(March 30, 2015)
As I read these chapters today, I was struck by the similarities between Amos and Abinidi. The ability to deliver their message in spite of the threats against them seems to be a prophetic trait, and one worthy of emulation. On the one hand, it appears to be a challenge to have that sort of bravery in the face of opposition. But on the other hand, it seems only natural that someone with the outright knowledge of God would be able to stand up for that knowledge against all opposition. After all, it isn’t difficult for me to stand up and say the Earth is round (even if someone disagrees).
I think that many times what we incorrectly ascribe to a lack of courage ultimately boils down to a lack of faith and testimony.