Amos 8

Amos 8 has God speaking to Amos about the end of His people.  God shows Amos a basket of summer fruit.  Seems a bit strange as a vision of destruction.  But this was fruit that was ripe would not keep long. Just as the time is short for summer fruit, so the time is short for Israel.  And that end is going to be really severe.  “The end has come upon my people Israel….So many dead bodies”!  Ripe fruit is close to being thrown out, and a similar judgment will come upon “rotten” Israel.

God reminds us of the reality of sin.  “I will never forget any of their deeds”.  This reminds us that time can never erase sin.  Just waiting for the judgment related to sin to go away will never work. We often feel that if we or if others forget the sins of our youth, or even from yesterday, then God must forget about them also. But that is not the case. Only the atoning work of Jesus can cover sin, not time. Scripture is clear that sin must be paid for – there is a cost, and for us today, it is only the blood of Christ that can set us free.

God can do unbelievable things to make His point.  “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight”. History shows there were two full eclipses during Amos’ lifetime.  God has the power and ability to do whatever He wishes.  He is serious about sin.  He sends a message that He means business.  We cannot ignore the reality of sin in our lives.  If we do, we will face judgment and spend eternity apart from God.  He sent Jesus to keep the Son shining in our lives.

God reveals the truth that His Word is the only thing that will keep us on the path to life.  “They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord,  but they shall not find it”.  Without God’s direction, we’ll wander aimlessly and be lost.  God has given us the source of life.  Since it is true that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, then it is true that a famine of hearing God’s Word is ultimately worse than a famine of bread.  We need God’s Word in our life!

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  1. Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog.


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