The Lord is, and has always been for righteousness, holiness, justice and has told these people through Amos in Amos 5:15 “Hate evil and love good and establish justice in the gate”. But they continue their abuses as in Amos 5:12 “For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are numerous, you foes of the righteous, those who take a bribe, and those who push aside the poor ones in the gate!” and the Lord seeks a way to put an end to their oppression. Amos intercedes and the Lord relents, but this cannot go on. So the Lord sets a plummet, a standard that is over the lives of all for judgement and because of their rejection of Gods ways, a time of famine from hearing God’s word and without it in Amos 8:13 “In that day the beautiful young women and the young men will faint because of thirst.”, because it is by revelation and understanding of God that we find purpose and fulfilment and contentment. He also though, looks forward to a time in Amos 9:11–12 On that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen, and I will repair its breaches and will raise up its ruins and will build it like the days of old.
My Lord Yahweh’s Call for a Legal Case
Amos sees a plague of locust coming on the land and Amos spoke out in
Amos 7:2 And then when they finished eating the vegetation of the land, I said, “O Lord Yahweh, please forgive! How can Jacob stand, because he is small?”
and the Lord “relented” in Amos 7:3 but the Lord did something we might find unusual. He was going “to call for a legal case with fire” in Amos 7:4. There is a courtroom in heaven. The Lord does operate by a system of laws and justice and again Amos spoke out in
Amos 7:5 Then I said, “O Lord Yahweh, please stop! How can Jacob stand, because he is small?”
and again the Lord relented in Amos 7:6.
The Lord persists though and then said in
Amos 7:8 And Yahweh said to me, “What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A plummet.” And my Lord said, “Look, I am going to set a plummet in the midst of my people, Israel. I will not pass them by again.
the Lord says to us, and people often quote, in
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us argue,” says Yahweh. “Even though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white like snow; even though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
and it is on this basis that intercession is made, as Amos has dome here. But the Lord is not acting without cause so even though he relented, there was still a need for action. The Lord had reason “for a legal case” in Amos 7:4 and we sometimes forget the statements that follow in
Isaiah 1:19–20 If you are willing and you are obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. 20 But if you refuse and you rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.”
The intercession of Amos could not turn aside the judgement of the Lord against evil. The Lord set, in Amos 7:8, a plummet, a standard, a dividing line, “The plummet line was used not only in building, but in destroying houses (2 Ki 21:13; Is 28:17; 34:11; La 2:8). It denotes that God’s judgments are measured out by the most exact rules of justice”.1
and then he says in Amos 7:8 “I will not pass by them again” meaning, “not forgive them any more (Am 8:2; Pr 19:11; Mic 7:18)”.1
Yahweh Said to Me, Go, Prophesy
Surely I Will Never Forget Any of Their Deeds!
A Famine of Hearing the Words of Yahweh!
The Lord has given them his word through Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and has preserved them through Joseph and delivered and established them through Moses and given them David as a king even though he wanted them to be a people to him. Now, in their day, he sends Amos and they reject him, but it isn’t Amos that they are rejecting, it is God himself. So, it seems “a just retribution on those who now will not hear the Lord’s prophets, nay even try to drive them away, as Amaziah did (Am 7:12); they shall look in vain, in their distress, for divine counsel, such as the prophets now offer (Ez 7:26; Mic 3:7)”.2
It isn’t that Gods word is not there for them, it has been written and preserved and shared with generations. Even as the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in our time and have brought confirmation and insight that was lost to us, the Lord declares a famine of “hearing” in
Amos 8:11–12 Look, the days are coming,” declares my Lord Yahweh, “when I will send a famine in the land, not a famine for bread and not a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Yahweh! 12 And they will wander from sea to sea and from the north and to the east. They will roam about to seek the word of Yahweh, but they will not find it!
There is a revelation, insight into the realm of the spirit that comes when we seek to find God and seek to know him. In their day, he gave them prophets, and in our day he gave first, the Holy Spirit in
John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name—that one will teach you all things, and will remind you of everything that I said to you.
and also in the body of Christ in
Ephesians 4:11–13 And he himself gave some as apostles and some as prophets and some as evangelists and some as pastors and teachers 12 for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to a measure of the maturity of the fullness of Christ,
but in principle, it is the same as it has always been, there are those that recognize God for who he is and he is always there for them as in
Hebrews 11:6 Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and is a rewarder of those who seek him.
and as Jesus said in
John 14:15–17 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, in order that he may be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world is not able to receive, because it does not see him or know him. You know him, because he resides with you and will be in you.
but just as it was in the time of Amos, there are those today that refuse and reject and deny God as in
Romans 1:20–21 For from the creation of the world, his invisible attributes, both his eternal power and deity, are discerned clearly, being understood in the things created, so that they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their reasoning, and their senseless hearts were darkened.
The Eyes of My Lord Yahweh Are on the Kingdom of Sin
Look, Days Are Coming
Though there are people that reject God, and who follow their own natural carnal ways, the ways of the world, the ways of the deceiver who has had authority for a time in
Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
but there is coming a day, the day of the Lord, the day when Christ returns and his people will be restored in
Amos 9:11–12 On that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen, and I will repair its breaches and will raise up its ruins and will build it like the days of old. 12 Thus they may take possession of the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name,” declares Yahweh, who does this.
and while we have seen a great restoration with the birth of Israel as a nation, we have not yet come to the end. There is ahead, a battle for this land but God has promised in
Amos 9:15 And I will plant them on their land and they will not be uprooted again from their land that I have given to them,” says Yahweh your God.
The Land Commits Great Whoredom
- Amos 7:1–9 My Lord Yahweh’s Call for a Legal Case
- Amos 8:9–14 A Famine of Hearing the Words of Yahweh!
- Amos 9:11–15 Look, Days Are Coming
- Amos 7:1-17
- Amos 8:1-14
- Amos 9:1-15
- 1. Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 677). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
- 2. Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 678). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.