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“May you and I seek to please the Lord with our thoughts, words and deeds.” <>< Dona (12/17/20)

Please read Amos 7 through 9.  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 7

Judgment visions from God.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You responded to Amos’ prayers (v. 2-3, 4-6).  

Something to think about

Amos prayed for his nation and God relented. Then God showed Amos a plumbline to reveal the crookedness (sinfulness) of Israel’s behavior.  Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to King Jeroboam of Israel accusing Amos of conspiracy (v. 10). Perhaps the priest was concerned about his position being negatively affected. 

Something to experience

God’s Word is a plumb line that can reveal our sin (v. 7-9). Don’t let anything keep you from being where God wants you and being who God wants you to be (v. 14-15).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Amos 7:2-3 When they (the locusts) finished eating the grass of the land, then I (Amos) said, “Sovereign Lord, forgive, I beg You! How could Jacob stand? For he is small.” The Lord relented concerning this. “It shall not be,” says the Lord.

Amos 7:4-6 Thus the Sovereign Lord showed me (Amos) and behold, the Sovereign Lord called for judgment by fire; and it dried up the great deep, and would have devoured the land. Then I said, “Sovereign Lord, stop, I beg You! How could Jacob stand? For he is small.”  The Lord relented concerning this. “This also shall not be,” says the Sovereign Lord.

Amos 7:7-9 Thus He showed me and behold, the Lord stood beside a wall made by a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. The Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”  I said, “A plumb line.”  Then the Lord said, “Behold, I will set a plumb line in the middle of My people Israel. I will not again pass by them any more. The high places of Isaac will be desolate, the sanctuaries of Israel will be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”

Amos 7:10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the middle of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words.” 

Amos 7:14-15 14 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was a herdsman, and a farmer of sycamore figs; 15 and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’” 

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Theme Amos 8

The Lord would no longer spare Israel.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the people were more interested in making money than worshipping You (v. 4-5). 

Something to think about

The merchants couldn’t wait for the holy days and Sabbaths to be over so they could get back to making money (v. 4-5).  God said He would send them a famine concerning His Word. The people would search for God’s Word but not find it (v. 11-12).

Something to experience

Do you take a day each week to rest and worship God?  Is your heart in your worship? We have the privilege of God’s Word being available to us. So I encourage you to use it before you lose it.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Amos 8:4-5 “Hear this, you who desire to swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to fail, Saying, ‘When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell grain?  And the Sabbath, that we may market wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel large, and dealing falsely with balances of deceit;”

Amos 8:11-12 11 “Behold, the days come,” says the Sovereign Lord, “that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Lord’s words.  12 They will wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they will run back and forth to seek the Lord’s word, and will not find it.”


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Theme Amos 9

The destruction of Israel.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your judgment would begin at the altar (v. 1).

Something to think about

There would be no escaping God’s judgment (v. 2-4).  God would judge Israel no different than other nations (v. 7), He wouldn’t totally destroy the house of Jacob (v. 8). God would punish the sinners among the Israelites (v. 9-10). But then the day would come when Israel would be restored (v. 11-15).

Something to experience

God disciplines those He loves in order to correct them.  God wants to redeem us not punish us, but sometimes it’s necessary.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Amos 9:1I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and He said, “Strike the tops of the pillars, that the thresholds may shake; and break them in pieces on the head of all of them; and I will kill the last of them with the sword: there shall not one of them flee away, and there shall not one of them escape.” 

Amos 9:2-4 2 “Though they dig into Sheol, there My hand will take them; and though they climb up to heaven, there I will bring them down. Though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out from there; and though they be hidden from My sight in the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent, and it will bite them. Though they go into captivity before their enemies, there I will command the sword, and it will kill them. I will set My eyes on them for evil, and not for good.” 

Amos 9:7 “Are you not like the children of the Ethiopians to Me, children of Israel?” says the Lord. “Haven’t I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?” 

Amos 9:8 “Behold, the eyes of the Sovereign Lord are on the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the surface of the earth; except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,” says the Lord. 

Amos 9:9-10 “For, behold, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all the nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve, yet not the least kernel will fall on the earth. 10 All the sinners of My people will die by the sword, who say, ‘Evil won’t overtake nor meet us.’” 

Amos 9:11-15 11 “In that day I will raise up the tent of David who is fallen, and close up its breaches, and I will raise up its ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old; 12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the nations who are called by My name,” says the Lord who does this.  13 “Behold, the days come,” says the Lord, “that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the one treading grapes him who sows seed; and sweet wine will drip from the mountains, and flow from the hills.  14 I will bring My people Israel back from captivity, and they will rebuild the ruined cities, and inhabit them; and they will plant vineyards, and drink wine from them.  They shall also make gardens, and eat their fruit.  15 I will plant them on their land, and they will no more be plucked up out of their land which I have given them,” says the Lord your God.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray You will reveal our sin so we can quickly repent (Amos 7:7-9). Lord, I ask You to keep us living as You have ordained for us to live (Amos 7:14-15).  Lord, I pray we will honor the Sabbath and keep it holy. I pray we will praise You with a pure heart.  Thank You for Your Word that is a light for our path (Amos 8). Lord, I pray we will receive correction from You when necessary (Amos 9). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I humbly receive correction.” <>< Dona