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In Amos chapter seven, the prophet sees God measuring His people. The Lord is no longer going to spare them. He will see who is straight and who is crooked. Those who have not built rightly are going to fal, even though they are a part of God’s chosen people, Israel.
The king and his priest took exception to the prophet’s message. After all, God had placed the king over His chosen people. The king attempted to bar Amos from being a prophet.
Amos had a very simple answer to this. He had not chosen to be a prophet. God chose him. The work of the prophet is to make God’s Word clear. Since God’s Word endures forever but God’s king does not, the work of the prophet bears an authority which no king can claim.
Our world seems easily driven from one crisis to another. We enter into panic mode whenever events turn out differently than our desires. This focus on the temporary is always destructive. Why not rather be guided by God’s Word which endures forever? That’s what Amos would tell us.
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