Amos 8:2, 4-6, 8, 12-13
“What do you see, Amos?” he asked.“A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered. Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.
Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land,
saying, “When will the New Moon be overthat we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?”—skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales,
buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.
“Will not the land tremble for this, and all who live in it mourn? The whole land will rise like the Nile; it will be stirred up and then sink like the river of Egypt.
People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.
“In that day“the lovely young women and strong young men will faint because of thirst.
Amos 8 is very telling of our nation these days…the poor & the needy…lovely young ladies & strong young men…searching for the word of the Lord, but never finding it. No one can remove from existence that which God has planted in this world for a reason that only he knows!
We need the poor and needy in the world for God’s will & plans to be realized. No matter how hard you try, you cannot legislate them away!
Matthew 26:11 “The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.”
Mark 14:7 “The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.”
John 12:8 “You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”