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“May you and I do what God has called us to do.” <>< Dona 12/15/20

Please read Amos 1 through 3.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Theme Amos 1

Pronouncement of judgment begins.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You used Amos, a shepherd, to deliver Your message (v. 1).

Something to think about

No matter his secular job, Amos, was called by God to do a vital work.  Amos announced God’s judgment concerning Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, and Ammon (v. 3, 6, 9, 11, 13). Each nation had resisted following God.   

Something to experience

Though our secular job may seem unspiritual, if we’re doing what God has called us to do, we’re as vital as Amos was. We should be careful that we don’t allow a sinful practice to become a way of life.  When we recognize a behavior is sinful we should immediately repent and return to following God.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Amos 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. 

Amos 1:3 The Lord says: “For three transgressions of Damascus, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment;  because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron;”

Amos 1:6 The Lord says: “For three transgressions of Gaza, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they carried away captive the whole community, to deliver them up to Edom;”

Amos 1:9 The Lord says: “For three transgressions of Tyre, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they delivered up the whole community to Edom, and didn’t remember the brotherly covenant;”

Amos 1:11 The Lord says: “For three transgressions of Edom, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because he pursued his brother with the sword, and cast off all pity, and his anger raged continually, and he kept his wrath forever;”

Amos 1:13 The Lord says: “For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they have ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead, that they may enlarge their border.”

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Theme Amos 2

Pronouncement of judgment continues.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Amos continued to announce Your judgment.

Something to think about

Moab and even Judah and Israel were going to be judged (v. 1, 4, 6).  Judah and Israel ignored God’s law, and mistreated and took advantage of the poor and needy among them (v. 7-8).  Whereas the other nations who were going to be judged were mostly ignorant of God’s law but nevertheless did evil that had to be punished.

Something to experience

We need to help the poor and needy and live faithfully before our God.  We need to recognize that God fears no one, but one day all people will fear Him (v. 13-16).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Amos 2:1 The Lord says: “For three transgressions of Moab, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime;”

Amos 2:4 The Lord says: “For three transgressions of Judah, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they have rejected the Lord’s law, and have not kept His statutes, and their lies have led them astray, after which their fathers walked;”

Amos 2:6 The Lord says: “For three transgressions of Israel, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they have sold the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals;”

Amos 2:7-8 “They trample on the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and deny justice to the oppressed; and a man and his father use the same maiden, to profane My holy name; and they lay themselves down beside every altar on clothes taken in pledge; and in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined.”

Amos 2:13-16 13 “Behold, I will crush you in your place, as a cart crushes that is full of grain.  14 Flight will perish from the swift; and the strong won’t strengthen his force; neither shall the mighty deliver himself; 15 neither shall he stand who handles the bow; and he who is swift of foot won’t escape; neither shall he who rides the horse deliver himself; 16 and he who is courageous among the mighty will flee away naked on that day,” says the Lord.

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Theme Amos 3

Judgment explained.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Israel was chosen by You to be Your people yet they chose to sin against You (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

God is merciful, so He sent prophets to warn His people of the punishment to come (v. 7). Israel was no longer doing what was right in God’s eyes (v. 10).  God was going to destroy the altars of Bethel and the horns of the altar (v. 14).

Something to experience

We too can know God’s plans through His Word. We too need to quickly deal with any sin in our lives before our time runs out. 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Amos 3:1-2 1 Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt, saying: “I have only chosen you of all the families of the earth.  Therefore I will punish you for all of your sins.”

Amos 3:7 Surely the Sovereign Lord will do nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

Amos 3:10 “Indeed they don’t know to do right,” says the Lord, “Who hoard plunder and loot in their palaces.”

Amos 3:14 “For in the day that I visit the transgressions of Israel on him, I will also visit the altars of Bethel; and the horns of the altar will be cut off, and fall to the ground.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will seek to do Your will. I pray we will not allow sinful practices to become a way of life but will instead quickly repent and return to following You (Amos 1). Lord I pray we will help the poor and needy among us.  I pray we will live faithfully before You.  I pray we will stand in awe of You (Amos 2:13-16). Lord, I pray we will seek to know Your Word.  I pray we will quickly deal with any sin in our life as soon as we are aware of it (Amos 3).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I quickly repent when we realize we’ve sinned.” <>< Dona