Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said, “‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.’” And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there, but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.” Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. But the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ Now therefore hear the word of the LORD. “You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.’ Therefore thus says the LORD: “‘Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be divided up with a measuring line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.’”
Amos 7:10–17
Amaziah means “Yahweh is mighty.” Despite the weakness of man, God remains mighty and strong to save. Many times, in the history of Israel and the history of the Church men have worked to destroy the work of our mighty God. Amaziah claims to be a priest but does no priestly work. Instead, he works against the Word and the servants of the most high God. Despite the attacks of false prophets, false priests, and all the enemies of God, the living God is not defeated by their work. The Word of the Lord that came to Amos was proclaimed despite Amaziah’s attack. Despite the attempts of the world, the Word of God is declared among us, too. This Word is the only thing that endures. It endures all attacks and stands the test of time. When everything else fails and crumbles, the Word of the Lord will endure forever. Thanks be to God that the Word became flesh and was born to save and make new the people of God by his death on the cross and his victorious resurrection. Yahweh is mighty. He shows his might in the weakness of the cross and in the shedding of his blood for you. Blood shed means sins forgiven.
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