A Famine Of Hearing The Word Of The Lord

Amos 7:1-9:15
‘That’s enough, prophet! Go back to Judah and do your preaching there… Don’t prophesy here at Bethel any more’(7:12-13). Amos was a faithful preacher of God’s Word – but his hearers wanted to get rid of him! This was the beginning of a time of great darkness: ‘The days are coming when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the Word of the Lord, but they will not find it’(8:11-12). There were dark times ahead – but God was looking beyond them to a brighter future: ‘I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel’(9:14). ‘Restore us again, O God of our salvation…’(Psalm 85:4-7).

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