Where Are We Supposed to Live?


Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

January 2, 2022

Scripture Reading: Genesis 4:14:

“Behold, Thou hast driven me [Cain] out this day from the face of the earth; and from Thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.”


St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square in Chicago hosted a “drag queen prayer hour” for children recently.  Seminarian Aaron Musser preached in drag to children as part of "a dress rehearsal for joy".St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square in Chicago hosted a “drag queen prayer hour” for children recently.  Seminarian Aaron Musser preached in drag to children as part of “a dress rehearsal for joy.

Today, we consider what it might be like to have a dress rehearsal for the kind of joy awaiting us on the other side of Advent.  Liberation from oppressive laws clears a path for joy. Isn’t it so beautiful?”  These poor children will probably grow up thinking that perversion is fun . . . and they will have learned it in their church!


In Jim’s sermon, given on November 14th of this past year (2021), he had the following quote from Josephus, the great ancient historian:

“He [Cain] first of all set boundaries about lands; he built a city, and fortified it with walls and he compelled his family to come together to it; and called the city Enoch, after the name of his eldest son Enoch….” – Antiquities of the Jews, Flavius Josephus, Book 1, Chapter 3, paragraph 2.

And what became of Cain’s descendants?  Josephus adds in the same paragraph:

“Nay, even while Adam was alive [he lived 930 years], it came to pass that the posterity of Cain became exceedingly wicked, every one successively dying one after another, more wicked than the former.  They were intolerable in war; and vehement in robberies; and if anyone were slow to murder people, yet was he bold in his profligate behavior, in acting unjustly, and doing injury for gain.”

Josephus says that Adam and Eve had thirty-three sons and twenty-three daughters.  But of Cain he says that:

Cain “…traveled over many countries, [who was living in these countries?] he, with his wife, built a city…where he also had children.  However, he did not accept of his punishment in order to amendment, but to increase his wickedness; for he only aimed to procure everything that was for his own bodily pleasure though it obliged him to be injurious to his neighbors.  He augmented his household substance with much wealth, by rapine and violence; he excited his acquaintance to procure pleasures and spoils by robbery, and became a great leader of men into wicked courses.  He also introduced a change in that way of simplicity wherein men lived before; and was the author of measures and weights.  And whereas they lived innocently and generously while they knew nothing of such arts, he changed the world into cunning craftiness.” 

Why is there a distinction made between the descendants of Cain and the rest of the world?  Josephus says that they are the ones who “…changed the world into cunning craftiness.”  Some of the synonyms for cunning are: “devious, scheming, manipulative, deceitful, deceit, shrewdness, devious, trickery, slyness, deception, disingenuous, beguiling”, etc.  This is one of their characteristics that are still true today.  They (the descendants of Cain) are masters of deceit.

Where were Adam and Eve living when Cain built the first city?  Did they live in another metropolis?  Where did they live?  Did they live in a small town?  Adam started out living in a self-sufficient Garden.  The Garden was made by their God and it provided them with all the food that Adam and later his wife and children needed.

Genesis 2:8: “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed.”

Did other non-Adamic people live there?  How big a Garden was it? There were two distinct family trees that were in the Garden.  The Garden was in the east part of Eden.  That the two trees were forbidden to have sexual relations with each other was told in a parable.  Right from the beginning, Satan interfered with God’s plan and seduced his wife.  His son, Cain, was placed out of where his parents were living and was sent to the land of Nod, east of Eden, in modern-day India, after he murdered Adam and Eve’s son Abel. 

Later, after his expulsion, Cain feared for his life.  Why did he say that everyone that finds him would slay him if there was no one else in the world?  And who did he build the walled city for?  If there was no one else in the world, why did he need a wall for protection? 

And it wouldn’t be called a city if just one family was living there.  It was the pre-Adamites who had joined them and were living there.  Was this first city built in direct defiance of God’s command that he should wander the earth as a drifter the rest of his life?  Why would Cain have built a city anyway?  Because he no longer could be a farmer.  This was part of his curse too.  And if you think about it for a little while, you can see how awful this curse would be.  You would go from being a farmer to a person that could not grow any produce.  How would Cain and his descendants get the food that they would need if they couldn’t farm? 

Genesis 4:11, 12:

11) “And now art thou [Cain] cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s [Abel’s] blood from thy hand;

12) When thou tillest the ground, it shall not hence forth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.”

