by: Judy Ledene
“Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, “When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain?” (8:4-5). Sacrifices and Temple worship had become empty in Jerusalem – something to “get over” so that the people could go back to making money, exploiting the poor for profit, and doing what was important to them. After many warnings, the Lord decided to bring judgment on them through the Babylonians, but not complete destruction.
“They shall rebuild the ruined cities” (9:14). God did not abandon Israel. When we repent, God is quick to forgive; His desire is to heal, restore, and rebuild our sin-damaged lives.