This is the final chapter of the book of Amos. Reading this book has been the first time that I’ve delved into this prophet at all, and I’m finding myself interested in adding books on all of the minor prophets to my never-ending, every-growing reading list. I know so much research has been done on all of them, and I’m just scratching the surface. For this chapter, I want to focus on the last verse of Amos. “And I will plant them on their land, and they shall no longer be uprooted from upon their land, that I have given them, said the Lord your God (Amos 9:15).” What I love about this particular verse is that it makes me think about roots, and connections that run beneath the surface. So many of the anti-Israel conversations that are happening today stem from a questioning of the intrinsic link between the Jewish people and the land of Israel. But reading these texts drives home for me just how deep the ties go, and how intentional it is that this is the piece of land that we as a people have staked our futures on. We are bound together, and reading our history through Tanakh is both eye-opening and affirming.
509 chapters down, 402 to go!