Cain and his descendants could no longer be farmers.  They would be fugitives and vagabonds.  Does anyone know of a people that are called “vagabonds” in the New Testament?  Would these be the descendants of the same “vagabonds” in Genesis 4:12?

Acts 19:13a: “Then certain of the vagabond Jews [Judeans] ….”

These vagabond Judeans [Edomite Jews] were exorcists who failed in their attempt to get rid of a demon.  But they could not grow their own food.  So, in order to eat, they had to become either exorcists, merchants, traders, casino operators, lobbyists, money producers, abortionists, film makers, actors and actresses, money changers, bankers, realtors, priests, etc. so they could buy or be given their food.  This is a big handicap.  They cannot produce their own food supply. 

What was Adam’s descendants’ main job?  Sheep herders and farmers.  They were to live on their self-sufficient farms.  They could produce their own food.

I received a clue on this when my immediate family went to visit Sauder Village in Archbold in northwest Ohio this past fall.  At this tourist village, one of the residential guides recalled the story of some of the early settlers of the territory.  She said that they needed very little money or no money at all in order to live. 

We can’t do that today.  We must have federal reserve notes or digital numbers in our checking account or credit cards in order to function in the city.   I don’t know what we could do without them.  We, too, must buy our own food.

But the tourist agent emphasized that they needed something else, besides money, when they came to live on their self-sufficient farms.   For when they arrived in the black swamp land of Ohio, most of the immigrants had no money; but they had to have at least a few sheep, a few chickens and a few horses and some fertile land in which to settle.  Young children, from the age of three, were taught to stretch out the wool from the sheep to make threads for their clothes.  One of the first things they had to do was to have a water source for their animals and themselves.  They used the wool from the sheep to make their own clothes; they used the eggs from the chickens to use in many of their recipes; and they used the horses to help them plow the ground and pull up trees.  They had to grow their own food, (they had to rely on God for the correct weather and for protection against the crop destroying animals) and then they had to preserve the food in containers and store them in a cool place. 

And after doing all these necessities, they then had to choose another activity to help the family.  Either they could be a weaver, or a pottery maker, a barrel maker, or a bottle maker, or a machinist, or a barber, or a baker, or who knows what.  Whatever it was, they could trade what you made with their neighbors for what they needed.  It took no money or very little money in order to live and have wealth.   And the more children that they had the more they could do.

Most of these settlers in north-western Ohio came from Germany, Switzerland and the Scandinavian lands.  Many of the earlier settlers were Amish that later converted to be Mennonites.  They were descendants of Adam and Eve.  They were also descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  They didn’t live in cities.  They lived in rural lands.  They were farmers with cottage industries.  They were good neighbors who helped one another.


Well, what happened in America?  Before the war between the Union and the Confederate States of America (1861-1865), the South didn’t have any large cities, while the North did.  Why was that?  Let’s look at an article that was written by Richard Hoskins that he called, “Cities” which was taken from Briar Hedges and Indians, 2007.  It begins:

“Virginia was once virtually off limits to the international merchant.  The reason was obvious.  There was little the international merchant offered that Virginia wanted. 

Virginia had numerous towns but no real cities.  Before the War [Between the two countries, North and South], Lynchburg had 4,000 year around residents, Richmond had 20,000, and Norfolk had 30,000.  Most everyone lived on their own self-sufficient farms and produced their own wealth.  They had ample free time to develop their own cottage industry whose products satisfied their own needs and the needs of their neighbors.  With few exceptions, the goods of the international merchant were neither needed nor wanted.


Buena Vista was a ‘planned city’ or a ‘promoted city’ -- one that wasn’t successful. After the War the ‘victors’ changed Virginia’s laws and Cartel promoters freely bought land, gained a charter, and built a city to attract people to work the nearby mines which had produced low grade ore for 100 years. However, the mines played out and the promoters left Buena Vista only partly finished to build elsewhere. Its skeleton was left to amaze passers-by.Buena Vista is up the river from Lynchburg just over the Blue Ridge where the James River forks.  Before the War it contained a warehouse and a few houses.  Canal boats coming up the James with cargo destined for the other fork would store its cargo in the Buena Vista warehouse until it was picked up by a boat going up the other fork.

