There is a Famine coming! These words have little impact in our current western culture. Food seems to be one thing of which there is no lack... But it is not a famine of food that is foretold, it is a famine of hearing the word of the Lord.
Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
As I was reading this scripture for my worship over the last couple of days, it caught my attention and I studied further. The results have left me with a sense of awe at the herald of destruction that awaits those who worship other Gods.
In Amos 8:12-14 we read the following;
8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find [it].
8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.
Verse 12 illustrates the sense of loss. There will be those who wander about looking for the word of the Lord but cannot find it. “From sea to sea....” I understand that to mean from one side of the continent to the other. Or as bible prophecy would place it, from one people(or nation) to the next. (Rev17:1). This constitutes quite an intensive search and reveals the sense of loss by those who are searching.
But what is the reason for this drought?
It is revealed in Amos 8:14.” They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner (or way as is the alternative meaning from the Hebrew) of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.”
Well, what is the sin of Samaria? In 1Kings 16:31-33 we read that Ahab came to be king of Israel and ruled from Samaria and there he set up an idol to Baal and worshipped there. Previous to him, Jeroboam set up two idols (golden calves), one in Dan and one in Bethel. (1Kings 12:26-31).
God had instructed Israel not to swear by any other Gods (Joshua 23:7) but by the name of the living God (Deut 10:20; 6:13)
So the battle is again, a choice between two Gods. Baal and the true God! This battle continues to repeat itself and we are faced with this battle for the last time in earth’s history, in this day!
Will we serve a God of men’s devising or will we worship the true God of the scriptures, The Creator God?
9:1 I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
9:2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
This is a stern warning with dire consequences and relates directly to whom we worship.
Jesus said to the woman at the well; “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.”(John 4:22) The Samaritans did NOT know whom they were worshipping. They were worshipping a god of their own devising. The Jews on the other hand were worshipping the Father in Heaven and of them Jesus said “ we know whom we worship”. The words “salvation is of the Jews” I understand that this means that salvation comes to those who worship the true God and this was the Jews at the time.
There is a famine coming! Do we know whom we worship? Is our God the true God or have we bowed to Baal?
This is eternal life, that they may know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. (John17:3)
Our Father, the ONLY true God and Jesus Christ His Son who has inherited all things from his Father and who has directed us to Worship His Father in spirit and in truth (John4:23)
It is my prayer that as we share our studies and thoughts, that we ever remember the channel of blessing and that no soul has ever received Christ into their hearts through aggression and force. Let us remember to sow seeds and leave the watering to the one who searches the deep things of the heart.