Feasting with God #31
The Mountains Shall Drip Sweet Wine
Text: Amos 9:13-15
13“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when the plowman shall overtake the reaper
and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed;
the mountains shall drip sweet wine,
and all the hills shall flow with it.
14I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel,
and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine,
and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit.
15I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted
out of the land that I have given them,”
says the Lord your God.
The prophet Amos was a violent preacher of the Law, proclaiming the harsh judgments of God against the people of Israel and Judah for their idolatry and injustice. God says repeatedly throughout this little book: “I will send a fire upon” those who committed transgressions. With all this fire the mouths of readers quickly become parched.
And then comes this beautiful Gospel promise of restoration. Although fire may destroy the land and make it inhabitable, indeed killing all the inhabitants, there is a future time when this land will be bountiful to the point that “the plowman shall overtake the reaper”—the harvest will hardly have come in when the plowing and planting is begun again. After famine and war and thirst and mourning and captivity look at the abundant crop, and at the wealth of wine!
“The mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.” Just imagine that picture. All the thirst is quenched, and it won’t be just to give each person just enough, but the mountains shall drip; the hills shall flow; it will be so superabundant that we will just rest and enjoy it.
The prophet Amos was describing the situation for the literal nation of Israel, when they were attacked and taken captive by the Assyrian nation, and then when they were able to return to their homeland. But he was also describing a future time when destruction and judgment loomed for people, but then the sweet advent of the Savior brought about reprieve.
And we can also apply this to each soul: the threats of fire and destruction loom before us on account of our sins; we are the idolaters, the unjust, the trespassers, and we are already captive in the devil’s chains and bound for the fires of hell; but then the sweet Gospel comes and quenches our spiritual thirst, so that the blessings won by our Savior flow like wine over us, as his blood flowed from his pierced side on the cross.
Our own fortunes are restored, and our dwelling place is rebuilt, so we have mansions we may inhabit forever; as the Garden of Eden was taken away from us in the Fall, it is restored to us in Christ, and we are provided “vineyards” where we may “drink [our] wine,” “gardens” where we may “eat [our] fruit.” We are planted firmly in the promised land, and we will never be uprooted, because this is given to us by God.
Lord, we praise you for your blessed gifts, which we by no means deserved. We thank you that you sent your Son to suffer the wrath we earned, and to bleed his precious blood which is given to us as a refreshing wine. Bring us to our promised blessed home where our vineyards and gardens yield abundant fruit in your presence. Since you have promised us this, we ask it in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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