- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Amos 8
Five visions of God’s judgement, and a prophecy of restoration.
The fourth vision of a basket of ripe summer fruit symbolizes the immediate end of Israel. “In that day,” (v.3) is the day of judgement and the day of mourning.
Doing injustice, trample the needy and do away with the land of the poor, brought God’s indictment. The merchants are impatient for the holy days to pass so that they can resume their fraudulent business (v.5). They defraud the poor by tampering with weight and measures (v.6).
Unconditional doom and disaster is an oracle including earthquake and eclipse, on top of military defeat. All prophecy will cease even to the point that there will be no words of the Lord. And God will withdraw even from communicating with Israel. It will be total desolation.
The patron idols of pagan shrines from Dan to Beersheba, from north to south, will be no help in that day.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?