Vision of the Summer Fruit
Verse 1 – Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit.
Verse 2 – And He said, “Amos, what do you see?” Then the Lord said to me: “The end has come upon My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore.
Verse 3 – And the sons of the temple shall be wailing in that day,” says the Lord God – “Many dead bodies everywhere, they shall throw them out in silence.”
This basket of summer fruit means Israel is ripe for judgment. There will be so many dead, that they take them out of the city in silence because of the enemy.
Verse 4 – Hear this, you who swallow up the needy, and make the poor of the land fail,
Verse 5 – saying: “When will the New Moon be past, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may trade our wheat? Making the ephah small and the shekel large, falsifying the balances by deceit,
Verse 6 – that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals – even sell the bad wheat?”
The people couldn’t wait for the festivals and Sabbath to be over so they could go back to selling and making money. They were only interested in making money, even if it meant selling the chaff as wheat.
Verse 7 – The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: “Surely I will never forget any of their works.
Verse 8 – Shall the land not tremble for this, and everyone mourn who dwells in it? All of it shall swell like the River, heave and subside like the River of Egypt.
The Nile River would flood every year and overflow. The phrase is a metaphor for an earth quake.
Verse 9 – “And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the Lord God, “that I will make the sun go down as noon, and I will darken the earth in broad daylight;
Verse 10 – I will turn your feasts into mourning, and your songs into lamentations; I will bring sackcloth on every waist, and baldness on every head; I will make it like morning for an only son, and its end like a bitter day.
Amos warned, that a day was coming when they would shave their heads in mourning. It would be a day like they had never seen before.
Verse 11 – “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.
A time was coming when no prophet would speak God’s word; no spiritual counselor, no faithful reprover, or none who would point out the way of salvation and His mercy. This was the severest of God’s judgments. But evidently, that’s what the people had shown God they wanted.
Is our society any different today? Some don’t want God’s word spoken out loud in any school or displays in or on any building. They want Him shut out. Again, one day He will give them what they want, a world without Him – hell.
Verse 12 – They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but shall not find it.
Verse 13 – “In that day the fair virgins and strong young men shall faint from thirst.
Verse 14 – Those who swear by the sin of Samaria, who say, ‘As your god lives, O Dan!’ And ‘As the way of Beer-Sheba lives!’ They shall fall and never rise again.”
The guilt of Samaria is the shrines the people made throughout the land, especially at Dan and Bethel.