Book Of Nahum
Chp 3 v 9 to 11
|Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.
|Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.
|Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.
Early Assyrian depiction of Hebrew slaves in Babylon
The 1st time I read this scripture I immediately was reminded of the enslavement of Africa’s peoples & how her great kingdoms where laid low. There are some Blacks who beleive we literaly are the true Hebrew peoples. I do not necessarily subscribe to this belief in the literal sence but I do beleive African Americans are the true children of Isreal on a spiritual and symbolic level. Perhaps both of these might be true because there are genetic links between many Jews and Black Africans.
As recent DNA studies point out…..
“A diverse array of Jewish populations can date their Sub-Saharan African ancestry back roughly 72 generations,”
“The older-mixture dates among African and Jewish populations are consistent with events in biblical times, such as the Jewish diaspora that occurred in 8th to 6th century BC.”
(see- https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110524153536.htm )
“But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and just as the LORD had predicted to Moses, Pharaoh refused to listen.”
-Exodus Chp9 v12
I see the exposing of & current increase of police murder & White racist anger as God hardning this nation “Pharoahs” heart against Afro Americans & forcing Black people into an extreme action mode.
African Americans are in action mode and look to go into overdrive in the fight against oppression.
Afro-Americans have suffered opression beyond Biblical levels. I say beyond because the Hebrews were enslaved but Egypt & Babylon never stripped the Hebrew people of their language & history nor whipped them saying “your name is Amon Ptah not Yossef”
Besides this our stories parallel on such a level it amazes me at times. When my mother 1st read the bible to me she also would read to me about Black heroes like Harriet Tubman & I easily felt that the bible was speaking about my peoples plight. Harriet following the north star to freedom was like the three wise men following the eastern star to Christ. I interpret the bible this way often & Ive been thinking about Exodus quite a bit lately. When your in a country that has systemically oppressed you & continues to kill your people with impunity you tend to have taughts like
“I wonder how cold winters are in Canada?”
” how hot does it really get in Africa?”
Many of our modern day prophets have advocated our leaving out of America & repatriating to Africa.
Ive always believed in a mental & “cultural” repatriation to Africa meaning we must relearn our history & roots of all things African & throughout our diaspora & fix our dysfunctional culture. Peraphs we may need to do both but just as the old generation poisened by the slavery in Egypt died off during those 40 years in the wilderness so I believe relearning our culture & history is a necessary 1st step to rid our selves of self destructive behavior & uncle tomism before returning to our mother land.
I’d also like to also point out that the Hebrew people didn’t just up & leave Egypt broke. They grabbed gold,food and anything else they needed before leaving
“The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing.”
“The LORD caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!”
Exodus Chp 12 v35 to 36
You could call this a form of Reparations the Egyptians paid the Hebrews for the centuries of enslavement they endured. African Americans are asking for nothing more from America yet so called White Christians and many White Jews scoff at the idea of recompense for Blacks that have endured the most volitile form of servitude and oppression ever implemented.
So scripture tells us what we need to do before & towards our Exodus,be it mental,physical or both. Relearn who we are,become that & stack the money we will need to rise to our rightful position in the world & the current treatment we’ve received from this system is pushing us towards this just as Pharoahs armies pushed Moses to split and cross the Red Sea towards the promise land