The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Takoa – the vision he saw...
Trying to let go. Surrender full-on. Getting over the shouting back and shudder. “Limits, restriction, loss”. As if I done got material or otherwise, to squirm at this?
Not even that give-struggle in a relative, current, lap of lux – but the years the locusts have eaten inside. Turmoil’s been triumphant. Need to remind myself; Right intent and obedience for soldiering. Go quiet to those rampaging lies. “Hear the word of God” cry.
In Springtime when kings go out to war... Looks like finally...
Justice the cause / Flows from God / And we’re the tap
Judgement Amos-days was for grounds, a place – to receive mercy. Albeit in ancient times and harsh conditions, we might not easily assess. It reads extreme. Hard to relate? Does God speak like this today?
Appalled how communities fall into such brutal self-harm: God roars from Zion, inevitably causing pastures of the shepherds to dry up. God speaking into this. I will send... I will destroy.... God, compelled.
Although it was: Therefore... an enemy... who'd, overrun, (their) land.
God speaks, carries judgement. God’s presence judges. God cannot but. The enemy will come, unless we repent and stop.
When a small child runs into our presence: How this, can carry the tiniest glimmer of our standing among another, that instinctively, in self-reflection maybe has a sense of judgement?
Amos-Israel, people called and yet asked to be with God, offered the law, to enable escape from idolatry. For relationship. A teacher leading that world, and all law-followers, to Christ. To the Cross, and all that flowed. There’s was no other way. Hebrew scriptures show why. Even the disciples walking with Jesus didn’t get it. Not really. And then the Spirit came.
God would have to follow through any number of times and we’d all be destroyed. We’re made to turn and flow. This/us. Like a well with water, designed to be filled by God – to overflow, gush justice. For all.
Discipling those into God and further replication. Living in a family all about love. And justice. What abut J? Just-ways for the world? Is it all about Church, being socially active, benevolent outposts for all? How about the State or whatever it looks like? What should a Christian do/for?
Unremitting love-defeating-hate is all God. All that matters. Where’s the love in Amos-voicing God? Are these visions of a mysteriously distant, dis-passionate God? All viewed from a timeless and/or time-all-seen mode?
We read God’s in the highest - Glory, the word - other, but also with the lowest, despairing, most broken and destitute. Those most needing justice and oppressed.
It gets darkest closest to… midnight and then dawn. We're going dark. We had a window-not-to, about eight years ago but now the financial switch has been pushed.
One response and preparation, is to 'go dark'. To turn down the lights and somewhat acclimatise now.
A mish-mash of thoughts. Till tomorrow. God...
God have us still our hearts. And can you please help? In dogged defiance, at all that dares unsettle us about your claims. That we receive the best and if needs be, putting down seems-good but isn’t... and rubbish-ways that certainly aren't.
In Christ Jesus and the name that speaks the blood that bought and brings life.