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FRAMEWORKS: Amos

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FRAMEWORKS: Amos 8: A basket of ripe fruit & the coming judgment

 

[Preliminary Comment: This short chapter starts with Amos being shown a basket of ripe fruit [v.1], signifying that Israel are ripe for judgment [v.2] that will bring judgment in the temple [v.3]. He speaks against those who trample on the poor [v.4], who disdain the Sabbath [v.5] and buy and sell the poor [v.6] so the Lord says He will not forget any of this [v.7] and will bring judgment on the land because of it [v.8] with a darkness [v.9] that will turn their festivities into mourning [v.10]. The next three verses [v.11-13] speak of a famine of hearing from the Lord and concludes with a final declaration that all those idol worshippers will fall and never rise again [v.14]. The summary: you deserve the judgment that is coming very soon.]

   

   

v.1-3 The time is ripe for Israel to be judged

 

v.1The Lord shows Amos a basket of ripe fruit

v.1  This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit.

 

v.2 The Lord explains what it means

v.2  ‘What do you see, Amos?' he asked.

‘A basket of ripe fruit,' I answered.

Then the Lord said to me, ‘The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.

 

v.3 He clarifies it means destruction

v.3  ‘In that day,' declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘the songs in the temple will turn to wailing. Many, many bodies – flung everywhere! Silence!'

 

v.4-6 Their unrighteousness declared

 

v.4 It is to deal with the unrighteous…

v.4  Hear this, you who trample the needy
    and do away with the poor of the land,

 

v.5 … who disdain the Sabbath and cheat at trade….

v.5  saying,

‘When will the New Moon be over
    that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended
    that we may market wheat?'–
skimping on the measure,
    boosting the price
    and cheating with dishonest scales,
    

v.6 … and who trade in the poor

v.6  buying the poor with silver
    and the needy for a pair of sandals,
    selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

 

v.7-10 A Judgment of Darkness will come

 

v.7 The Lord sees all they have done…

v.7  The Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: ‘I will never forget anything they have done.

 

v.8 … and so the land will suffer judgment over it

v.8  ‘Will not the land tremble for this,
    and all who live in it mourn?
The whole land will rise like the Nile;
    it will be stirred up and then sink
    like the river of Egypt.

 

v.9 There will come a darkness on the land…

v.9  ‘In that day,' declares the Sovereign Lord,

‘I will make the sun go down at noon
    and darken the earth in broad daylight.
     

v.10 … that will turn their festivities into times of mourning

v.10  I will turn your religious festivals into mourning
    and all your singing into weeping.
I will make all of you wear sackcloth
    and shave your heads.
I will make that time like mourning for an only son
    and the end of it like a bitter day.

 

v.11-14 A famine of words from heaven with destruction following

 

v.11 He will bring a famine of the words from heaven

v.11  ‘The days are coming,' declares the Sovereign Lord,
    ‘when I will send a famine through the land –
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
    but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.
   

v.12 People will search for them but hear nothing

v.12  People will stagger from sea to sea
    and wander from north to east,
searching for the word of the Lord,
    but they will not find it.

  

v.13 Young people will faint from spiritual thirst

v.13  ‘In that day

‘the lovely young women and strong young men
    will faint because of thirst.
    

v.14 Those who look to their idols will fall never to recover

v.14  Those who swear by the sin of Samaria –
    who say, “As surely as your god lives, Dan”,
    or, “As surely as the god of Beersheba lives”–
    they will fall, never to rise again.'

   

    

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