By A Graeme Auld
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He likes to get hold of a telling phrase, and to repeat it over and over again. ” He was unacquainted with the learning of the schools; but he was not ignorant of the orator’s art. III. LESSONS WHICH AMOS IS SO WELL ABLE TO TEACH 1. He turns our attention, we cannot but remark, to the severity rather than to the goodness of Cod His prophecy closes, indeed, with an attractive delineation of the Divine loving kindness. But before the still small voice there have been the wind and the earthquake and the fire.
Since, then, they abused His long-suffering, Amos now says that they would find at length that He was not asleep. ” By “roaring” is signified the terrible voice of God; but the prophet here speaks of God’s voice, rather than of what are called actual judgments really executed, that the Israelites might learn that the examples of punishments which God executes in the world happen not by chance or at random, but proceed from His threatenings; in short, the prophet intimates that all punishments which God inflicts on the ungodly and the despisers of His Word.
Somewhere in the closing years of the ninth century before Christ this memorable expedition took place. Jeroboam II. was reigning at the time over the Northern Kingdom. Under his rule it had reached its highest splendour. He “restored the coast of Israel,” we are told in the historical books, “from the entering of Hamath. ” He was a brave and vigorous man, though “he did evil in the sight of the Lord”; and his arms had been successful everywhere. His subjects were secure in the consciousness of their strength.