PODCAST: The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #493: Amos 8:9-10 with Daniel Whyte III

This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #493, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Henry Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Amos 8:9-10.

9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord God, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:

10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

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That was Amos 8:9-10. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

That day of punishment would be a day of darkness, for the sovereign Lord would bring about eclipses; the sun would go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. Eclipses in 784 b.c. and 763 b.c. would have enabled Amos’ hearers to imagine the eerie fear and panic of such a time. Then in the midst of earthquake and darkness the avenging Lord would begin His decimation of the people. The sword of their God would bring unprecedented grief on the land as He turned their feasts into funerals, and all their glad singing into weeping laments. The loss of life would be so widespread that every family would grieve and every home would observe the rites of mourning. God would cause all of them to wear sackcloth (a coarsely woven material, generally made of goats’ hair) against their bodies and shave their heads as a sign of sorrow. The intensity of their grief would be like the most tragic mourning of all—the mourning for an only son, whose death ended every hope for a family’s future. The end of that day would not be the end of their grief. Instead, its culmination would usher in another bitter day—the mourners’ own “bitter day” of death. After a day of mourning for others, the mourners themselves would die.