Who Is That Knocking at Our Door?

This is a lesson in history and caution for America.    

The Hyksos are a little known people. Time writes faintly on the pages of these mysterious people in light of their impact. They seem to have emerged out of Asia and settled in the Eastern Nile Delta around 1650 BC. They were Semitic, though not Jews, and spoke and wrote in Semitic. They were not of one nation, but many drawn by a common denominator; Egypt, an opportunistic land of promise. It is speculated that among their various nationalities were Hurrian and Indo-European people.

They began as a trickle, moving into lower Egypt. However, many had already entered, bringing with them some advanced principles and implements that seem beneficial to Egyptian culture. Among their arts and crafts were some advanced weapons of war. They introduced the chariot for warfare. As their numbers increased, so did their impact on the culture and economy of the region. This led to the opening border of Egypt providing an unofficial invitation, and soon caravans of Hyksos flooded. This surge resulted in larger numbers of them moving north and exercising greater influence on Egyptian culture.

As their numbers increased, a 500-meter long “giant fence” was built to stem the influx. Their numbers entering decreased.

By 1782 BC, in the Egyptian city of Avaris in Lower Egypt, they established the Second Intermediate Period (1782-1570 BC). From their number, leaders emerged. Two declared themselves a Pharaoh and ruled north and south Egypt. Some scholars believe the pharaoh with whom Moses related to have been a Hyksos. There is little evidence to support this. Overall, Hyksos ruled Egypt for over 200 years. The trickle became a tsunami.

When driven from Egypt by Almose of Thebes, their destiny has been as mysterious as their emergence. However, while in Egypt they influenced the religion, economy, morality and culture in general.

When a significant culture invades a nation, they invariably set about to change the very things that attracted them there.

America is facing a challenge not unlike that of ancient Egypt. One can’t help but be moved by the thousands seeking entrance into our country. Their plight, however, does not give them the right to violate our laws.

A clash is likely at our border not between cultures, but between compassion and the laws of a sovereign state. It is yet to be revealed who sponsored and organized the caravans and why. Seven thousand people didn’t meet by chance in a park and agree to take a hike to America.

Allowing illegals in is an open invitation for more to come. Then our government (you and I) will have to provide them with the support the country from which they came from didn’t.

Like with the Hyksos, what matters is the issue of what ideals and ideas do they bring with them and how will that change America. This ancient issue needs addressing. Who sets about to build a house and does not first count the cost? The ethos of America is at stake.

The process of legal immigration is valid and valuable. We need immigrants, but we need to know who they are and what their intent is. That is how American immigration has always worked and it worked.

Remember the Hyksos and pray for America.