From: Drew Alexander
“Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the surface of the ground, except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,” declares the Lord.
For behold, I will command, and shake the house of Israel among all the nations as one shakes with a sieve, but no pebble shall fall to the earth." (Amos 9.8-9)
We've seen God show Amos visions of punishment and destruction as consequences of the injustice and false worship of the people, but God's final image is one of mercy an estoration. Though the sinful kingdom will be destroyed, he faithful of the house of Jacob will be preserved. And in our gospel reading for today we se part of Jesus's role in that work: "For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind" (John 9.39). Jesus notes that it is the Pharisees who claim to see, though they fail to see who he is, just ike thos in Amos ho istakenly thought they could see that "disaster shall not overtake or meet us" (Amos 9.10).
I often think I'm seeing and understanding more clearly than I really am, no matter whether the object of that sight is myself—my work, my family, my faith—or something else. And I fail, often, like those in the book of Amos, to see the extent of my own unjust practices, and my own false worship—let alone my neglect of the kind of exhortations related in our Psalm for the day. But I'm thankful for a God who gives sight, and who promises to save his people, as we're reminded in our Lenten Collect:
"Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Make in us new and contrite hearts so that, lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, we may receive from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
I am a teacher and student, and I live in Brighton with my wife, Hannah.