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“May you and I be sensitive to God’s leading.” <>< Dona (12/16/20)

Please read Amos 4 through 6.  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 4

Wayward Israel.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the wealthy Israelite women were oppressing the poor and needy (v. 1).

Something to think about

These wealthy women were pushing their husbands to support their lavish lifestyles instead of helping the poor and needy. The Israelites worshipped idols instead of God (v. 4-5). The people were warned by God to return to Him.  He did this through famine (v. 6), drought (v. 7), blight and locusts (v. 9), plagues and war (v. 10). The Israelites were told to prepare to meet God (v. 12-13).  

Something to experience

We too need to be careful not to desire personal wealth over helping the poor and the needy. We need to stay alert to anything God is trying to say to us through situations in our life.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Amos 4:1 Listen to this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who tell their husbands, “Bring us drinks!”

Amos 4:4-5 “Go to Bethel, and sin; to Gilgal, and sin more.  Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days, offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim free will offerings and brag about them: for this pleases you, you children of Israel,” says the Sovereign Lord.

Amos 4:6 “I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread in every town; yet you haven’t returned to me,” says the Lord.

Amos 4:7 “I also have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest; and I caused it to rain on one city, and caused it not to rain on another city.  One field was rained on, and the field where it didn’t rain withered.”

Amos 4:9 “I struck you with blight and mildew many times in your gardens and your vineyards; and the swarming locusts have devoured your fig trees and your olive trees; yet you haven’t returned to me,” says the Lord.

Amos 4:10 “I sent plagues among you like I did Egypt.  I have slain your young men with the sword, and have carried away your horses; and I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camp, yet you haven’t returned to me,” says the Lord.

Amos 4:12 “Therefore thus I will do to you, Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, Israel.  13 For, behold, He who forms the mountains, and creates the wind, and declares to man what is His thought; who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the high places of the earth: The Lord God Almighty is His name.”

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Theme Amos 5

Lament and Repent.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Amos sang a lament over Israel even before her fall (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

Israel was going to fall because of her sin.  The remedy for a world that is dying in sin is to seek the Lord and live (v. 4). Even Israel’s legal system had become places of injustice and unrighteousness (v. 7). Truth was being despised by the courts (v. 10).  Israel’s offenses were many and her sins were great (v. 12). The Israelites were told by the Lord to seek good and not do evil so that they might live (v. 14).  They were told to maintain justice in the courts so perhaps the Lord would show mercy to the remnant of Joseph (v. 15).

Something to experience

We should seek the Lord too.  Hope is found in seeking God.  Our nation right now needs to seek justice and righteousness in our legal system (v. 24).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Amos 5:1-2 1 Listen to this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel.  “The virgin of Israel has fallen; She shall rise no more.  She is cast down on her land; there is no one to raise her up.”

Amos 5:4 For the Lord says to the house of Israel: “Seek Me, and you will live;”

Amos 5:7 “You who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth:”

Amos 5:10 “They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks blamelessly.”

Amos 5:12 “For I know how many are your offenses, and how great are your sins – you who afflict the just, who take a bribe, and who turn away the needy in the courts.”

Amos 5:14 “Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord God Almighty will be with you, as you say.”

Amos 5:15 “Hate evil, love good, and establish justice in the courts.  It may be that the Lord God Almighty will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.”

Amos 5:24 But let justice roll on like rivers, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

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Theme Amos 6

Complacent living.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the Israelites believed they were secure (v. 1). 

Something to think about

Perhaps because of their great wealth and comfortable lifestyle the Israelites believed they didn’t need God.

Something to experience

We need to learn to put the needs of others ahead of our wants.  When we use what we have to help others we’re guarding ourselves against greed and pride (v. 8).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Amos 6:1 “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who are secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come!”

Amos 6:8 “The Sovereign Lord has sworn by Himself,” says the Lord God Almighty, “I abhor the pride of Jacob, and detest his fortresses.  Therefore, I will deliver up the city with all that is in it.”


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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will stay alert to anything You are trying to say to us through situations in our life (Amos 4). Lord, I pray we will seek You for hope is found in You alone.  Lord, I pray our nation will seek justice and righteousness in our legal system (Amos 6:24). Lord, I pray we will learn to put the needs of others ahead of our wants so we can stay far from greed and pride (Amos 6:8). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I stay generous and humble.” <>< Dona