RE Verse reading–Amos 1-2 (day five) “For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not turn back my WRATH” (vs 6, chapter 2) For those of us schooled on John 3:16, it is a strange word. Not as rare as we may think, but unfamiliar none the less. Wrath translates the Hebrew word pequddah which means “visitation”. It speaks of the day when God comes for a painful, corrective reckoning. Amos is very aware of this gathering wrath. He declares God’s hatred for things that DESTROY. Cruelty in war (1:3) Broken promises of brotherhood (1:9) Injustice to the poor (2:7) He also declares God’s hatred for things that DISTRACT. “I hate your religious feasts. . .away with the noise of your songs, but let justice roll down like a river and righteousness like a never-failing stream.” (5:21-24, next week’s lesson) With a clear vision for the potential of the human race, God rightfully hates the things that destroy or distract us from His high holy purpose.