“Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.” (KJV)
“Behold, I will press you down in your place,
as a cart full of sheaves presses down. (ESV)
As I read commentaries on Amos 1-2, I stumbled on Charles Spurgeon’s sermon, “The Loaded Waggon” He was using the KJV version of the Bible and had this interesting analogy for us:
What a picture is a waggon loaded with corn of you and of me, as loaded with God’s mercies! From our cradle up till now, every day has added a sheaf of blessing What could the Lord do for us more than he has done? He has daily loaded us with benefits. Let us adore his goodness, and yield him our cheerful gratitude.
But then he goes back to to the verse, and tells us the bad news, that our SIN is loading the cart down!
Alas! that such a sign should be capable of another reading. Alas! that while God loadeth us with mercy, we should load him with sin. While he continually heapeth on sheaf after sheaf of favour we also add iniquity unto iniquity, till the weight of our sin becomes intolerable to the Most High, and he cries out by reason of the burden, saying, “I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.”
It is to be understood before we proceed farther, that our text is only a figure, since God cannot actually be oppressed by man; all the sin that man may commit can never disturb the serenity of the divine perfection, nor cause so much as a wave upon his everlasting calm. He doth but speak to us after the manner of man, and bring down the sublimities and mysteries of heaven to the feebleness and ignorance of earth. He speaketh to us as a great father may talk to his little child. Just as a cart has the axles bent, and as the wheels creak under the excessive load, so the Lord says that under the load of human guilt he is pressed down, until he crieth out, because he can bear no longer the iniquity of those that offend against him….
These words would have deep meaning if put into the lips of Jesus—”I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.” Here stood the great problem. God must punish sin, and yet he desired to have mercy. How could it be? Lo! Jesus comes to be the substitute for all who trust him. The load of guilt is laid upon his shoulders. See how they pile on him the sheaves of human sin!
“The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Spurgeon doesn’t stop there. He says that God will only bear the load of our sin for a little while; and then, if we are not in Christ, THAT SAME LOAD WILL CRUSH US FOR EVER.
My text is translated by many learned men in a different way from the version before us. According to them it should be read, “I will press you as a cart that is full of sheaves presseth your place.” That is, just as a heavy loaded waggon pressed into the soft eastern roads and left deep furrows, so will I crush you, saith God, beneath the load of your sin. This is to be your doom, my hearer, if you are out of Christ: your own deeds are to press upon you. Need we enlarge upon this terror? I think not. It only needs that you should make a personal application of the threatening!
Behold, take notice….unless you are IN Christ, you will be road kill….flattened in the road like an animal run over by a loaded cart.