Amos 4 continues to list Israel’s crimes. Oppression of the poor was given as a sin again, as well as gloating about offerings. God had already tried to warn them and bring hunger and crop failure and war on them. However, they still refused to return to the Lord.
It’s interesting as it’s easy to think of God as petty and vengeful towards the Israelites. They slighted him and now he’s punishing them to the extreme. But there’s things we should remember:
- God deserves glory. He made the universe, he is all powerful, he is mighty and full of love. He deserves recognition.
- The Israelites were treated with special favour, which they have rejected.
- For God to be just, there needs to be a consequence for sin. Rejecting the one holy God is the biggest sin there is.
So in the light of these things, God is only seeking what is due to him and is only responding in the way a just, powerful God would.