Tuesday, May 29 2012
Verse of the Day: V3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
1. God’s Word (V1-2)
V1 “Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,”
Prophet Amos told the people of Israel to hear God’s Word as he pleaded with them to repent of their sins and return to the Lord who had chosen them to be His people, His children, and the family of God. The Lord had miraculously and graciously brought them out of the land of Egypt, where they were treated cruelly as slaves, into the Promised Land, where they experienced God’s abundant blessings. However, instead of being thankful and grateful to God, and obeying His commandments, they sinned against Him.
V2 “You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”
2. God’s Warning (V3-8)
V3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
Prophet Amos warned the people of Israel that unless they agreed to walk with God, and obeyed His Word, they shall be severely judged and punished for their rebellion and disobedience. Like the majestic lion, the majestic Lord shall roar and warn His people, the people of Israel, to fear Him, repent of their sins and wickedness, and return to Him.
V8 “The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?”
3. God’s Wrath (V9-15)
V14 “That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Beth-el: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.”
God’s wrath was upon the people of Israel because they refused to take heed of God’s Word and warning. They continued to build altars and worshipped false idols, instead of worshipping the true and living God. Hence, God judged and punished them by sending the Babylonians to attack and completely destroy all their altars and idols, their ivory and beautiful houses, some built for winter, and some built for summer, and killed many of the people, and brought the rest of them as prisoners of war to the land of Babylon.
V15 “And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to walk close to You and obey Your Word.