Date: 09/01/2018 Issue Number: 362
A famine of hearing the word was to come upon the Israelites as a penalty for refusing to hear the word. Isaiah said essentially the same thing in Isaiah 28, where he tells how the people had refused to hear his prophecies in their own language.
The penalty was that God would speak to them in another tongue, a language which they did not understand.
Isaiah 28:11, 12 says,
11 Indeed, He will speak to this people through stammering lips and a foreign tongue. 12 He who said to them, “Here is rest, give rest t…
Date: 08/01/2018 Issue Number: 361
In Amos 8:5, 6 the prophet shows the lawlessness of society in Israel during his time. Then he says in Amos 8:7,
7 The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob, “Indeed, I will never forget any of their deeds.”
What is “the pride of Jacob?” The KJV renders it, “The Excellency of Jacob,” which is a reference to God Himself. The title “His Excellency” is a well-known title of respect that is used even today.
The fact that this title is used of God is clear from the fact …
Date: 07/01/2018 Issue Number: 360
In Amos 7:1-3 God showed Amos a vision of locusts that were to come upon the land. Amos begged God to “please pardon!” and God then “repented,” or changed His mind, saying, “It shall not be.”
The Vision of Fire
God then showed Amos a second vision in Amos 7:4,
4 Thus the Lord God showed me, and behold, the Lord God was calling to contend with them by fire, and it consumed the great deep and began to consume the farm land.
As with the first vision (about locusts), Amos under…
Date: 06/01/2018 Issue Number: 359
The first half of Amos 6 makes it clear that judgment was coming to the house of Israel, not only for their sin but also for their arrogance in thinking that they had the right to sin. For this reason, God swore an oath in Amos 6:8 to “deliver up the city and all it contains” to a foreign nation.
When God swears an oath, there is then nothing that can stop it. Intercession might still postpone judgment, but in the end, God must fulfill His oath.
Amos 6:9, 10 continues,
9 And it will be, if ten men are left in on…
Date: 05/01/2018 Issue Number: 358
Amos 5:14, 15 says,
14 Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and thus may the Lord God of hosts be with you, just as you have said! 15 Hate evil, love good, and establish justice in the gate! Perhaps the Lord God of hosts may be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
This is the third and final admonition where the prophet tells Israel to seek God. The three are:
Verse 4, “Seek Me that you may live.”
Verse 6, “Seek the Lord that you may live.”
Verse 14, “Seek good and not evil.&r…
Date: 04/01/2018 Issue Number: 357
Amos 5:1, 2 says,
1 Hear this word which I take up for you as a dirge, O house of Israel. 2 She has fallen, she will not rise again—the virgin Israel. She lies neglected on her land; there is none to raise her up.
This funeral dirge (qinah) is a song of lamentation. Ferrar Fenton renders it as a 2-line lament in this way:
Listen to this message that I bring to you—
The Lament for the House of Israel
Israel’s daughter has fallen and cannot arise!
She lies stretched on the ground without help!…
Date: 03/01/2018 Issue Number: 356
Amos 4:6 says,
6 “But I gave you also cleanness of teeth in all your cities and lack of bread in all your places, yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the Lord.
Most people today would like to maintain clean teeth. But in biblical times, having clean teeth meant that they had not eaten in a long time. The prophet was speaking of a “lack of bread in all your places.”
It appears that Israel had recently experienced a drought and a shortage of food. He attributed this to the judgment o…
Date: 02/01/2018 Issue Number: 355
The trumpet had sounded its warning, and the lion had roared while springing upon its prey. Israel was doomed, said Amos, not only because they had persisted in sin, but because they had rejected the warning from God through Amos to repent.
So God then calls two witnesses from neighboring nations in Amos 3:9, 10,
9 Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdod and on the citadels in the land of Egypt and say, “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria and see the great tumults within her and …
Date: 01/01/2018 Issue Number: 354
In Amos 3:3-6 Amos asks a series of rhetorical questions whose answers are obvious and need not be answered. His first question in verse 3 is, “Do two men go out to meet each other without first making an appointment?” The answer is obvious. NO.
Verse 4 asks two more rhetorical questions:
4 Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has captured something?
No, lions are silent when they get hungry, because if they roar in the forest, they scare …
Date: 12/01/2017 Issue Number: 353
Amos’ indictment against the House of Israel came after first indicting Israel’s neighbors, including Judah. Hence, the audience could not accuse Amos of being partial or of singling out Israel. The message was that Israel was just as bad as her neighbors, and that God would not overlook her sin and rebellion.
God then appealed history, where He had taken the land from the Amorites and had given it to Israel on account of the sin of the Amorites. Amos 2:9, 10 says,
9 Yet it was I who d…
Date: 11/01/2017 Issue Number: 352
After proclaiming judgment against Israel’s neighboring nations—which, no doubt, all the people applauded—Amos 2:4, 5 then prophesies against Judah, saying,
4 Thus says the Lord, “For three transgressions of Judah and for four, I will not revoke its punish-ment, because they rejected the law of the Lord and have not kept His statutes; their lies also have led them astray, those after which their fathers walked. 5 So I will send fire upon Judah, and it will consume the citadels of Jerusalem.…
Date: 10/01/2017 Issue Number: 351
Amos 1:9, 10 prophesies against Tyre, saying,
9 Thus says the Lord, “For three transgressions of Tyre and for four, I will not revoke its punishment, because they delivered up an entire population to Edom and did not remember the covenant of brotherhood. 10 So I will send fire upon the wall of Tyre, and it will consume her citadels.”
The cause for divine judgment is the same as we saw earlier with Gaza, the Philistine city (Amos 1:6). Just as Gaza had engaged in slave traffic in the south, so also…