July 18, 2010

Amos 8:1-12 Colossians 1:15-28 Luke 10:38-42 This morning the prophet Amos, whom we heard from last Sunday as well, continues his rant against the people of the Northern Kingdom of Israel in the 8th century BCE. Amos puts God’s judgment and anger into words for the people so that there can be no doubt about what they have done wrong and why God is getting fed up with them. Amos is addressing the people who trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land. He talks about how they sell grain to the poor, but they cheat them by using false scales. They are liars and cheats – trying to get rich at someone else’s expense. Be assured, Amos warns them, God is paying attention and God has a good memory. God is going to turn things upside down. Their feasts will be over, and they will be mourning instead. One of the things that I find most interesting about reading the prophets is the visions that they talk about. They get these strange images in their minds, and each one represents some kind of message from God. You probably remember the popular one from the prophet Ezekiel, when he saw a valley full of dry, dry bones. Then he saw the bones moving, putting themselves together into bodies, and flesh appearing on them. With the breath of God, the bodies came back to life. And through that vision – through that metaphor – Ezekiel’s readers … Read more »