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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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Daily Readings

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.

2 He did what is displeasing to Yahweh and copied the sin into which Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel; he did not give it up.

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.

6 But they did not give up the sin into which Jeroboam had led Israel; they persisted in it, and even the sacred pole stayed standing in Samaria.

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?

9 Then Jehoahaz fell asleep with his ancestors, and was buried in Samaria; his son Joash succeeded him.

10 In the thirty-seventh year of Joash king of Judah, Jehoash son of Jehoahaz, became king of Israel in Samaria. He reigned for sixteen years.

11 He did what is displeasing to Yahweh, he did not give up the sin into which Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel; he persisted in it.

12 The rest of the history of Joash, his entire career, his prowess, how he waged war on Amaziah king of Judah, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel?

13 Then Joash fell asleep with his ancestors, and Jeroboam ascended his throne. Joash was buried in Samaria with 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!’

15 Elisha said to him, ‘Bring bow and arrows,’ and he sent for a bow and arrows.

16 Then Elisha said to the king, ‘Draw the bow,’ and he drew it. Elisha put his hands over the hands of the king,

17 then he said, ‘Open the window towards the east,’ and he opened it. Then Elisha said, ‘Shoot!’ And he shot. Elisha said, ‘Arrow of victory over Aram! You will defeat Aram at Aphek-completely.’

18 Elisha said, ‘Take the arrows,’ and he took them. Then he said to the king, ‘Strike the ground,’ and he struck it three times, then stopped.

19 At this the man of God grew angry with him. ‘You should have struck half a dozen times,’ he said, ‘and you would have beaten Aram completely; now you will beat Aram only three times.’

20 Elisha died and was buried. Bands of Moabites were making incursions into the country every year.

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.

24 Hazael king of Aram died, and his son Ben-Hadad succeeded him.

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.

2 He was twenty-five years old when he came to the throne, and he reigned for twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddin of Jerusalem.

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.

5 Once the kingdom was firmly under his control, he killed those of his retainers who had murdered the king his father.

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.’

7 It was he who slaughtered the Edomites in the Valley of Salt, ten thousand of them, and captured the Rock; he gave it the name Joktheel, which it bears to the present day.

8 Amaziah then sent messengers to Jehoash son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel, saying, ‘Come and make a trial of strength!’

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.

10 You have conquered Edom and now aspire to even greater glory. Stay where you belong! Why provoke disaster, to your own and Judah’s ruin?’

11 But Amaziah would not listen, so Jehoash king of Israel marched to the attack. And at Beth-Shemesh, which belongs to Judah, he and Amaziah king of Judah made their trial of strength.

12 Judah was defeated by Israel, and everyone fled to his tent.

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;

14 all the gold and silver, and all the vessels to be found in the Temple of Yahweh and in the palace treasury, and hostages besides, he then took back with him to Samaria.

15 The rest of the history of Jehoash, his entire career, his prowess, how he waged war on Amaziah king of Judah, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel?

16 Then Joash fell asleep with his ancestors, and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel; his son Jeroboam succeeded him.

17 Amaziah son of Joash, king of Judah, lived for fifteen years after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel.

18 The rest of the history of Amaziah, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah?

19 A plot having been hatched against him in Jerusalem, he fled to Lachish; but he was followed to Lachish where he was murdered.

20 He was then transported by horse and buried in Jerusalem with his ancestors in the City of David.

21 All the people of Judah then chose Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in succession to his father Amaziah.

22 It was he who rebuilt Elath, recovering it for Judah, after the king had fallen asleep with his ancestors.

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.

24 He did what is displeasing to Yahweh and did not give up any of the sins into which Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel.

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.

27 But Yahweh had resolved not to blot out the name of Israel under heaven; he rescued them by means of Jeroboam son of Joash.

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?

29 Then Jeroboam fell asleep with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel; his son Zechariah succeeded him.

Amos 7

1 This is what Lord Yahweh showed me: there was a swarm of locusts when the second crop was sprouting, full-grown locusts, after the king’s hay had been cut.

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?’

3 Then Yahweh relented; ‘It will not happen,’ said Yahweh.

4 This is what Lord Yahweh showed me: Lord Yahweh summoning fire in punishment; it had devoured the great Abyss and was encroaching on the land,

5 when I said, ‘Lord Yahweh, stop, I beg you. How can Jacob survive, being so small?’

6 Then Yahweh relented; ‘This will not happen either,’ said the Lord Yahweh.

7 This is what he showed me: the Lord standing by a wall, with a plumb-line in his hand.

8 ‘What do you see, Amos?’ Yahweh asked me. ‘A plumb-line,’ I said. Then the Lord said, ‘Look, I am going to put a plumb-line in among my people Israel; never again will I overlook their offences.

9 The high places of Isaac will be ruined and the sanctuaries of Israel laid waste, and, sword in hand, I will attack the House of Jeroboam.’

10 Amaziah the priest of Bethel then sent word to Jeroboam king of Israel as follows, ‘Amos is plotting against you in the heart of the House of Israel; the country cannot tolerate his speeches.

11 For this is what Amos says, “Jeroboam is going to die by the sword, and Israel will go into captivity far from its native land.” ‘

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.

15 But Yahweh took me as I followed the flock, and Yahweh said to me, “Go and prophesy to my people Israel.”

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!”‘ 

Amos 8

1 This is what Lord Yahweh showed me: A basket of ripe fruit.

2 ‘What do you see, Amos?’ he asked. ‘A basket of ripe fruit,’ I said. Then Yahweh said, ‘The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will not continue to overlook their offences.

3 That day, the palace songs will turn to howls, -declares the Lord Yahweh- the corpses will be many that are thrown down everywhere. Keep silent!’

4 Listen to this, you who crush the needy and reduce the oppressed to nothing,

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.

6 We can buy up the weak for silver and the poor for a pair of sandals, and even get a price for the sweepings of the wheat.’

7 Yahweh has sworn by the pride of Jacob, ‘Never will I forget anything they have done.’

8 Will not the earth tremble for this and all who live on it lament, as it all rises together like the Nile in Egypt, it swells and then subsides like the Egyptian Nile?

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.

12 People will stagger from sea to sea, will wander from the north to the east, searching for Yahweh’s word, but will not find it.

13 ‘That Day, fine girls and stalwart youths will faint from thirst.

14 The people who swear by the Sin of Samaria, who say, “Long live your god, Dan!” and “Hurrah for the pilgrimage to Beersheba!” willall fall, never to rise again.’

Amos 9

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.

3 Should they hide on the top of Carmel, I shall track them down and catch them; should they hide from me on the sea bed, I shall order the Serpent there to bite them;

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.’

5 Lord Yahweh Sabaoth- he touches the earth and it melts, and all living things on it lament, as all rises together like the Nile in Egyptand then subsides like the Egyptian Nile.

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.

7 Are not you and the Cushites all the same to me, children of Israel? – declares Yahweh. Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Aramaeans from Kir?

8 Look, Lord Yahweh’s eyes are on the sinful kingdom, I shall wipe it off the face of the earth, although I shall not destroy the House of Jacob completely -declares Yahweh.

9 For look, I shall give the command and shall shake out the House of Israel among all nations as a sieve is shaken out without one grain falling on the ground.

10 All the sinners of my people will perish by the sword, who say, ‘Disaster will never approach or overtake us.’

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.

Psalm 124

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,

3 they would have swallowed us alive in the heat of their anger.

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!

7 We escaped like a bird from the fowlers’ net. The net was broken and we escaped;

8 our help is in the name of Yahweh, who made heaven and earth.

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