Read 169.) Amos 4:1 thru 6:14. Amos, formerly a shepherd, is prophesying unto the northern kingdom of Israel, during the reign of their king, Jeroboam II. It’s about 750 BC. Chapter 4 contains more of the sure judgments about to befall them in just about 30 more years. The first 3 verses decry the social injustice of her high society women, but they shall go into captivity. O, but they are so religious, says verses 4 and 5! So, God will judge them in precisely that manner he warned them of through Moses 700 years before, in Deuteronomy 28; famine, drought, pestilence, disease, defeat, and great loss, resulting in poverty. God is faithful to all He promises… and, to all His threats! But, for all that, Israel would not turn back to God. Then, with that famous verse of 4:12, He tells them, “Prepare to meet your God!” It is a terrifying prospect!
With chapter 5, comes a lament, plea and call unto Israel to repent. See verses 4 and 6. “Seek me and live,” “Seek the Lord and live“! If they would, He would be with them, says verse 14. Verses 18 thru 20 merely touch on this ‘Day of the Lord,’ and speaks of how difficult that time will be. In this case, it is a reference to a future day of darkness for Israel during the 7 years of tribulation in the book of Revelation. The chapter ends with Amos decrying Israel’s religious observances and many social injustices; then closes with this: “I will send you into exile beyond Damascus.” It is the coming fulfillment of the 5th of the Promises and Prophecies concerning Israel. God would cast them out of the Promised Land! He foretold this thru Moses in Deuteronomy 28.
Then, in chapter 6, he goes from their actions, to their attitudes. They are complacent, and they are proud! As a result, Israel will be destroyed. Many will be slain. Many more will be taken into exile, and all they have will be left in ruin. God will use another nation to accomplish this. It will be a much larger and stronger nation. And, most oddly enough, as we shall soon learn; it will be a nation far more wicked than Israel? Hunh?!?!? What’s that about??? We will see! Today, it could be easily said that many a Christian believer is also complacent and proud. If any are, they, too, are as much in need of seeking the Lord in repentance; that He might be with them in a very special way! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell