This week the daily readings continue from Amos, the 30th book in the Old Testament. Amos lived in the town of Tekoa in the southern kingdom of Judah where he herded sheep and tended sycamore-fig trees. God called him to go to the northern kingdom of Israel and proclaim the messages God would reveal to him. Even though he was not a trained prophet nor of a priestly family, Amos went, 760-750 BCE. Amos’ obedient and faithful action shows that he was a man of God.
God reveals to Amos in three different visions the judgment that is about to fall on Israel. Amos prayed twice for the people asking God to relent and forgive, and God listened to Amos and decided not to proceed. The third vision of a plumb line measuring the integrity of the leaders and the people was not to be withdrawn. The righteousness of God’s judgment is affirmed by the reaction of Amaziah, priest of Bethel, and Jeroboam II, king of Israel. Both reacted by continuing in their self-centred ways, ignoring God’s warning, and leading the nation away from God.
God continues to love and care about people. What is God saying today and how are we reacting as individuals and as nations?
Bible Reading: Amos 7:1-17, 2 Kings 14:23-29; 15:8-10