An illustration of a bas-relief showing prisoners of war bound together. In the Ramesseum. From Champollion.
Watch the power in one Hebrew word—Galah: “to reveal.” It literally means, “to uncover,” “to remove.” The Hebrew Scriptures often use this word for exposing the nakedness of someone, or to strip something bare. It is also the word used to take people into captivity, making them naked to their enemies. The protective covering of the homeland is wrenched away. Of the ten times that Amos uses the word, all have this meaning, except the meaning of “reveal” in the verse for the day.
The strong sense of action in the word galah suggests the power that comes upon the prophet as he experiences the naked word of God exposed to him. The early 8th century B.C. thundering voice of Amos also becomes a written word; Amos will lead the way in making prophecy a literary form.
What unique word is the Lord uncovering for you today?
You revealing Your secrets 3:7
You rescue as my Shepherd 3:12
Bringing relief to the poor 4:1
Returning to You, O Lord 4:6
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