Greedy Merchants

Amos 8:4-7
Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.” The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.

These greedy merchants not only only believe in “but low and sell high” they also short the amount of wheat and raise the price per unit.
They were also impatient for the new moon festival at the beginning of each month and the sabbaths to be over so that they could sell their wheat.

God warmed that he will never forget their sins.
It is interesting that God said that he sworn by the pride of Jacob not Israel. Remember that that Jacob tricked his brother Esau into giving him the birthright of the firstborn. Then he decieves his father Isaac into giving him the blessing. (Genesis 25-27) it isn’t until years later when he has an encounter with God and Jacobs name is changed to Israel.(Genesis 32)

It should be a warning to the deceitful merchants that God hadn’t forgotten Jacobs  deceits after several hundred years.

Now don’t take this literally but it seems the attitude of some people that, if God didn’t strike them dead at the instant instant of their sin, then they “got away with it.”

He God) is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish. 2 Peter 3:9b. However it is clear in most of the prophetic books an and Jesus own teaching that’s that there WILL come an end to God’s patience and His my justice will be served and he he will not have forgotten any sin, not covered by the blood of Jesus.

Prayer
Lord, we repent of any sins of commission or omission. Help us to rectify any wrongs we had have done knowingly or unknowingly. We ask in Jesus name. Amen

All content (except quotations) ©2019 Thomas E. WilliamsOriginally published September 21, 2019

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