Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jack be Nimble, Jack be Quick

I have probably told you that in my latest stay in the hospital, a therapist diagnosed me as having "a wandering mind". My best friend laughed and told her, "He has always thought that way."

I just listened to an audio reading of the Book of Amos. It didn't take long, of course, but oh how the God inspired prophet jumps around!

His message begins in the B.C. times of the descendants of David, leaps to the Day of the Lord, then to the millennium and Israel's restoration. There seem to be no transitions, and no timelines except in the introduction of his messages.

Amos of Tekoah was an obscure man, who sometimes was a gatherer of sycamore figs, the poorest food for flocks. There is no trace of his city yet found. Some would consign this powerful prophet to the dusts of time. Most do.

But centuries later, in the Book of Acts, his words are quoted to prove a wonderful idea. The tabernacle of David has fallen down, but it shall be raised again, after the church is complete. The first church council said that the kingdom of David, now in abeyance, will be restored.

In many denominations these are fighting words indeed. But it is a fight that those who read Amos, and the other prophets will always win.

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