I [Richard Hoskins] used to drive through Buena Vista in the ‘40s.  It was strange looking.  It had lampposts in the middle of pastures with cows grazing around them.  There were two impressive three or four-story red-brick city office buildings – lone sentinels standing in otherwise vacant city blocks.  A little way out of town, on the way to Natural Bridge was a big deserted hotel in a wheat field on a low hill.  One wing was finished, and another wing was partly finished.  There were a few houses scattered about.


Buena Vista was a ‘planned city’ or a ‘promoted city’ -- one that wasn’t successful.  After the War the ‘victors’ changed Virginia’s laws and Cartel promoters freely bought land, gained a charter, and built a city to attract people to work the nearby mines which had produced low grade ore for 100 years.  However, the mines played out and the promoters left Buena Vista only partly finished to build elsewhere.  Its skeleton was left to amaze passers-by.


‘Big Lick’ was a winner.  The promoters brought Railroad yards and repair shops and changed its name to ‘Roanoke’. 

In Lynchburg, the first thing they did was to build the 1st National Bank.  The cornerstone reads ‘1865’ – the year the War ended.  Next, they built cotton mills and a steel mill and Lynchburg began to grow.  It grew from 4,000 to 50,000 by the time I was a boy and is now 70,000 or thereabouts.

The question often asked is, why did Virginians want the international merchants after the War when they wanted almost nothing to do with them before the war?


The traditional self-sufficient farm provided wealth, food, increased herds and considerable free time for their cottage industry to fashion tools, make machines, operate blast furnaces, weave cloth, make harnesses and wagons and countless other items.  Every creek had its mill.  Much of the wealth created by their cottage industry was exchanged for things they did not have.  It produced far more wealth than the city-system of the North.  It provided most of the exports and far more than half the countries’ tariff income which was spent mostly in the urban North

It also provided work and sustenance for growing families and care for the aged.  The Albemarle County ‘poor house’ had two rooms and stood vacant most of the time.

There was little need for money or cities in Virginia.  The SSF [self-sufficient farm] system did everything and did it better – before the War.


The exchange of commodities most often took place at the crossroads country store.  The store owner charged one item out of ten for disposing of the rest of a consignment.   What was not sold was returned to the creator of the wealth along with the admonition to better manage his efforts in the future. 

Millers charged one bushel of wheat out of each ten they ground to flour.  Sometimes there were several stores specializing in different items.  These groupings were usually located at a crossroads.  This was called a ‘town’.  Money was seldom used.

Good times arrived with good weather – not with the boom and bust market economy of the city.  Virginia was completely unaware of the depression that ravaged Pennsylvania and much of the north in the 1850s.  The self-sufficient farm system is God’s natural wealth creating system and is insulated from the vagaries of Esau’s market economy

The life of untaxed farmers was vastly different from the lives of people living in the city-system.  Europeans experienced the last of their self-sufficient farms with the arrival of Charlemagne’s Empire in the 800s.  It was my good fortune to have grown up in the ruins of such a farm system.  It is a shame that the on-going conquest of the West requires its destruction.


There were many attempts to destroy Virginia’s farm-kingdoms and seize and make merchandise of the people and their land.  Following is a proclamation of one of Lincoln’s generals:

“In 1862, General Pope was appointed to command the Federal Army of Virginia … He … made a speech to his army to the effect that he did not approve of this protecting the property of the rebels, and that he intended that his army should subsist, that is, live on, the country through which they passed.” (Virginia History, For the Young, p. 200, J.P. Bell Co, Lynchburg, VA 1897) ( “Federal armies pillaged and plundered their way through the Southern states for the duration of the war, and Lincoln supported several confiscation bills that allowed them to plunder private property as they went” The Real Lincoln, Thomas J. Dilorenzo, Forum 2002, p. 150; “Lincoln championed the leaders of the European revolutions of 1848.”  James McPherson “Abraham Lincoln & the 2nd American Rev.”, p. 24, Dec. 1992.)

This was official authorization to steal, loot, rape and murder.  It came from the top.  Only recently has the population of Amherst County, across the James from Lynchburg, grown larger than it was in 1864-1865 when it was swollen by the flood of refugees fleeing the barbarous Union armies.  These refugees felt that it was better to live in the woods under lean-tos, half-starved in the   freezing snow, than to live   in their own houses behind union lines and suffer the atrocities inflicted by the invaders.

Missouri was left a depopulated wasteland.  My great-great grandfather watched Lincoln overseeing Union soldiers systematically destroy the Kelly barns and flocks at Kelly’s Ford.

