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Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #56 on: October 26, 2018, 11:36:47 AM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for your post I can agree with you God is awesome he is great he is the creator of all things one can do nothing else but stand in awe.
The above text reminds Israel of this and us how great our God is he also tells them he is going to come to them which of course he dose.
How does he come with weapon of war no he came meek and mild riding on a donkey he came to die for the sins of the whole world this is love.

I am not advocating a cuddly God after all it was him who planted the tree of knowledge and with out it we could not be created in his image.
We have to choose of our own freewill the good to love God and our fellow man God does not commit evil but the god of this world dose and when Israel and us turn our back on the God of creation then we open a door to the god of this world satan.
But satans days are numbered Christ destroyed him on th cross.

Love and Peace
Dave


Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #57 on: October 26, 2018, 04:38:13 PM »
Amos 5:1-3

(1) Hear this word, Israel, this lament I take up concerning you:
(2) "Fallen is Virgin Israel,
never to rise again,
deserted in her own land,
with no one to lift her up."

(3) This is what the Sovereign LORD says to Israel:
"Your city that marches out a thousand strong
will have only a hundred left;
your town that marches out a hundred strong
will have only ten left."


Amos sings a funeral lament - a lament for the death of God?s people.
When they should have been in the prime of life, they were actually at death's door. Instead of being honoured by other nations, they were despised; instead of being prosperous and secure, they were weak and at the mercy of their enemies. There was a military disaster just over the horizon: the proud armies went marching out for battle, confident of victory, would be decimated.
"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 #58 on: October 27, 2018, 01:35:51 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for your post my thoughts go to the term virgin Israel usually means has not been with a man and Israel through their disobedience had never been united with their lord.
When their lord did come to them they killed him and as a result shortly after 70 ad Israel ceased to be a nation.
The rest of the prophecy is very true from the time of Babylon until 70AD they were always under the control of other nations fighting was futile and would only lead to defeat.

Love and Peace
Dave

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #59 on: October 28, 2018, 04:36:29 PM »
Amos 5:4-6

(4) This is what the LORD says to Israel:
"Seek me and live;

(5) do not seek Bethel,
do not go to Gilgal,
do not journey to Beersheba.
For Gilgal will surely go into exile,
and Bethel will be reduced to nothing."

(6) Seek the LORD and live,
or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire;
it will devour them,
and Bethel will have no one to quench it.


Yet there was a glimmer of hope for Israel - if only they would repent. But they needed to return to God Himself, not to their favourite places of pilgrimage. Of course, it's much easier to go to a place than to repent in one's heart!
The name 'Bethel' means 'house of God' - but God was no longer 'at home' there because His house had been taken over by idols.
Those who follow false gods are nursing false hopes.  The idols of Bethel and Gilgal were powerless; even their own shrines would be destroyed. The only way to escape judgement is to entreat the Judge for mercy.
"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 #60 on: October 29, 2018, 12:39:16 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for your post this message is as vital today as it was to the Israelites so long ago " seek the Lord and live " it's not just about living in this life but living in eternity with him.
So where are we to go to find the Lord I would say to his word we can be absolutely sure that his word is the truth and will lead us on the right path to were our Lord has gone before us into the presence of the Father.
So let us seek him were we know he can  be found

Love and Peace
Dave

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #61 on: October 29, 2018, 03:46:09 PM »
Amos 5:7-9

(7) There are those who turn justice into bitterness
and cast righteousness to the ground.


(8 ) He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
who turns midnight into dawn
and darkens day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out over the face of the land -
the LORD is his name.

(9) With a blinding flash he destroys the stronghold
and brings the fortified city to ruin.


An enormous gulf had opened up between Israel's culture (exemplified by her corrupt system of justice) and the God that they claimed to worship - who is the Creator of the universe, the Controller of the seasons, and the One whose power lies behind all natural disasters.

This is a warning (for the Church as well): our way of life has to be congruent with our professed beliefs. Otherwise.... this great and terrible God isn't going to stand idly by for ever and watch His name being brought into disrepute. We may think ourselves very clever and very secure - but He can overthrow a country, a government or a religious system very easily.
"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 #62 on: October 30, 2018, 05:19:55 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for your post what comes to mind here is God reminding the Israelites and us how awesome he is the creator of all things in heaven and earth.
I think we need to think very carefully about this and what it means how great our creator God is there is nothing in the whole universe the comes close to him words fail me to describe him.
The will be done these words come to mind everything God has planed and spoken will come to pass nothing we say or do can change it.
God is the greatest power there is and to listen to him and obey him in love.

Love and Peace
Dave

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #63 on: November 01, 2018, 10:52:38 AM »
Amos 5:10-13

(10) There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court
and detest the one who tells the truth.

(11) You levy a straw tax on the poor
and impose a tax on their grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,
you will not live in them;
though you have planted lush vineyards,
you will not drink their wine.

(12) For I know how many are your offenses
and how great your sins.
There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes
and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.

(13) Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times,
for the times are evil.


Israel's legal system had been set up by God, and was second to none in the ancient world for its concern for the poor and marginalised. But over 600 years, things had gone badly wrong...
The legal system was rotten: impartial judges and honest witnesses were conspicuous by their absence! The courts were so corrupt that a poor man had no prospect of a verdict in his favour. The tax system was rigged to make the rich richer and the poor poorer, and those who benefited from this state of affairs were happily feathering their nests.
However, they would not live to enjoy their ill-gotten gains. It was not really theirs, so God would take it away from them: they would be killed or exiled. Their sins were not 'minor', as they fondly imagined; they had managed to create a whole lifestyle based on oppression and exploitation of the poor.

Anyone who dared to object or complain - or who tried to take a stand against the tide of injustice by standing up for the weak - risked persecution. When truth and honesty are silenced, the times are evil indeed!

All this tells us that God cares passionately about justice. And we should care too! There are many organisations in the UK and the world campaigning for greater justice in all areas of life: Amnesty International, fair trade organisations, etc. Christians should be giving their enthusiastic support to these agencies.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." (II Corinthians 12:9)