Which houses are meant in Amos 3:15?

Last updated on April 27, 2021

In Amos 3:15 we read: “‘I will strike the winter house along with the summer house, and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall come to an end,’ declares the LORD.” This is a prophecy against the Israelites in the time of Amos, who was a prophet during the time that Israel was split into two kingdoms, one consisting of ten tribes with as capital Samaria, and one consisting of two tribes with as capital Jerusalem.

God’s judgement

In Amos 2:6-8, we read that God will punish the people of Samaria for three reasons: Because they oppress the poor; they live in sexual sin; and they despise the service of God. In Amos 3:15 we read a part of what God’s punishment will be. The beautiful houses of the rich people in Samaria will be destroyed.

The rich had winter houses in the city and summer houses in the country. Both will be destroyed, says the Lord. The very rich had houses that were decorated or inlaid with ivory. These houses, and therefore there wealth, will be destroyed. The great houses are the mansions of the very rich. They will be destroyed as well. The wealth of the rich was ill-gained. That brought God’s judgment upon them. So all their gold and silver will not help the inhabitants of Samaria to escape the wrath of God.

Honor God in your life

This verse in Amos is an earnest call to us to honor God in our lives. He hates sin, and one day we will be judged by Him about how we lived our lives. So let us flee our sins. And let us not seek the riches of this world, but seek the Lord.

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