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Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2018, 05:40:52 PM »
Amos 2:9-12

(9) "Yet I destroyed the Amorites before them,
\though they were tall as the cedars
and strong as the oaks.
I destroyed their fruit above
and their roots below.

(10) I brought you up out of Egypt
and led you forty years in the wilderness
to give you the land of the Amorites.

(11)
I also raised up prophets from among your children
and Nazirites from among your youths.
Is this not true, people of Israel?" declares the LORD.

(12)
"But you made the Nazirites drink wine
and commanded the prophets not to prophesy."


Now God lists all the things He had done for Israel in the past. Had they forgotten that their ancestors were once poor and homeless? Everything that they had, they owed to Him. Without Him, they would never have escaped from slavery in Egypt, nor survived the long trek through the wilderness, nor taken possession of the Promised Land. Why did they show Him no gratitude?

God had spoken to them many times, through the words of the prophets and the lifestyle of the Nazirites. But Israel showed the same contemptuous disregard for God's Word as Judah had done. Not only did she ignore His light, but she did her best to extinguish it. Those individuals who wanted to serve God were ridiculed and persecuted - and it will always be like this (Matthew 5:11,12). Despite being God's people, Israel wanted neither declarations of divine truth nor examples of holy living.

It can be the same for Christians. We can forget how good God has been to us, and how Jesus has saved us. And if we do forget, we lose a lot of our motivation for holy living.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." (II Corinthians 12:9)

Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #25 on: October 06, 2018, 02:17:12 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for an other good post reminds me of the world in miniature although Amos is speaking to Israel he could well be speaking to us to day all the things God has done for mankind from the beginning of creation until now and everything he will do for us in the future.
But still it looks like the majority of mankind are turning  their back on God and things are going from bad to worse we should not be surprised at this we are told things will get worse in the end times

As God led Israel out of Egypt so he leads us out of this evil world into his glorious new world in Christ Jesus our desert wondering is the time we spend in this world after we are saved not a very pleasant time but our lord will sustain us so long as we keep the faith.


Love and Peace
Dave   

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #26 on: October 06, 2018, 05:46:22 PM »
Amos 2:13-16
(13) "Now then, I will crush you
as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.

(14) The swift will not escape,
the strong will not muster their strength,
and the warrior will not save his life.

(15) The archer will not stand his ground,
 the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,
and the horseman will not save his life.

(16) Even the bravest warriors
will flee naked on that day," declares the LORD.


Now God is very very patient with sinners. He gives them time to repent. But if we don't repent, our sins pile up higher and higher, until God is offended beyond recall. "Because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath." (Romans 2:5) And this was what was happening with Israel.
A day of retribution was coming when God's wrath would totally overwhelm her. On that day, all the courage, strength and skill of her soldiers would be to no avail; an invading army would sweep them all away.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." (II Corinthians 12:9)

Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #27 on: October 07, 2018, 11:43:33 AM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for your post a bit frightening but it does prove that God is working in the affairs of men and using them to achieve his purpose.
It also proved that it is up to us if we wish to be saved we must repent and turn to God Israel had fair warning through Amos to repent but did not and the consequences where devastating.

Love and Peace
Dave

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #28 on: October 09, 2018, 12:08:46 PM »
Amos 3:1,2
(1) Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the LORD has spoken against you - against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:
(2) "You only have I chosen
of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
for all your sins."


This is a key passage in the book of Amos.

Israel were the people chosen by God and redeemed from slavery. They had a unique relationship with God, and a unique and special calling.
They hadn't been chosen because they were in any way special; instead, they were special because they had been chosen (Deuteronomy 7:7,8). To be chosen by God is a great privilege - but also a frightening one, for it is no light matter to be a member of His family (I Peter 1:17).
Israel couldn't just sit back and bask in the sunlight of God's unmerited favour. Privilege generates responsibility: those who enjoy God's love must also take account of His holiness. It was precisely because they were especially close to God that He demanded higher standards from them than from the ignorant heathen nations (who had only their consciences to guide them).

Now Jesus said something very similar (Luke 12:47,48). So we can't say to ourselves, "This only applies to Israel." God is our loving heavenly Father - but His Word is not always kind. Sometimes He has to be stern! It is precisely because we are His children that sin is such a serious matter for us. When we fail to live up to our calling, He won't ignore it. He will act to discipline and purify us - not because He has rejected us but because He is utterly, totally committed to us.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." (II Corinthians 12:9)

Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #29 on: October 09, 2018, 02:59:07 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for your post here we see God chastising the wayward son of course this is the same story from the beginning of Israels conception of the people of God.
But God never entirely destroys Israel there are always enough left to carry on so that all Gods promises will be fulfilled and we also who have been grafted into the same tree will be save with them and all Israel will be saved.
interesting to note that only Israel would be punished because only Israel had the law all the nations around them sinned just as much as them maybe more but they were not chastised in the same way as Israel as Gods chosen people they had the responsibility of keeping the covenant they made with God through Moses.
Likewise when we enter into the church the body of Christ we also have a responsibility to keep the laws of love which in essence incorporate all the laws given to Moses.

Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 22:40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
       

So let us not fall by the wayside let os keep the laws of Love.

Love and Peace
Dave     

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #30 on: October 10, 2018, 07:01:32 PM »
Amos 3:3-6

(3) Do two walk together
unless they have agreed to do so?
(4) Does a lion roar in the thicket
when it has no prey?
Does it growl in its den
when it has caught nothing?

(5) Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground
when no bait is there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground
if it has not caught anything?

(6)
When a trumpet sounds in a city,
do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city,
has not the LORD caused it?


Amos invites his audience to think about the implications of being in covenant with God. There can be no fellowship without friendship - so what would happen if Israel insisted on going her own way? The world works on the simple basic principle of cause-and-effect. Nothing happens without a reason, and consequences are usually predictable. Yet we are reluctant to acknowledge the ultimate Cause of all things - God - and slow to grasp the consequences of ignoring Him.

He gives us forewarning of judgement, so that we can take action - by repenting of our sins.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." (II Corinthians 12:9)

Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #31 on: October 11, 2018, 11:19:54 AM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for another good post and food for thought I think these verses are casting our mind back to the covenant God made with Israel through Moses they both made promises Israel to obey the law and God promised to bless them if they did.
The two had made an agreement to walk together but Israel broke that agreement and went after other God's the consequences of this according to the  law was death this was symbolized by being taken into Babylon they ceased to be a nation.
But God remembered his side of the covenant and brought them back to the promised land  Israel was resurrected from the dead sounds familiar this would be repeated in our Lord Jesus Christ.
 After there return they were never an independent state they were always ruled by one of the supper powers around them.
The reason God raised them up was so the temple would be rebuilt so that our Lord could come to his temple to fulfil prophesy.

Love and Peace
Dave