6.18 Amos -- The Sins of Israel
Throughout this book, Amos describes at length the specific deeds that enraged God against Israel:
a. rejecting God's laws (Amos 2:4)
b. oppressing the poor and righteous (Amos 2:6-7, Amos 5:11, Amos 8:4-6)
c. pride (Amos 6:8)
d. sexual sin (Amos 2:7)
e. paganism, false worship (Amos 2:4, Amos 3:14, Amos 4:4-5, Amos 5:26, Amos 8:14)
But more than just a litany of sins, the tone of God's accusations are mocking and sarcastic, and filled with violent imagery:
"Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria,
you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy
and say to your husbands, 'Bring us some drinks!'....
I overthrew some of you as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire,
yet you have not returned to me," declares the Lord.