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I am forever amazed at the sheer simplicity of God’s sense of justice. His bottom line is always about unity. Unity with man, our unity with Him, and our unity with others – even the oppressor and the oppressed.

There are a lot of people out there that are offended when I tell them that when you read scripture, and witness life with God, you will quickly conclude that God does allow sinful or painful events to transpire in order to allow you or others to attain the Truth. God often uses a “means to an end” in order to utilize the damaging effects of sin to show us the value of doing things His way.

This observation has come from several places over the years, some through personal experiences and revelation, but most often through scripture. In the end, I have always witnessed with astonishment, the methods and effort God will go to so that we can relate in love to each other as human beings. In the end, much of God’s justice simply has to do with elevating the humble by bringing the proud down to their level. It’s all about perspective. When the strength of the humble is truly made known, often, one-time oppressors see just how wrong they were to oppress such a people in the first place. What often results, when God is involved, is a mutual respect and an understanding that “status” – the relenting caste system of civilization – is one of the most deadly forms of social poison known to man.

Kir of Moab (in modern day Jordan)

The Fortress of Kir, Moab

Amos 1:4-5, is a prime example of this. The history that God is foretelling through Amos, is a warning that if the Arameans (Syrians), don’t stop oppressing Israel, then God will give them a taste of their own medicine by allowing the Assyrians to drag them off as POW’s. Unfortunately, as we know historically, the Arameans did not take God’s warning to heart, and sure enough, they were humbled by being carted off like fish in a barrel to Kir, a massive fortress located in modern day Jordan. Interestingly, the name Kir comes from a root phrase in Hebrew that means, “a place of containment, for the joy of your oppressors in victimizing their captured”. Talk about the writing literally being on the wall, or in this case, fortress.