RE Verse reading–Amos 4:1-5, 5:1-24 (day two) “You will be taken away with hooks, and the last of you with fishhooks” (4:2) Unacceptable language for polite society! Outrageous! What possible purpose could Amos have had for using such graphically violent words? You mean, except that they were true? Amos didn’t apologize. He knew that sometimes we avoid feeling fear to our own harm. We forget that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proversb 9:10) Following the wisdom of man, we avoid thoughts of a Holy God or His promised judgement and forfeit the corrective strength that it provides. Never entertaining such possibilites, we fail to heed the wisdom to “test yourself, to see if you are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5) Until we know the great danger can we ever appreciate our great salvation? Admitting that “God has not given us a spirit of timidity” (2 Timothy 1:7), Amos still believes that fear is not something that we should be afraid of.