The Time Is Ripe
Father, help me to align my life with Your heart and Your justice and to live a life that brings Your peace.
Does your life affect the poor for good or for bad?
Amos has seen several visions not come to be. Reluctant to bring the necessary judgment and in answer to Amos's pleas, God relents from bringing calamity (7:1-6).
But Amaziah's contemptuous rejection of Amos seems to be a trigger. The next vision given to Amos is of "ripe" or summer fruit, and the word that accompanies it is, literally, "the end has come" (2b). Not that it will come, but that it has come. Judgment and exile are now irreversible, for God has sworn that this will happen (7).
The worship in their Temple will turn to wailing (3). The people's rejection of God's Word will be punished with a "famine of hearing the words of the Lord" (11). However hard they seek, the Word will not come to them again before God's judgment has been carried out.
In the person of Amaziah, the people of Israel said no to God. They showed contempt for God in wrong worship, injustice to the poor and disobedience to the Law. They rejected God's Word and his prophet. In a judgment recalling some plagues of Egypt (8,9), they will fall (14).
Saying no to God is serious; we can get stuck and unable to hear him. Seek God's forgiveness urgently.
Lord, may the yes of my lips be lived out in every part of my life: worship, justice, obedience and willingness to hear.
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