Amos 7:12, 13 “And Amaziah said to Amos, ‘O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there, but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.’”
Amaziah was the priest of Bethel and felt threatened by Amos and his words against Israel. He especially didn’t like Amos’ words against the high places and sanctuaries of Israel like Bethel. Amaziah reported Amos and his message of doom to the king, Jeroboam. Amaziah’s biggest mistake was thinking he could control a voice of God. It is dangerous to mistake the messenger with the message. People still do that today. They rail against Christians for warning them of what God has said.
Banishing Amos from Israel might have ended his voice but the words of God already spoken could not so easily be removed. I have heard of people marking through things in the Bible they disagreed with as if that could change the outcome. I even heard of a lady who used scissors and cut one commandment from every place it was mentioned in her Bible. Closing your eyes and stopping your ears will not change the certainty of God’s inspired word. Amos was banished and others were imprisoned, crucified, or burned at the stake. All received God’s blessings and those who tried to silence them will pay a terrible penalty.
Task for Today: You may not agree with God but you can’t change Him or His will. You are made in the image of God not the other way around. Today, rely on the word of God and not your own understanding. You can banish God from your life but not from judgment. Amaziah was a fool. Don’t make his mistake.