7/6/22

Good morning!

Text: Amos 1-3; Ecclesiastes 6
The prophet Amos did not come from the prophet “class”, but was a farmer from a country village south of Jerusalem.  His words of warning to the nation are powerful and sobering.  A verse that made me think is 3:8 –
The lion has roared;
    who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken;
    who can but prophesy?
I wonder what it is like to be a prophet.  The Word of God comes to the prophet with force and power, frightening and vivid.  As Hebrew scholar Abraham Heschel writes, “the prophet stands before the open door of the blast furnace of heaven.”  The prophet sees the unseen and he feels the intense displeasure of God.  He sees the awful fate of sinners… but they just keep on sinning, deaf and blind to the words and images the prophet must bear. So, the prophet must speak and write in ways that shout and awaken.  So he uses language and images that compel, that demand an emotional response.  My prayer as we read Bible prophecy is that our hearts will not only understand the truth, but feel the truth.
in Him, Mike