by Rev Joel Yong
When the locusts had finished eating every plant in the land, I said, “Almighty LORD, please forgive us! How can the descendants of Jacob survive? There are so few of them.” The LORD changed his plans about this. “This won’t happen,” the LORD said. This is what the Almighty LORD showed me: The Almighty LORD was calling for judgment by fire. The fire dried up the ocean and burned up the land. Then I said, “Almighty LORD, please stop! How can the descendants of Jacob survive? There are so few of them.” The LORD changed his plans about this. “This won’t happen either,” the Almighty LORD said. This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall built with the use of a plumb line, and he had a plumb line in his hand. He asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” I answered, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “I’m going to hold a plumb line in the middle of my people Israel. I will no longer overlook what they have done. The worship sites of Isaac will be destroyed, and the holy places of Israel will be in ruins. I will attack Jeroboam’s heirs with my sword.” Then Amaziah, the priest at Bethel, sent a message to King Jeroboam of Israel. It read, “Amos is plotting against you among the people of Israel. The country isn’t able to endure everything he is saying.
God was merciful and changed His mind about terrible judgments that were in store for Israel.
He would unveil them to Amos and each time Amos would plead for mercy.
But contrast Amos’ behavior with Amaziah, the priest of Bethel.
Amaziah saw these prophecies, not as coming from God, nor as judgment meant to correct Israel.
He saw it as coming from Amos and it was meant to overthrow or harm the throne of Jeroboam. To Amaziah, these prophecies were like curses from a witch doctor- powerful spells of sorts.
How blind Amaziah was!
He had a priestly function but he saw no God.
His heart was concerned for earthly thrones whilst he paid no mind to disrespecting the eternal throne of God.
Are we behaving in such a manner- overly concerned about earthly friendships and how people perceive us instead of our duties to the Almighty God?
Are we blind like Amaziah- seeing only what men say and considering how it offends us – without considering that God is working behind the scenes to chide us?!!