE IN THE LAND


INTRODUCTION

Prophet Amos noted: Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it (Amos 8:11-12).

A problem exists in that many are walking in their own preconceived ways rather than adhering to the Word of God (creating a famine in the land setting). Prophet Isaiah revealed:  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way: and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6). 


Famine in the Land
Desperate Condition

Gone astray illustrates the desperate condition of mankind; emphasizing sinful humanity. Those words are appropriate as there is a famine in the land of both hearing and obeying the Word of God; resulting in a condition found as in the pre-Flood days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon the hold of every foul spirit!

There are many inducements towards one's walking in their own way rather than adhering to the Word of God. Many seducing spirits have captured the attention of God's people rather than allowing His Word to settle into one's heart. Scripture reveals: There is a way which seems right to a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12). The way that seems right may not be the best or righteous way.

Famine of Hearing
God's Word

The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy, a young Evangelist, to preach the word; be instant (ready) in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts they shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth (a famine in the land setting), and shall be turned into fables (that which is fictitious).  Watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry (2 Timothy 4:2-5). 

It was noted that preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth.  Teachers who appeal to itching ears tell people what they want to hear not what they need to hear.  Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to fully discharge his evangelistic ministry by preaching the gospel; to do otherwise would bring a famine in the land of hearing the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God!

False Doctrine

There is a complete disregard for God's Word enhanced by a society willing to trade the condition of their soul for an easier walk. When laws are twisted and perverted to the tune of the ungodly; it is truly a sign of the rising to a famine in the land category.

Prophet Daniel revealed:  Many shall be purified and made white, and tried (refined); but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand (Daniel 12:10). Is it not time to proclaim injustices that are bombarding the land? Is it not time to bring to light the evils that are attempting to outweigh the righteousness of man? Is it not time to take a stand for the truths of God's Word?

Deviating from God's
Word

Thirty-One

God's Word is clearly defined; yet many are deviating from it to satisfy their own desired lifestyle!  Has one become so saturated in the daily bombardment of unrighteousness that they have become immune to what is happening round about them? Has one become so sympathetic and tolerant that they are failing to stand for the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God?

What will the future hold if one simply searches out the niceties of God's Word and fail to receive its whole message? The Apostle Peter wrote: I now write to you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: that you may be mindful of the words which have been spoken by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers (mockers) walking after (according to) their own lusts (2 Peter 3:1-3).

The Apostle Peter emphasized the inspiration of all Scriptures; not a chosen few to help support one's agenda.  A man was asked: If given an hour to explain the Gospel to someone, how would he do so? He said he would spend the first fifty minutes on the bad news of judgment and then the last ten minutes on the good news of salvation, because without the context of judgment one would not appreciate or even understand salvation.

No Longer Fearing
God

Many nations have become as pagan nations no longer fearing God! Apostle Paul wrote: This know, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous (money lovers), boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (without self-control), fierce, despisers of those that are good.

Traitors, heady (reckless), high-minded, lovers of pleasures, more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Apostle Paul told Timothy, a young evangelist, that evil men and seducers shall wax (grow) worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue you in the things which you have learned and have been assured of; knowing of whom you have learned them (2 Timothy 3:13-14). Let us stand for the truths of God's Word while we have the opportunity!

Deception in the
Garden of Eden

Scripture reveals the deception of the Serpent (an instrument of Satan), in the Garden of Eden: The woman (Eve) said to the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it lest you die (Genesis 3:2-3).

The serpent said to the woman: You shall not surely die; for God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods (God), knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:4-5). 

It was noted that the Serpent attempted to tone down the penalty and certainty of death for eating of the forbidden fruit when God had expressed the certainty of it.  Disobedience to God's Word brought sin and death into the world; that previously did not exist!

Penalty for Error

Twenty-Three

Israel of old had its honeymoon ended when it embraced the idols of the land and forsook the God of its creation. If any nation, or individual, does not grasp hold of the significance of God's Unadulterated (Pure) Word one could easily fall into such a condition!

There are many who would like to twist, pervert, and distort the truth of God's Word.  It is up to the believers in Christ to uphold the truth and help offset "a famine in the land setting" of hearing God's Word.  There are those who are attempting to target the things of God; through antiChrist agenda which targets anything that reflects Christianity.

A Startling
Observation 

A report was given concerning the church at Ephesus with a startling observation: I (Christ) know your works, and your labor, and your patience (perseverance), and how you cannot bear them which are evil: and you have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found the them liars; and hast borne (persevered), and has patience, and for my name's sake have labored, and has not fainted (become weary).

Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love (Revelation 2:4)! It was noted that the church at Ephesus is commended for its soundness of faith and perseverance through persecution.  However, the people had come under Christ's discipline for having left their first love or former devotion to Christ!  

Restoration Required

Christ gave the church at Ephesus an antidote towards restoration: Remember from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works,; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove the candlestick (light) out of his place, except you repent (Revelation 2:5). 

It was noted that the solution is threefold: Remember your former devotion to Christ; repent of the present lack of love and devotion; and return, that is, do the things that were characteristic of devotion in earlier years.  

Unless one is awakened to the truth, by the revelation of God's Word, a famine in the land of hearing the words of the Lord will continue unabated; and reconstructive efforts to restore such will be futile, without God's divine intervention! 

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