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Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #80 on: November 13, 2018, 04:24:36 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for another good post its amazing how Amos's prophecy echoes down the ages to our time.
We have all these different churches many full of pomp and glitter wonderful choirs and singing to raise the roof but what is in the heart of the worshipper this is the most important this is where God looks where the heart is right with God there will be justice and righteousness in those who love him.

Love and Peace
Dave

True, Dave, but Amos isn't talking about the invisible heart attitude; he's talking about our very visible actions! What are we doing?
"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." (I Peter 2:9)

Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #81 on: November 14, 2018, 12:41:41 PM »
True, Dave, but Amos isn't talking about the invisible heart attitude; he's talking about our very visible actions! What are we doing?

Hi Deborah
Thank you for your reply to which I agree I was only trying to make the point of what God wanted which is not what's on the outside but what's on the inside.

Love and Peace
Dave

Offline Tes Johnson

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #82 on: November 15, 2018, 12:04:22 AM »


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Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #83 on: November 15, 2018, 02:08:00 PM »
Amos 5:25-27

(25) "Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
for forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?

(26) You have lifted up the shrine of your king,
the pedestal of your idols,
the star of your god -
which you made for yourselves.

(27) Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,"
says the LORD, whose name is God Almighty.


Israel had been rebellious and idolatrous from the very beginning, when the covenant was inaugurated at Mount Sinai. Even though they went through the motions of worshipping Yahweh, they spent 40 unnecessary years in the wilderness, because their hearts were elsewhere. As Stephen comments on this passage: "They made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and revelled in what their own hands had made. But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars." (Acts 7:41,42)
And after 600 years, nothing had changed. While paying lip-service to Yahweh and ostensibly celebrating His festivals, they were also worshipping the gods of Assyria. So that was where Yahweh would banish them - to the place where their hearts already belonged. And He does not make idle threats; He is God Almighty, and His judgements will be executed!

So where are our hearts? Are we really totally committed to Jesus - or do our hearts actually still belong to the world?
"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." (I Peter 2:9)

Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #84 on: November 15, 2018, 03:36:33 PM »
Hi Deborah
thanks for your post here our attention is pointing to all those that came out of Egypt who in a comparatively short time returned to idol worship how quickly one can fall away as a result that whole generation that came out of Egypt perished except for two.

this reminds us of our Lords forty days in the wilderness being tempted by the devil and was without sin the lesson to be learned is not to be tempted by the things of the world but keep our eye on Jesus.
It was Joshua's job to lead the  next generation into the promised land a land flowing with milk and honey Gods rest which he did but what did Israel do they returned to their idol worship and it seams forgot everything God had done for them as a result God banished from the land he had given them.

So let us not follow after their example but keep to the narrow path that leads to Gods sabbath rest

Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.     

Love and Peace
Dave


   

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #85 on: November 17, 2018, 05:09:40 PM »
Amos 6:1,2

(1) Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
you notable men of the foremost nation,
to whom the people of Israel come!

(2) Go to Kalneh and look at it;
go from there to great Hamath,
and then go down to Gath in Philistia.
Are they better off than your two kingdoms?
Is their land larger than yours?


The nation's leaders (both in Judah and Israel) were secure in their privileges, smugly self-satisfied - and dangerously out of touch with reality. Supremely confident that they were the chief men of the greatest nation on earth (Deuteronomy 28:13), they took it for granted that God would always protect His own people.
Amos tried to open their eyes: Kalneh, Hamath and Gath had all once been great cities, but were now in ruins. Their fate should have been a warning against complacency: no nation or state is invulnerable.

When the leaders of a nation (or church) believe that "God is on our side, no matter what", then they are not displaying faith, but pride. A fall is bound to follow.
In the next few verses, Amos will explain why they are so wrong-headed...
"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." (I Peter 2:9)

Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #86 on: November 20, 2018, 12:38:38 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for your post interesting this division between Israel and Judah North and South reminds me that the church was divided into East and West and politically as well.
It seam the world of today and the world of Amos are in the same state politicians fighting and squabbling like small children and the church standing by.

Love and Peace
Dave

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #87 on: November 21, 2018, 03:57:56 PM »
Amos 6:3-7

(3) You put off the day of disaster
and bring near a reign of terror.

(4) You lie on beds adorned with ivory
and lounge on your couches.
You dine on choice lambs
and fattened calves.

(5) You strum away on your harps like David
and improvise on musical instruments.

(6) You drink wine by the bowlful
and use the finest lotions,
but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.

(7) Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile;
your feasting and lounging will end.


Israel's rulers were unwilling to face the real issues. If they had looked at what was going on within their own country, they would have seen the signs of decay and impending collapse. Instead, they cheerfully declared, "Business as usual." By convincing themselves that the day of reckoning was far away, they were in fact hastening it on. Within a year of King Jeroboam's death, his kingdom would descend into 20 years of anarchy.
While the nation headed for disaster, her leaders were enjoying lives of unparalleled self-indulgence: luxurious furnishings, a gluttonous diet, frivolous entertainments, and obsessive personal vanity. Now, when evil and injustice are rampant in society, we may or may not be in a position to do anything about it - but God expects us at least to be concerned! But, like Joseph's brothers who ate and drank while he was trapped in a cistern (Genesis 37:23-25;42:21), Israel's ruling class cared nothing for their suffering people.
In the end, justice will be done: those who have been accustomed to putting themselves first will be first in line for humiliation and punishment.
"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." (I Peter 2:9)