-The LORD shows the prophet Amos a basket of summer fruit indicating the end for His people Israel (Amos 8:1). The phrase, “I will spare them no longer” is reiterated from Amos 7:8 as a final word on the matter of their rebellion and following after other gods, their greed, pride, and insensitivity to the needy and humble (Amos 8:2-6). The summer fruit analogy is thought provoking and interesting. When we think of it, the summer fruit represents the harvest, the growing season, the best of the fruit. The LORD was telling them, I believe, that they were now ripe for destruction (Joel 3:13, Revelation 14:15-18). The fullness of their depravity had come before Him. He had cultivated all of His warnings and they had turned out to be futile for the turning back to His truth and mercy. Israel (the northern kingdom) had shunned their King and there was no other recourse but to destroy them as a nation. This was an irrevocable word from the LORD and would be carried out in the near future even though they were at ease with their current circumstances. *Application* We should hasten to consider the implications of this in our own personal lives as well as that of our own nation. We are only useful to the LORD’s purposes and plans as we are obedient to Him. Don’t ever become ripe where you have no room for spiritual growth and extension of your sanctification. We as believers never arrive at perfection on this earth. We should continue to exert every effort with all diligence to add to our faith and become more and more like Christ Jesus in His image (2 Peter 1:5-9; 3:18). Don’t become short-sighted and blinded and unproductive for the Kingdom for temporary satisfactions and folly.
-We see that God is not fooled by Israel’s fake religious exercises (Amos 8:10). He understands their hearts and the wickedness that resides within them. Therefore, lamentation, mourning, and bitterness are prophesied over them. They have no desire for the Word of God and therefore it will become scarce for them to find. In fact it will become a spiritual famine with no place to go for the wisdom of God (Amos 8:11-12). They that have sought after other gods will fall and not rise again (Amos 8:14). *Application* “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8).” If we want to reap a continual harvest of increasing spiritual fruit and not let our basket become ripe where the next step is over-ripe and rotten, we must take care of our walk with Christ Jesus and mature in Him by His Spirit. Seek hard after His Word and grow in your understanding of it. It is like layers of an onion as you peel it back. It goes deeper and further than you could ever think or imagine. God’s riches and treasures are to be examined and meditated on and then applied for productive and continual increase. Don’t starve yourself spiritually. Seek God and stay fresh forever!
Verse to Memorize: Amos 8:11