These depredations were not accidental.  They were done according to plan.  The purpose was to stamp out the self-sufficient farm system and replace it with the market-economy of the international merchant – the city!

[Note that this last sentence is in bold type and highlighted in yellow. This is the most important thing to remember about the War. 

What was the purpose of the destruction of the South?  Why did the North have the desire to destroy the farms and plantations of the South, by destroying their livelihood?  It was to destroy the self-sufficient farm system and replace it with the market-economy of the international merchant – the city.]

Lee’s 20,000 men unconditionally surrendered to Grant’s 200,000 men at Appomattox.  This removed the last armed resistance in Virginia.


Immediately, the defeated Southland was reconstructed so that it could be properly incorporated in ‘the city’.

Disarmed Southern whites were deprived of the vote which was given to blacks.  Blacks were also given rule over the whites.  Governors, senators, congressmen, city councils, state legislatures, police, militias were black – all this took place under the protection of federal occupation bayonets.  [All against Bible Law.]  What is now happening in South Africa is a carbon copy of what the blacks did to the American Southland.

Under direction of Republican [Jewish] ‘carpetbaggers’, black legislators voted themselves enormous salaries and taxed farmland to pay for them.  Tariffs were placed on formerly cheap imports so that farm implements became expensive.  Differential freight rates made it more costly to ship goods by rail from Richmond to NY than from NY to Richmond.  These rates weren’t removed until the 1950s.  All this was carefully planned.

Virginia’s farms produced food and articles from cottage industries, but they did not grow money.  Taxes had to be paid in cash.  There was no cash.  Farms went on the auction block for whatever land would bring.  Land-companies owning millions of acres were the only ones bidding.  Land at Kelly’s ford, valued at $850 an acre in 1858, was sold at $0.50 an acre in 1900. (Mr. Milner Noble of Lynchburg sold 14,000 acres of his family’s land near Richmond for $7000 as late as 1952 to avoid taxes.  Government policy had made the produce of the land bring less than the taxes demanded.)

The War Between the States was fought to remove the South’s Self-Sufficient Farm System and replace both it and its law system with the international trade cartel’s ‘city’.  It was a complete success.

Cheap food from domestic and foreign corporate-farms undersold the few farms that survived.  Stripped of their land and having no way to support their families, jobless, landless refugees flocked to Lynchburg seeking work.  Cartel planners had prepared for this and the town was ready to receive them.  When I was growing up Virginia’s countryside was a land of deserted farmhouses and deserted country churches whose cemeteries dated back more than 200 years.  The hundreds who had attended them had gone.


The Cartel built rickety company housing along with the ubiquitous company store.  Then, they moved their New England mill operations to Lynchburg where labor was cheap and plentiful.  Destitute Virginians stood in line for a chance to labor 15 hours a day for a pittance to keep their families from starving.  The Southern farmer, perhaps a bit more roughly treated, was now equally a slave  with his northern  kinsmen who hadn’t a clue as to what was taking place, or why.


Henry Ford’s The Dearborn Independent in its expose of the Protocols chose to highlight ‘land’.  Here is its summary pertaining to Protocol #VI:

‘The farmer’s strong advantage is that, owning the land, he is independent in his sources of livelihood.  The land will feed him whether he pleases International Financiers or not.  His position is impregnable as long as the sun shines and the seasons roll ….’


For almost a thousand years, Britain has been a janissary-agent of the International Trade Cartel.  During the on-going Indian hostilities against America’s Saxon settlers, the British government often sided with the Indians against their own flesh and blood, furnishing leaders and equipment for Indian war parties who raped and murdered old and young, male and female.  The Indian incentive was to kill the White man as a religious offering to their God Okee who ate pain.  They offered captured members of neighboring tribes and even their own children when offerings were scarce.  The British government used the Indian customs for their own ends, which was to destroy the independent farms and prevent the inevitable opposition to ‘the city’ empire.

‘In 1817, Creeks who had joined the Seminoles in Florida incited them to war.  General Jackson was sent against them and seized St. Mar’s in 1818.  Two British subjects,  Ambrister   and   Arbuthnot,  were captured at that time.  Jackson knew these types and, like Lew Wetzel, was not squeamish   about   killing   them.    On   the charge that they encouraged the Indians to kill Whites, he executed them as renegades.’  Vigilantes of Christendom, p. 125. (“Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel” 1 Kings 12:24; “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people” Lev. 19:18.)

