October 4th 2014
Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more. (Amos 8:1-2 KJV)
Do you have spiritual fruit blossoming?
In the Old Testament times God used many ways to get the attention of His prophets including visions, dreams, appearances of the Angel of the Lord, and visits by Gabriel and Michael. God got Amos’s attention through a dream including a vision containing a basket of summer fruit. God often employs common or ordinary things in life to expound upon many facets of His spiritual workings in life and within events that surround us.
This bowl of fruit was a common thing found in biblical times and also today. To many of us a bowl of fruit would mean nothing extraordinary in light of God, His Word, or events in biblical times. Amos did not first seem to see anything supernatural or extra spectacular about this bowl of fruit as he answered God accordingly in an unmoved fashion; but God’s holy vision is pronounced; different than man’s finite view of things this side of heaven. God, peering through His infinite holy lens can see a bowl of fruit in season fresh and ripe; ready for enjoyment; but He could also recognize this fruit with the passing of time.
The vision of the future was not available in the limited humanness of Amos just as you and I are not able to see the future either. This is why we must trust in God’s supernatural ability to see and know the past, present, and the future as He is consistent; never changing throughout time.
This basket of fruit in the context of this scripture represents the Jewish people of Israel. God painted a picture of them for Amos as fresh fruit; ripe and ready, but God knew soon they would begin to spoil, quickly becoming rancid and perish. God knew their time was limited and their spiritual clock was ticking away and their destruction was imminent and upon them.
Placing this Old Testament teaching into spiritual perspective for today; do you know God sees mankind as fresh and ready in season and ripe for the gospel message to soak into their mind and heart affecting everything about their actions? Without obedient action hearts begin to harden and calcify and ears tune out the gospel message and lives spoil and break down; changing from fresh and in season to spoiled with the passing of time.