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on June 29, 2023 — by .
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book Amos.

Plumb line

Amos pictures the scene when the enemy lays siege to Samaria. The people die in thousands because of famine and plague. When a person comes to a house to take away the corpse of a relative to burn it, the lone survivor in the house warns him not to speak, and certainly not to mention the name of Yahweh. They do not want to attract God’s attention, in case He punishes them even more. They realize that God Himself is the one who has sent this catastrophe (verse 8-11).

on June 28, 2023 — by .
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Amos, Deuteronomy, Exodus, ISAIAH, Job, Psalm.

Day of the Lord

The day of the LORD is the intervention of God in judgement where He is expected to restore people and bless them. Israelites thought that this day would be one of victory and rejoicing for them because their enemies would be destroyed. Amos tells them that when God acts in judgement, He will act against all the wicked, and Israel will be the first to suffer. There will be no way of escape, no place of safety, when God’s judgement falls (verse 18-20).

on June 27, 2023 — by .
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books 1 Timothy, Amos, Genesis, Jeremiah, Micah, Psalm.

Women of Bashan

Many people knew about the cows of Bashan. The cows were big there (Psalm 22:12), and they ate good grass (Micah 7:14; Jeremiah 50:19 ). They were probably the best cows in Israel. Amos compares these cows to the rich women. This is an insult. These women did not care about poor people. Also, they had too much power in their homes (see 1 Timothy 3:11). They were not responsible.

on June 26, 2023 — by .
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book Amos.

Enemies will surround the land

God rescued the Israelites from the Egyptians and led them during difficult times in the desert. God had richly blessed the people of Israel, bringing them out of slavery, destroying the former inhabitants of Canaan, and giving them a prosperous land to dwell in (verse 9-10). He gave them prophets and Nazirites for their spiritual upbuilding, but they rejected both (verse 11-12.

Nazirites were a group of people who had made special promises to God. Some of these promises were,