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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Cows and Pampered Women (Amos 4:1)

"Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria,
you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy
and say to your husbands, "Bring us some drinks!"

Cows. Not a very flattering picture of Israel's women. It seems that certain women of Israel live for merriment and pampering; they view their husbands as the source of maintaining their narcissistic lifestyle. Their expensive tastes put pressure on their husbands to get what they demand even if it means taking advantage of others, especially the poor and the needy.

I wonder how much pressure men feel to maintain a certain lifestyle for families, especially for their wives. The pressure some women put on their husbands to buy bigger houses, luxury cars, and expensive clothing is actually pressure to obtain those very things unrighteously.

Twice in Amos (2:6; 8:6) Israel is accused of obtaining a pair of sandals at the expense of other people, "They sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals" (Amos 2:6; 8:6).

Sadly, these women are never satisfied with their expensive purchases, because they've looked for meaning in things. Outward treasures never bring inward peace. Those who seek acceptance by the bags they own, the shoes they wear, and the money they spend live in a whirlwind of their own making; their state of the art stuff never touches the state of the heart. All the pampering in the world will not change the heart of a woman or a child of God.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Amos 2:1-6:14
  • What is the root cause of Judah's judgment?
  • List the activities (fruit) that identify Israel's departure from the LORD.
  • What role do the prophets have in Israel?
  • Identify the strongholds and fortresses that Israel has constructed in place of the LORD.
  • List the five things God does to 'get the attention' of Israel.
  • What does the LORD promise to those who seek Him?
  • Describe the judicial system in Israel at this time.
  • How does the LORD respond to Israel's religious activities?
Turning truth into prayer
Ask the LORD to show you where you may be putting pressure on your husband to meet your needs. Ask Him as well to give you a heart of contentment that will be free from the competition of keeping up appearances. Confess to Him the wrong desires that have caused you to express discontent with your husband's provision.