Amos 5

Amos 5 has the prophet continuing to wail against Israel and talk of their impending judgment.  Amos prophecies that things will go very badly for Israel.  “The city that went out a thousand shall have a hundred left, and that which went out a hundred shall have ten left to the house of Israel”.  Ninety percent of the soldiers that go out to deal with the enemy will die.  It will be carnage in the streets.  Israel will have only a handful of warriors left after they do battle with the enemy. The defeat will be staggering.

Even though Israel has been sinning like there is no tomorrow, God still wants to restore them.  “Seek me and live….Seek the Lord and live”.  He offers multiple times to save His people if they will only seek Him. When Israel was ripe for judgment, the key to survival was to simply seek the Lord. However, we can’t seek the Lord unless we do not seek places of disobedience and willfulness.  When we put self ahead of God, we can’t seek Him.  We have to put God back where He belongs, on the throne of our life, if we are truly going to seek Him.

God makes clear what the problem is for His people.  He describes the cause of their pending judgment, the curse that they will incur, and the cure that can set them free from what is to come.  “I know how many are your transgressions and how great are your sins….Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you….Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate;  it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph”.

This isn’t rocket science – for God’s people then – or for us today.  Sin carries a price.  It will bring judgment.  We are all guilty as sinners – scripture is extremely clear about that and we know it too if we’re honest.  So we have a sin problem, just like the people of God did in Amos’ day.  If we don’t deal with it, we’ll stand in the face of judgment just like Israel did.  The same cure will work for us as God offered then to His people.  Confess (because God knows our sin), repent (seek good and not evil), and receive God’s gift of grace through Christ.  Amos didn’t have that last piece to offer the people in his day.  But God saw how lost we were and sent His Son to offer us redemption and restoration.  All we have to do is receive it.  Have you done that?  If not, why not today?

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