Archive for March 14th, 2017

Amos 2

Amos 2 has the prophet talking about the sixth of the judgments against the Gentile nations as he addresses the nation of Moab.  He has now addressed those nations around those of His children – Judah and Israel – who have split the Promised Land into a north and south kingdom.  But God’s punishment doesn’t stop here.  He uses the same judgment to address His children, as they are just as guilty as the previous six nations that God has punished.  “For three transgressions of Judah, and for four….” – Judah has piled on sin after sin after sin and now will face the result of those choices.

We find it pretty easy and comfortable to talk about and rebuke the sins of those who aren’t proclaiming to follow God. That is what Amos did with the first six announcements of judgment, but just as Amos went on to look at sin among God’s people, we should do the same.  Here is what he says about the people of Judah: “I will not revoke the punishment, because  they have rejected the law of the Lord, and have not kept his statutes, but  their lies have led them astray, those after which their fathers walked”.  God had blessed His people throughout history with His law and commandments, but He expected them to honor and obey His word.  They were not, and because of that would face His wrath and punishment.

Israel is in the same boat.  “I will not revoke the punishment, because they sell the righteous for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals—those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth and turn aside the way of the afflicted…”.  Israel has the same problem as Judah and the six Gentile nations – they are guilty of sin.  Theirs is more of an abusive cruelty and sexual immorality – but it is still all about sin and making choices that were against God’s laws and commands.  These weren’t simple mistakes but rather violent and direct rebellion agains God’s Word.

As history states, God calls out the things that He has done for His people:

  •   it was I who destroyed the
  • I destroyed his
  • I who brought you up out of the land of Egypt 
  • I raised up some of your sons for prophets”

God has been faithful and blessed His people for generations.  Yet they turn and walk away from Him.  Our walk with God should be based on gratitude for what He has done for us.  Without Him, we are nothing.  God is dealing with rebellious children in both Judah and Israel.  But dealing with them He will, and they will have to accept the outcome of the choices they have made.  God will not tolerate sin.  There is a day of reckoning and Amos is the messenger that makes that clear for both the Gentile nations, as well as the children of God.

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