During the Revolutionary War, the Crown sent its armies into the Carolinas and Virginia where they burned farms.  In the War of 1812, the British landed on Virginia’s Northern Neck and again burned and destroyed farms.  They captured slaves and sold them into the Caribbean.  The destruction  of the independent  farm system is necessary if the Cartel’s city-system is to exist in their place.

In 1861, the Union army lived off the land.  It was part of their plan.  There are great stretches of the American Southland with almost no farm buildings standing dating prior to 1861 to mark where self-sufficient farms and their nearby trading villages once stood.

In 1899-1902, the British Empire’s scorched-earth policy destroyed South Africa’s self-sufficient farms, slaying vast herds, and confining survivors in concentration camps where they died like flies.  After that, South Africa’s cities grew like mushrooms. 


In 1924, Russia’s self-sufficient farms were collectivized, and 5,000,000 farmers were starved.  Cities like Moscow immediately began to spread over the countryside. 

After the German collapse in WWII, the eastern German farming region was given to Polish communists to collectivize.  A large number of the 9 million Germans who died after the war died during their expulsion from their ancestral lands. 

The U.S., the pretended ally of nationalist Chiang Kai-shek, withheld war material and allowed Mao to conquer all of China.  Mao promptly collectivized ancient family holdings and imprisoned or executed millions of ‘landowners’.  Today, China’s cities are unable to hold the great number of farm refugees and the Chinese government is in the process of building 40 new cities to house and better police this potentially explosive force.

In 1985, a great farm rally was held in Nebraska protesting bank foreclosures and mass corporate farming.  Esau’s media universally condemned the gathering and puppet politicians ignored their plight.  The rally failed, and the last of America’s independent farms have almost disappeared from the land.  America’s cities continue to experience a housing building-boom from the displacement of populations.  


The Hindu is the world’s international trader.  In theory, Hindus accept all gods as different manifestations of their own god.  Hindus seldom call themselves ‘Hindu’, preferring to use the names of local gods to help business.  Their common denominator is their obedience to ancient beliefs and laws.

Called by different names, the ruling Hindu god of this age is Kali – Goddess of death.  She is the destroyer.  Hindus believe that this is her age – the age of Kaliyuga – which will end when all life ends – once the white devils who stand in her way and hinder her progress are removed.

Her spirit, many millennia old, is alive and well and the success of her march is told many ways in the Hindu Puranas.  An internet search reveals the same story told and re-told many ways but with the same basic predictions.  A brief synopsis follows:

Apocalypse for the Hindu is the natural ending of the world in the fourth age, the Kali Age.  Vishnu will appear again as Kalki, a winged white horse.  She is destined to destroy the present world and take humanity to a different, higher plane.

All kings occupying the earth in the Kali Age will be prone to take the paltry possessions of others, having character that is mostly vile, rising to power and soon falling.  They will be short-lived, ambitious, of little virtue, and greedy.  People will follow the customs of others and be adulterated with them; peculiar, undisciplined barbarians will be vigorously supported by rulers.  People will commit sin in mind, speech, and actions.  Quarrels, plague, fatal diseases, famines, drought and calamities appear. 

In the Kali Age, there will be many false religionists.  People will freely commit abortion.  Earth will be valued only for her mineral treasures.

Money alone will confer nobility.  Power will be the sole definition of virtue.  Praise worthiness will be measured by accumulated wealth.  Simply to be well dressed will signify propriety.  The pretense of greatness will be the proof of it, and powerful men with many severe faults will rule over all the classes on earth.  People will suffer from cold, wind, heat and rain.  Thus, in the Kali Age humankind will be utterly destroyed. 


There is nothing supernatural about seeing this ancient prophecy unfold before our eyes.  Esau’s cartel believes it to be inevitable.  Since they believe it to be inevitable, they use their enormous wealth gained through their usury banking system; hoarded in their great international corporations; and administered by their merchant managers and puppet kings, to bring it to pass precisely as written many thousands of years ago. The wars, famines and suffering come about because they are ordained by their god.

They fully expect the evil they do to result in good.  These Hindu prophecies are heard over and over, mantra like.  They have the wealth and power to make them self-fulfilling.

