This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #491, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Henry Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.
Today we are reading Amos 8:4-6.
4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,
5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?
6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
That was Amos 8:4-6. Now here is the sense of it.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
The two results of God’s judgment—human grief and divine silence—are described more fully in verses 4–14. Because of their greed and dishonest practices, God would cause an unprecedented mourning in the land. Israel’s businessmen singlemindedly pursued a profit, and did not care that they were trampling the needy and doing away with the poor of the land. Preoccupied with making money, the businessmen begrudged the interruptions caused by the monthly feast of the New Moon and the weekly observance of the Sabbath. They impatiently fidgeted till these days of rest and worship were over so that they could resume their aggressive dealings. They cunningly found ways to add to their profits—skimping the standard measure so that customers got less than they paid for, boosting the price by substituting heavier shekel-weights so that customers were overcharged, and cheating with dishonest scales by tampering with the cross beam of the balances. Not content with these covenant violations, they compounded their sin by deceptively selling an inferior product—the sweepings of soiled and trampled grain mixed and packaged with the clean pure wheat. They cared nothing about human suffering or the inability of the poor to pay their prices. Instead, they forced the needy into slavery in exchange for insignificant sums.
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