Fat Cows



When we read some of the Old Testament prophets, it’s not too hard to figure out why they were always so unpopular.  Amos here goes right after the powers that be of his time – “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!’”  Nothing tactful about that one, is there!!  Not just insulting the ruling class of the time, but making it personal, referring to the wives of the most powerful men, the 1% of their day, as “fat cows!”  This reminds me of James’ warning against ill-gotten gain, because these women had come into their wealth in a bad manner, oppressing the poor and crushing the needy.  And they are outrageous in their wealth, demanding that they be served their food and wine, sitting adding no value to the world just soaking it up.  I just say this as a contrast to Jesus, who declared – “For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.” Luke 22:27 ESV  

 “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. And you shall go out through the breaches, each one straight ahead; and you shall be cast out into Harmon.”  Interesting note here – within ten years, enemies would overtake this area and lead all the wealthiest people of Judea into captivity.  So these “fat cows” very soon after this would live the fulfillment of the prophecy given through Amos.  Seems like a good thing to me that we have not seen the fulfillment of prophesies that might apply to us without the chance to change or ways…

“Come to Bethel, and transgress; to Gilgal, and multiply transgression; bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days; 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.”  – quite the sarcasm from a prophet of God!! This, to me, sounds like so much of modern Christianity. we come every Sunday.  We give done offering out of our own personal overflow to claim our obedience.  We leave church on Sunday, and for about 6 days 22 hours we continue to multiply our transgressions, doing as we please, until we show up the next Sunday to make sure we show the world how Godly we are.  Again, good thing for us the fulfillment of prophesy has not been so immediate.


““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!’ 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. And you shall go out through the breaches, each one straight ahead; and you shall be cast out into Harmon,” declares the Lord. “Come to Bethel, and transgress; to Gilgal, and multiply transgression; bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days; 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.”

‭‭Amos‬ ‭4:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

 

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