Sieve


The Lord was ready to sift his people.  Even though they had gone astray, he knew there were good people in among the bad.  There were healthy wheat kernels in with the chaff.  He would restore the remnant of devoted followers… Are you ready for such a day?

1 This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. 2 “What do you see, Amos?” he asked.

“A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered.

Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer. 4 Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, 5 saying,

“When will the New Moon be over
that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended
that we may market wheat?”—
skimping on the measure,
boosting the price
and cheating with dishonest scales,
6 buying the poor with silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

9 “For I will give the command,
and I will shake the people of Israel
among all the nations
as grain is shaken in a sieve,
and not a pebble will reach the ground.

11 “In that day
“I will restore David’s fallen shelter—
I will repair its broken walls

15 I will plant Israel in their own land,
never again to be uprooted
from the land I have given them,”
says the Lord your God.
Amos 8:1-2, 4-6, 9:9-11, 15

A basket of ripe fruit.  That’s the vision Amos saw, which tells him that the time was ripe for Israel.  God would spare them no longer.  You see, the Lord was finished tolerating the trampling of the needy and the poor.

The desire of the people was for the festivals of God to be over and for the Sabbath to finish so they could get back to swindling people.  Sounds like they are being religious for show and then going back to their own ways.

Skimping on measures.  Boosting prices.  Cheating with dishonest scales.  Selling silver and sandals to the poor in exchange for servitude. Sweeping the dust up off the threshing floor to sell it with the wheat.  Some might call this good business.   I call it advancing on the backs of others.

The Lord was ready to sift his people.  Even though they had gone astray, he knew there were good people in among the bad.  There were healthy wheat kernels in with the chaff.  He would restore the remnant of devoted followers.

How will you be found on such a day?  As a cheat or devoted follower?  Amos’ vision was urgent for Israel, and it stands as a warning for us.  I want to be found in the remnant.  I desire to please God.

Holy Spirit speak into my life to expose any wicked way.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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