May 23rd 2017 – Lets not be summer or ripe fruit.

Amos chapter 8 opens with this verse:

Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit.

Apparently a better translation might be “ripe fruit”.  The message God was sending through this picture was that like the fruit, Israel was ripe, ripe for His judgement. God was saying He would not hold off any longer on the negative consequences coming to them because of their ongoing rebellion.

It’s a reminder that as time passes there comes a point where if we don’t turn back from poor choices, a greater level of damage will come to our lives. Hebrews 12 verses 12-13 expresses this sentiment:

12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

In Amos, Israel was morally lame and God had previously relented on bringing judgment, however now with her on going rejection of Him, she would be judged, there would be greater negative consequences for her actions. In the language of Hebrews 12 verse 13 she would be dislocated.

Lets be careful we don’t become ripe fruit like Israel, ripe for greater negative consequences to come into our lives because of poor choices we’re making. That we don’t go from lame to dislocated, but rather be healed

In the sense of Amos 8 verse 1…..lets not be Summer, ripe fruit.

 

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