Insights on Today's Reading
Amos wrote his prophecy against the northern tribes of Israel. His primary theme was God's anger over unrighteousness and injustice within the country. One of the famous statements out of this book is 4:12, "Prepare to meet thy God..."
Amos 1 - You will note an expression used in the first two chapters, "...for three transgressions...and for four..." This speaks of overflowing wickedness. Amos speaks against Damascus, Gaza, Edom, and Ammon in this chapter. These are nations surrounding Israel but they were part of the cause of oppression in the land.
Amos 2 - Amos now directs his words against Moab, Judah, and Israel itself. The final two were God's own people who had compromised their faith by mingling with the surrounding countries and, thus, polluting their morals and their worship.
Amos 3 - God is angry with the "whole family" of Israel, all the tribes He had brought out of Egypt. They were all out of step with God, verse 3. The message speaks of God's punishment that He will bring upon His own people. Amos was compelled to prophesy once he heard God's message.
Amos 4 - Amos spoke against the sacrifices being offered to God as worthless offerings that God despised. God always looks at the heart and the people of Israel were utterly insincere in their burnt offerings to God.
Amos 5 - God calls for His people to turn back to Him. He urges His people to "seek Him" in verses 4, 6. He tells them to "seek good and not evil" verse 14, and to "hate evil and love good" in verse 15. But God still has to rebuke His people for their worthless sacrifices, verse 21-23. He calls for them to "let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream" verse 24.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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