Blank words stuck Under my tongue Inside the gum I chew and meditate The words. Regurgitate. I taste too late Guilt aftertaste Harsh reprobate she’s spoken in my name I knew better It didn’t matter My words had scattered From the top-down tower They didn’t bow Or Blink or bother The father or His Breath Betrayed My lord, my hope, my brother I speak: myself, another You hear His rooster cry Flame and fire Cannot refine the words I search to find They’re mine They’re fine Untruth. They’re named for fire But His words From above Like a dove A flame All I taste is fire A liar Inspire It burns Tequila midnight Asleep To speak I don't know how to light it but I can feel it burning It’s nothing new Under the sun Under my tongue But my words sound stupid Muted, not reduced Compared to Amos Infamous Prophet Compelled To poorly say His life-restoring Breath of ashes
The prophetic, poetic, Word of the Lord. Spoken Truths which are veiled and hidden. God says, “Go and say to this people: Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing but do not perceive.” And so, even as God’s mouthpiece servant speaks the Word given, the prophet knows it will be ignored.
on the Words that God first gave to us. Meditate on the Truth that has made any of our words mean anything…
READ Isaiah 1:2-15
READ Amos 3:7-8, 8:11-12
READ Habakkuk 2:1-4
READ Matthew 17:1-8
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I would look back to the specific and terrible call of the prophets:
And (God) said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
Then (Isaiah) said, “How long, O Lord?” And (God) said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the LORD removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose STUMP REMAINS when it is felled.” The HOLY SEED is its stump.
It is the Christ Story over and over. Caused by sin? Yes. Caused by God? Yes. Answered by the holy seed, JESUS. Yes.
So, is it possible for this famine, as in Amos chapter 8, to be caused by the people themselves?
It doesn't say that there is no Word of the Lord, but no -hearing- of the words of the Lord?
Here we are, surrounded by opportunities to crack open a Bible, probably having at least several in each of our households, headed to Google some wisdom?