Between the Lines: Pentecost 7: July 15, 2012

Text: Amos 7:7-15

what are word for?

…not able to bear all his words.
(Photo credit: Darwin Bell)

Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words.”

I am struck by the words: the land is not able to bear all his words.  During a race for the highest office in our country, it seems that every candidate attempts to speak with a prophetic voice and “see” what has been and what lies ahead.  As you recall what has happened thus far in the race for the presidency, where, when, how and why have you found yourself “not able to bear all his/her words?  What, if anything, have you done outwardly and inwardly as a reaction or in response?

– Caren Goldman

“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. BibleWorkbench includes a series of open-ended questions focused on a reading in the Common Lectionary aimed at drawing readers into the story and making connections with the world around them and the world within. Also included are “Between the Lines” reflections, Parallel Readings from literature, poetry, and the news, and Critical Background on the text and its setting. For details and subscription information, go to

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