Israel expected that God’s coming would be glorious, but instead He would come in judgement. Israel rested on the Temple, the forms and privilages of being God’s people. They used God’s blessings for themselves and did not care about God, His glory or His people. They presumed that God was on their side.
God continually calls people to return to Him. Amos called Israel to hear God’s word (5:1, 3, 4, 16, 17), to seek God (5:4-6) and to seek the good (5:7-15). As well as knowing the letter of God’s word, we must seek to know Him, or it is all futile (Psalm 119:10). Our eternal hope is worth more than our current life. We should long for that day when Jesus comes to takes us to the present reality of Heaven.
Preacher: Rev. Neil McDonald
Date: 29 September 2010
Readings: 2 Samuel 9:1-13
What is Grace? The mnemonic God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense goes some way to describing it. Often the church appears to be about morally good actions. However, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection have made a way for us to be reconciled to God. This is the church’s message.
We must all recognise that we do not measure up to our own standards, let alone God’s. As a consequence, things are not good between us and Him.
Saul’s grandson Mephibosheth could have expected to be slaughtered when Saul lost the throne, however King David sought him out for good. This human kindness is an example of the greater kindness and mercy of God. Only with Him is there hope and comfort for us that will last beyond the grave.
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.