Thoughts and Reflection
Today we read that Amos speaks to Israel telling them they will have destruction rather than grace and mercy because they have abandoned the ways of the Lord. People deal deceitfully and unjustly both with each other and with God. The people ask when the Sabbath will be over so they can sell their grain. Even though they observe the letter of the law, they long to return to business as usual.
Do we do the same? Do we want to move on to our own pursuits? Where are our hearts?
Because the people of Israel refuse to change, the Lord allows them to be destroyed by the Assyrians.
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2 Kings 13
1 In the twenty-third year of Joash son of Ahaziah, king of Judah, Jehoahaz son of Jehu became king of Israel in Samaria. He reigned for seventeen years.
3 This aroused Yahweh’s anger against the Israelites, and he delivered them without respite into the power of Hazael king of Aram and of Ben-Hadad son of Hazael.
4 Jehoahaz, however, tried to placate Yahweh, and Yahweh heard him, for he had seen the oppression which the king of Aram was inflicting on Israel.
5 Yahweh gave Israel a saviour who freed them from the grip of Aram, and the Israelites lived in their tents as in the past.
7 Of Jehoahaz’s army Yahweh left only fifty horsemen, ten chariots and ten thousand foot soldiers. The king of Aram had destroyed them, making them like dust trampled under foot.
8 The rest of the history of Jehoahaz, his entire career, his prowess, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel?
14 When Elisha had fallen ill of the illness of which he was to die, Joash king of Israel went down to him and shedding tears over him said, ‘Father! Father! Chariot of Israel and its chargers!’
21 Some people happened to be carrying a man out for burial; at the sight of one of these bands, they flung the man into the tomb of Elisha and made off. The man had no sooner touched the bones of Elisha than he came to life and stood up on his feet.
22 Hazael king of Aram had oppressed the Israelites throughout the lifetime of Jehoahaz,
23 but Yahweh was kind and took pity on them. Because of the covenant which he had made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, he relented towards them; he had no wish to destroy them, he did not cast them out of his presence.
25 From Ben-Hadad son of Hazael, Jehoash son of Jehoahaz recaptured the towns which Hazael had seized from his father Jehoahaz by force of arms. Joash defeated him three times and recovered the Israelite towns.
2 Kings 14
1 In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel, Amaziah son of Joash became king of Judah.
3 He did what Yahweh regards as right, though not like his ancestor David; he imitated his father Joash in all respects.
4 The high places, however, were not abolished, and the people still offered sacrifices and incense on the high places.
6 But he did not put the murderers’ sons to death, in accordance with what is written in the Book of Moses, where Yahweh has commanded: ‘Parents may not be put to death for their children, nor children for parents, but each must be put to death for his own crime.’
9 Jehoash king of Israel sent back word to Amaziah king of Judah, ‘The thistle of Lebanon sent a message to the cedar of Lebanon, saying, “Give my son your daughter in marriage”; but a wild animal of the Lebanon ran over the thistle and squashed it.
13 The king of Judah, Amaziah son of Jehoash, son of Ahaziah, was taken prisoner at Beth-Shemesh by Jehoash king of Israel who led him off to Jerusalem, where he demolished four hundred cubits of the city wall between the Ephraim Gate and the Corner Gate;
18 The rest of the history of Amaziah, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah?
20 He was then transported by horse and buried in Jerusalem with his ancestors in the City of David.
23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah son of Joash, king of Judah, Jeroboam son of Joash became king of Israel in Samaria. He reigned for forty-one years.
25 It was he who recovered the territory of Israel from the Pass of Hamath to the Sea of the Arabah, in accordance with the word which Yahweh, God of Israel, had spoken through his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath-Hepher.
26 For Yahweh had seen how very bitter the affliction of Israel was, with no one, either fettered or free, to come to Israel’s help.
28 The rest of the history of Jeroboam, his entire career, his prowess, what wars he waged, how he brought Damascus and Hamath back to their allegiance to Judah and Israel, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel?
2 When they had eaten all the grass in the land, I said, ‘Lord Yahweh, forgive, I beg you. How can Jacob survive, being so small?’
5 when I said, ‘Lord Yahweh, stop, I beg you. How can Jacob survive, being so small?’
7 This is what he showed me: the Lord standing by a wall, with a plumb-line in his hand.
12 To Amos himself Amaziah said, ‘Go away, seer, take yourself off to Judah, earn your living there, and there you can prophesy!
13 But never again will you prophesy at Bethel, for this is a royal sanctuary, a national temple.’
14 ‘I am not a prophet,’ Amos replied to Amaziah, ‘nor do I belong to a prophetic brotherhood. I am merely a herdsman and dresser of sycamore-figs.
16 So now listen to what Yahweh says: “You say: Do not prophesy against Israel, do not foretell doom on the House of Isaac!”
17 Very well, this is what Yahweh says, “Your wife will become a prostitute in the streets, your sons and daughters will fall by the sword, your land will be parcelled out by measuring line, and you yourself will die on polluted soil and Israel will go into captivity far from its own land!”‘
5 you who say, ‘When will New Moon be over so that we can sell our corn, and Sabbath, so that we can market our wheat? Then, we can make the bushel-measure smaller and the shekel-weight bigger, by fraudulently tampering with the scales.
9 ‘On that Day- declares the Lord Yahweh- I shall make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.
10 I shall turn your festivals into mourning and all your singing into lamentation; I shall make you all wear sacking round your waists and have all your heads shaved. I shall make it like the mourning for an only child, and it will end like the bitterest of days.
11 ‘The days are coming- declares the Lord Yahweh- when I shall send a famine on the country, not hunger for food, not thirst for water, but famine for hearing Yahweh’s word.
13 ‘That Day, fine girls and stalwart youths will faint from thirst.
1 I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said, ‘Strike the top of the pillar so that the thresholds shake! Smash their heads in, one and all! And I shall put any survivors to the sword; whoever runs away will not run far, whoever escapes will not make good his escape.
2 Should they burrow into Sheol, my hand will haul them out; should they climb to heaven, I shall bring them down.
4 if their enemies herd them into captivity, I shall order the sword to kill them there, and I shall fix my eyes on them for evil and not for good.’
6 He who builds his mansions in the heavens, supporting his vault on the earth; who summons the waters of the sea and pours them over the surface of the land: Yahweh is his name.
11 On that Day, I shall rebuild the tottering hut of David, make good the gaps in it, restore its ruins and rebuild it as it was in the days of old,
12 for them to be master of what is left of Edom and of all the nations once called mine -Yahweh declares, and he will perform it.
13 The days are coming- declares Yahweh- when the ploughman will tread on the heels of the reaper, and the treader of grapes on the heels of the sower of seed, and the mountains will run with new wine and the hills all flow with it.
14 I shall restore the fortunes of my people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them, they will plant vineyards and drink their wine, they will lay out gardens and eat their produce.
15 And I shall plant them in their own soil and they will never be uprooted again from the country which I have given them, declares Yahweh, your God.
1 [Song of Ascents Of David] If Yahweh had not been on our side — let Israel repeat it-
2 if Yahweh had not been on our side when people attacked us,
4 Then water was washing us away, a torrent running right over us;
5 running right over us then were turbulent waters.
6 Blessed be Yahweh for not letting us fall a prey to their teeth!
8 our help is in the name of Yahweh, who made heaven and earth.