Amos 8:1–5 (NKJV)

8:1 Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit. And He said, “Amos, what do you see?”  So I said, “A basket of summer fruit.”  Then the Lord said to me:  “The end has come upon My people Israel;  I will not pass by them anymore.

This unusual start to Amos’ fourth vision refers to a basket of summer fruit.  The fruit is not so much the focus, though, as the Hebrew word for summer fruit.  In the Hebrew, the word is a synonym for “end.”  Therefore, the fruit represents the end of Israel that is coming due to their sin.  Summer fruit is also another way to describe ripe fruit, which also suggests that God’s people are ripe for judgment.

3 And the songs of the temple shall be wailing in that day,” says the Lord God—“Many dead bodies everywhere, they shall be thrown out in silence.”

4 Hear this, you who swallow up the needy, and make the poor of the land fail,

Saying:  “When will the New Moon be past, that we may sell grain?  And the Sabbath, that we may trade wheat?  Making the ephah small and the shekel large, falsifying the scales by deceit,

The destruction of Israel will not be complete, but life as they know it will end.  The songs of rejoicing will change to wailing and mourning.  Death will come, and the poor will be oppressed.  Dishonest merchants will take advantage of others.  This judgement on Israel shows them how life may be without the protection and guidance of the Lord.  Don’t push God away so long that you cannot find Him.  Repentance and restoration will come if you pray, but God help you as you walk the road without Him for a time!

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