Amos Prayed For and Prophesied Against Israel

To read the Bible in a year, read Amos 7-9.
Amos did not hate Israel, although they probably thought that he did because he spoke boldly against their sins. Yet, when the Lord God showed the prophet swarms of locust destroying the late crop of Israel (Amos 7:1, 2a), the prophet prayed,
“O Lord GOD, forgive, I pray! Oh, that Jacob may stand,
For he is small!” (v. 2)
The Lord answered the prayed and said that He would not send locusts against Israel (v. 3). Then the Lord God showed the prophet a conflict by fire (v. 4), and Amos prayed the same prayer (v. 5), and God again answered the prayer and said that He would not sent a conflict by fire to Israel (v. 6).
Then the prophet saw this, “Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand” (v. 7). He explained to Amos that the Lord would not pass by His people anymore (v. 8). The high places and the sanctuaries of Israel would be desolate and laid waste and God would rise with a sword against the house of the king of Israel (v. 9).
When God determines to punish, let the righteous people pray. Perhaps God shall relent for enough time that some may repent.

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Don Ruhl

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