March 14, 2003

Bad Leaders

The Cynic Will Exact Vengeance Upon: Bad Leaders

Here's a passage in Amos that I just remembered as I was about to go to bed. Seems to speak pretty clearly about Shem's predicament...

Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel: "Amos is raising a comspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words. For this is what Amos is saying:

"'Jereboam will die by the sword
and Israel will surely go into exile,
away from their native land.'"

Then Amaziah said to Amos, "Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there. Don't prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king's sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom."

Amos answered Amaziah, "I was neither a prophet nor a prophet's son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.' Now then, hear the word of the Lord. You say,
"'Do not prophesy against Israel,
and stop preaching against the house of Isaac.'

Therefore this is what the Lord says:

'Your wife will become a prostitute in the city,
and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword.
Your land will be measured and divided up,
and you yourself will die in a pagan country.
And Israel will certainly go into exile,
away from their native land'"

Amos 7:10-17 (NIV)

Posted by Vengeful Cynic at March 14, 2003 06:01 AM