(14 verses, 2:15 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Amos sees the vision of a basket of summer fruit, and the Lord explains what it means, “Destruction is coming.” The fruit is plucked, and it will soon be eaten.
MARK & LEARN
- The Lord starts His threat of destruction with the hymns to be sung in the temple on the day of destruction. There are three hymns, “So Many Dead Bodies”, “They are Thrown Everywhere”, and “Silence”. Imagine it! The priest stands up in the assembly and says, “Now we will sing together the hymn, ‘So Many Dead Bodies’.” Wozers.
- In verses 4-6 the Lord gets after the people who despise the Sabbath because it prevents them from stealing from the poor.
- In verses 7-8 the Lord uses the picture of the flooding Nile to warn the people of the rising up of the land to destroy them.
- 9-10, the day of mourning is promised.
- 11-12 is the most frightful threat, a famine of God’s Word. Martin Luther would often speak of the Gospel as a summer thunderstorm. It is pouring one moment and gone the next. Amos threatens the famine of preaching and the silencing of the prophets and God’s Word.
- 13-14 shows the consummate idolatry of the Northern Kingdom. Even when the Lord is punishing them they still go to the idolatrous temples in Dan and Beersheba.
- Our treasure is God’s Word. Jesus reminds us that we do not live on bread alone, put on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (See Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3). When we hear the Lord threatening to withdraw His Word, we shudder, and we pray that the Lord would always sustain the preaching of His Word in our midst.
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Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO