FRIDAY 16TH MARCH, 2018
THEME: BASKET OF SUMMER FRUIT
TEXT: AMOS 8:1-14
MEMORY VERSE: AMOS 8:2 “And He said, ‘Amos, what seest thou?’ And I said ‘A basket of summer fruit.’ Then said the Lord unto me. The end is come upon My people of Israel. I will not again pass by them anymore.”
Amos was one of the 12 so- called “minor prophets,” a farmer and trader who travelled from his hometown, Tekoa, south of Jerusalem, to sell his wares in Samaria, capital of the 10 Northern Kingdom. No wonder his language is less-refined compared to the flowery language of Isaiah.
Amos was called to do God’s work and he was one of the greatest prophets of his time. In our text, God was very angry with Israel and was ready to punish them with an invasion but God, as usual, wanted to warn them before taking such action against His people. In the text, God describes Israel as “a basket of summer fruits” ready to be spoilt. Some of the sins of Israel at that time were oppression of the poor, cheating, falsifying the balances, shifting of landmarks and taking over the land of the poor, selling bad wheat to people, lack of sincerity in worship of Yahweh, etc.
Many of these sins are prevalent today. People even sell saw-dust as tea and load flour in tetracycline tubes. People sell expired drugs, contaminated tinned food items just to make money. Many of the so- called Pastors or religious leaders are out to make money, prophesying lies and saying what God did not say nor sent them! All they are interested in is their pockets!
God is warning those in this category to rethink. Delay may be disastrous. The Lord says “And it shall come to pass in that day that I will cause the sun to go down at noon and I will darken the earth in the clear day. And I will turn your feasts to mourning and all your songs into lamentations and I will bring sackcloth upon all loins and baldness upon every head and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end therefore as a bitter day. (Am. 8:9-10). All these things came to pass in Israel. While the 10 Northern tribes were taken away by the Assyrians under Senacherib, the remaining two southern tribes followed suit into the 70–year Babylonian captivity about 10 decades later. The same thing happened to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria and Babylon. Where is Assyria today? Where is Babylon? Their sins swept them away into oblivion. A word is enough for the wise.
HYMN: MHB 353 – JUST AS I AM, WITHOUT ONE PLEA
PRAYER: God of mercy, show mercy to our nation and don’t allow her to be swept into oblivion by people’s sins but pass through them with Your revival fires in Jesus’ name.