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 2:6-7Amos 5:11Amos 8:4-6)
            c. pride (Amos 6:8)
            d. sexual sin (Amos 2:7)
            e. paganism, false worship (Amos 2:4Amos 3:14Amos 4:4-5Amos 5:26Amos 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.

        "Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel,
            and because I will do this to you,
            prepare to meet your God, O Israel" (Amos 4:1Amos 4:11-12).