Amos’ message came from God. He told the women of Israel that their search for luxury was misplaced. They would be lead out of the country with hooks in their noses. The worship at Bethel and Gilgal set up in opposition to Jerusalem would be destroyed. God kept sending drought, famine, mildew, plague and war, but they kept rebelling against Him. Amos called the people to prepare to meet God.
When Amos turned his attention to Israel, he did not just focus on personal sins, but also called for repentance for the sins of the nation: injustice, immorality and idolatry. Israel valued objects more than people and mistreated people who were made in God’s image. The priests were lending money at interest and falling asleep at the altar. People put pressure on the Nazarites to break their vows of devotion to God.
The Scriptures are clear: There will be a day of ultimate justice. As we should be devoted to God, we should be devoted to one spouse or to singleness. Idolatry and immorality are often interchanged in the Scriptures and often go together. We should be faithful and devoted to Him.
Amos prophesied God’s judgement against the nations around Israel in increasing orders of proximity and filial relationship. Judah was led astray by false gods and lies which had deceived their ancestors. The other nations had rebelled against the revelation of God in nature, but Judah had the clear revelation of God’s word from his own mouth and from those He had sent to them. Considering these judgments must make us consider how we and out culture has responded to having God’s reveled word.
Trust is an important issue. Politicians ask us to trust them with our futures. We depend on our money, jobs and relationships. All of these hopes will one day fail us.
The Psalmist points out that every man is mortal and will not able to save us from the one problem that will follow us after we have drawn out last breath. Sin is that problem.
We can trust God because He is the Creator, meaning He is the all-powerful rightful ruler of everything, eternal and faithful. He revealed to David that He could deliver from the punishment of sin and bring him into eternal, joyful life in God’s presence.
This way is Jesus. Only by relying in His perfect life, atoning, substitutionary death, reassuring resurrection and ascension to rule at the Father’s side may we be delivered from sin’s horrible punishment: eternal spiritual death. If you know this hope, share it.