Wednesday, May 16 2012
Verse of the Day: V16 “And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.”
1. The Lime (V1-3)
V1 “Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:”
The holy God shall punish the people of Moab for their great evil as they not only killed the king of Edom but burnt his bones to lime. How evil can man become!
2. The Lies (V4-8)
V4 “Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:”
Sadly, Prophet Amos also proclaimed God’s punishment on the people of Judah and Israel, the people of God. Indeed, God’s punishment of His people was much greater than the punishment of the other nations because God’s people had been taught God’s commandments. Instead of obeying God’s commandments, they despised and broke the commandments, and continued in their lies, and refused to help the poor and the needy.
V6 “Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;”
3. The LORD (V9-16)
V12 “But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.”
In spite of their lies and rebellion, the Lord reminded the people of Judah and Israel of His great deliverance of them out of the land of Egypt into the land of the Amorite. However, instead of being grateful to the Lord, they continued in their lies and rebellion, and even forced the Nazarites to break their vows by drinking wine, and commanded the prophets not to prophesy God’s Word. Sadly, they knew God, but they refused to accept God as the Lord of their lives. Hence, the Lord severely judged and punished the people of Judah and Israel by sending their enemies to attack and destroy them completely.
V16 “And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, You are my God, my Lord and my Saviour.