Lack of rain (Am 4:7-4:8)

“‘I also withheld

The rain

From you,

When there were

Still three months

To the harvest.

I would send rain

On one city.

But I would send no rain

On another city.

One field would be rained on,

While the field

On which it did not rain

Withered.

Two

Or three towns

Wandered to one town

To drink water.

However,

They were not satisfied.

Yet you did not

Return to me.’

Says Yahweh.”

Amos has another oracle of Yahweh that indicated the lack of rain. Yahweh did not give any rain for 3 months prior to the harvest. He would send rain to one city, but not to another city. One field would have rain, but the field next to it would not have any rain. Thus, the arid field would wither and die. A couple of towns would go to another town to get water to drink, but they were not satisfied. Despite all this lack of rain, the people of the northern kingdom of Israel did not return to Yahweh.

The three kings lack water (2 Kings 3:9-3:10)

“So the king of Israel, the king of Judah, and the king of Edom set out. When they had made a roundabout march of seven days, there was no water for the army or for the animals that were with them. Then the king of Israel said. ‘Alas! Yahweh has summoned us, three kings, only to be handed over to Moab.’”

The kings of Judah and Israel were joined by the king of Edom since they had to go through Edom to attack Moab. The king of Edom was subservient to the king of Judah anyway. However, after 7 days they lacked water for themselves, their troops, and their animals. Now the king of Israel was the most pessimistic. He felt that Yahweh had summoned them to be slaughtered by the Moabites.