DIFFERENT STYLES FOR DIFFERENT PROPHETS…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 16]


What will it take to get your attention? How do you respond to troubles? How do you respond to trials? Is there anything that would cause you to turn from your own plans and your own ways? Is there anything that would draw your attention from your own desires? Is there anything that would stop you in your tracks and get you to turn back to God?  Today’s reading comes to us from Amos 4 and goes like this…
“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!’
2 The Lord God has sworn by his holiness
that, behold, the days are coming upon you,
when they shall take you away with hooks,
even the last of you with fishhooks.
3 And you shall go out through the breaches,
each one straight ahead;
and you shall be cast out into Harmon,”
declares the Lord.
4 “Come to Bethel, and transgress;
to Gilgal, and multiply transgression;
bring your sacrifices every morning,
your tithes every three days;
5 offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened,
and proclaim freewill offerings, publish them;
for so you love to do, O people of Israel!”
declares the Lord God.

Israel Has Not Returned to the Lord

6 “I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
and lack of bread in all your places,
yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
7 “I also withheld the rain from you
when there were yet three months to the harvest;
I would send rain on one city,
and send no rain on another city;
one field would have rain,
and the field on which it did not rain would wither;
8 so two or three cities would wander to another city
to drink water, and would not be satisfied;
yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
9 “I struck you with blight and mildew;
your many gardens and your vineyards,
your fig trees and your olive trees the locust devoured;
yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
10 “I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt;
I killed your young men with the sword,
and carried away your horses,
and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils;
yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
11 “I overthrew some of you,
as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
and you were as a brand plucked out of the burning;
yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
12 “Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;
because I will do this to you,
prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”
13 For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind,
and declares to man what is his thought,
who makes the morning darkness,
and treads on the heights of the earth—
the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name! — Amos 4
We each have free will and we all have to make the choice on our own. We all get to decide our direction and our destiny. Is there anything that would get your attention and get you to turn back to God? Is there anything that or anyway possible to get your attention and turn your heart back to God? Is there anything that would set you up to invite Jesus into your life and receive Him and be transformed? Would it be getting away from the normal? Would it be going to a quiet place? Would it be a bunch of “co-incidences”? Would it be a random invite to church? What might it be for you? Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy on the subject of Different styles for different prophets. We learn in today’s devotional how God’s prophets go beyond being recorders of God’s message but are also great speakers who use beautiful language to move the people, their audience. Today’s devotional teaches how Jewish interpreters argue that no two prophets prophesy in the same way. We learn how these interpreters claim that each prophet has a role to exercise in delivering and formatting the message given to them by God. We learn about the difference between Isaiah whose prophecy is rich with language and metaphors around city life, whereas, for Amos it is more rural imagery and is from a small town bordering the desert. We see this in today’s reading from Amos 4:1
‘ “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 4:1 
We see how it aligns to and fits with Amos’ background and profession. We see in the closing of today’s devotional how according to the Bible, prophets are not simply recorders of God’s message; they are great orators who move the people with their beautiful language. So what might it take to get your attention? Is there a certain delivery of God’s message of hope and love and grace? Is there a certain atmosphere or ambiance? Is there a certain relational aspect? What will it take for you to be introduced and receive Jesus in your life? Let’s pray…Be it a prayer of relationship with God…
Be it your daily prayer with God…
Be it a specific prayer from God’s Word like…
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Whatever or however you pray, it is all about having and building and living out your relationship with Jesus. So how will you start your today?
Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for all that is in it. I praise You Lord that in the midst of my struggles and challenges, You never left me nor abandon me. I praise You Lord because You made sure I knew You were there. Grant me wisdom Lord because I don’t know what is going on or why I am feeling this way about my situation. Grant me vision and discernment so that in and through it all I can be walking in alignment with You so that in and through it all, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.