Amos 4

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Amos 4 has the prophet stepping across the lines of political correctness and addressing the women of his day.  “Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to your husbands, Bring, that we may drink”.  Amos wasn’t trained as a prophet, he was a simple herdsman and farmer. When he wanted to get the point across to the indulgent women of Israel, he called them fat cows.  He grabs their attention so he can deliver a  picture of what is to come – punishment and judgment.

It wasn’t that these women were merely fat and affluent, it was that they gained their wealth and position by oppressing and crushing the less fortunate. God saw this and promised to hold them accountable.  They are going to pay for their sin.  God reminds them…

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