But before their ultimate victory, the white devils standing in the way of Kali’s victory must die.  To hasten their destruction – their habitat must be destroyed -- the self-sufficient farm. 


Today’s city is Esau’s refuge for those he has made homeless and destitute.  With their homes destroyed, the city is the only haven remaining; a haven which is also a prison.  

In the city one must depend on the cartel for his livelihood.  One’s wealth is no longer God-given from the land.  Man must now obtain Esau’s magic-money to pay for his bread, shelter, tax-tribute, medicine, and retirement.  He must even obtain a permit to conduct business.  Esau’s media-monopoly tells him what to think, and rebels are quickly hounded into silence, killed, fired, fined, or imprisoned.  Scrimping and saving, retirement and hospital bills reduce many to becoming beggars overnight.4 Above all, he is required to be tolerant of other Gods and obedient to their laws even when it means disobeying God the WORD.


It is stressful for a racehorse to pull a plow. It is stressful for a little Pekingese dog to herd cattle.  City life is stressful to the Saxon.

The city-system generates worry and stress and   drastically   reduces the Saxon’s birthrate, which now stand at 1.6, far below the required 2.1 children per family needed to maintain status quo.  On the other hand, Esau thrives in his cities, as he should – it is his habitat.     

In spite of TV, new houses, and football – Jacob does not prosper in Esau’s city – it is alien to him.  This is why Esau and his agents destroyed Jacob’s habitat and forced him into the city.  Esau plans to destroy his hated brother, so he will disappear from the earth and allow Kali’s  day to arrive.  

4 My wife recently spent a week in the hospital -- $30,000; doctor $32,000; total $64,000.  We had good insurance.  Many don’t.


Unfortunately for Esau, when he makes war with Jacob, he makes war with Jacob’s God.  The Scriptures say that in the beginning; “The world was made by Him.” John 1:10. 

God made the world and assigned ownership, “The earth He hath given to the children of Adam.”  Ps 115:16. He then directed how it was to be ruled, “The land shall be divided.”  Nu 26:55. Finally, “The land shall not be sold forever:  for the land is Mine.”  Lev 25:23.

Esau and his puppets have forced Jacob from his land and have taken and sold it like a pair of shoes.  God said he wanted His people to live alone. Esau and his puppet rulers and priests have brought a flood of Esau’s children to take Jacob’s land and eat up his substance.

These unlawful invaders are breaking God’s Law and trespassing on God’s land. 

But this, too, is prophesied.  “For Esau is the end of the world, and Jacob is the beginning of it that followeth.”  II Esdras 6:9.

The time is late.  God’s WORD is eternal.  The following will come to pass as written:

‘The eternal God is thy refuge … and He shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.  Israel then shall dwell in safety alone:  the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.’  Deut 33:27-28.  ‘And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto God a place there of graves in Israel.’  Eze 39:11.

‘Israel then shall dwell in safety alone.’ Deut 33:28.’”  End of Hoskin’s article.


I quoted Richard Hoskins' article in its entirety because it gives a unique look at a great Biblical truth. It answered the questions of why General Sherman marched throughout the countryside of the defeated South destroying and burning farm after farm and why this period at the end of the War was so vicious.  And it has been kept mostly quiet, just like who was behind the destruction of Germany after WWII. 

It is the age-old story of the war between Cain and the family of God.   And one of the main reasons for these wars is that Cain and his descendants can no longer farm.  That was one of his curses that he received from our God. 

God’s family was set up to have their own self-sufficient farms.  Farms that could produce enough food for the family plus producing goods that could be exchanged for other goods from other family farms.  And many of these farmers didn’t have much money or they had no money at all.  But they had much wealth.

I have always wondered how my mother, who grew up in a family of 12, was able to survive.  The answer was they lived on a farm.  And there was always some work to do.  They had very little money, but they had plenty to eat.  That was how they did it.  They followed this much of God’s Law.

The self-sufficient farms had to cease.  Much of the former plantation owners had to live in the city.  The former farmers had to make usury loans.  They had to use cash, preferably usury cash. 

But there is one people still living on our land that didn’t fall for Esau’s trap.  They still have their self-sufficient farms.  They don’t have much money, but they have much wealth. They have many cottage industries.  They remain separate from the world.  They help each other.  Too bad their theology has gotten so bad.  But they can take credit where credit is due.  They are the Amish.

Blessed be the LORD God of Israel.