Amos 7
Plague of locusts; the Lord's repentance; rejection of the prophet
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Development of the judgment begins in this chapter
Judgment deferred God waited for judgment as Amos plead for the people in the first two visions 7:1-3 and 7:4-6.
Judgment declared Israel's exile is foretold and objections are overcome 7:7-9.
Judgment scheduled The time of judgment has come 8:1-14.
Judgment executed In the fifth vision, God performs the act of destruction 9:1-10. (Then the promise of restoration).
From Jon Dybdahl, Bible Amplifier, Hosea-Micah, p.136, Pacific Press, 1996.
.1 ¶ Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.
.2  And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
 3  The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.
The Lord is giving Amos a visionary experience which symbolizes the experience of Israel. Compare re1008.
  1 - Grasshoppers Or "locusts."
  1 - After the king's mowings The second mowing would be for the people.
  2 - Forgive Hoping that the prophecy would not need to be fulfilled je1808. Compare ho1202. Israel repented at least in the vision. Then in v4 they are in trouble again. They didn't stay "saved."
.4  Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.   Contend by fire Fire punishes and also purifies.
  Devoured the great deep The sea burned up! 1ki1838.
 5  Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
 6  The LORD repented [relented] for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.
  Cease The Lord waited for Amos to see the need to not burn up everything.
  Repented The Lord does not change mal0306. He prepared the experience for Amos and those who would listen. He knew how Amos would respond. Thus his relenting was not because He had made a mistake.
.7  Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.
 8  And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:.
.9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
  7 - Plumbline A string with a weight to see that the wall was true vertically. Here we understand judgment for the city. Notice the two uses of the plumbline. The Lord uses a plumbline to check the wall which was made with a plumbline. In the preadvent judgment, we see both cleansing le1630 and judgment or determination of status le2329. His helping us be ready for judgment is good news.
  9 - High places These were places for heathen worship. Now God's people had turned to them. je0220, ho0413. God had forbidden this de0705, de3329.
  9 - Against the house of Jeroboam See on 2ki1030.
 10 ¶ Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.
 11  For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.
 12  Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:
 .13  But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.
  10 - Amaziah the priest He didn't like to have his pagan worship challenged. Neither did the king v13.
  13 - Prophesy not again A lesson for us today.
.14  Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:
 15  And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
 16  Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.
 17  Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.
  14 - I was no prophet Amos declares that giving warnings was not his choice but was the Lord's.
  14 - A prophet's son Designation for men from the schools of the prophets 2ki0203.
  14 - Sycamore fruit Called a "fig" but inferior to the true fig.
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