June 15, Reading 2 – Amos 9

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Amos 9 declares that terrible New Testament truth: all have sinned – the wages of sin is death! But God’s judgment is tempered with mercy. God promises that He Himself will deliver man from sin, the Devil and death through David’s collapsed family (the fallen tent).

SJA Notes

“In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old,”

How good is this word from the Lord! How heart-warming and overflowing with grace and mercy!

The BOOTH OF DAVID!

We see again another pointer to Jesus, great king David’s GREATER son.

It’s so very clear, as we walk each day through God’s word from start to end, that Jesus is all through it’s pages.

And here, long before Pentecost, before Jesus came in human form – Here we read of God’s great promise to Abraham – “… And all the nations who are called by my name,”

It was never plan B to bring all peoples to Christ! It was never a rush-job because Adam broke the world to have God’s people from every race and nation.

Take hold of these words, wring them out of the joy and hope in them, run them over and over through our minds and hearts.

“I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,”

Oh what a day that shall be, when all sin is gone and God is dwelling with us His people in the remade heavens and earth!

* Gracious Father, here in this passage we see Jesus! Again, as we have so many times since Genesis and will continue to through Revelation.

Thank You that in Him anyone can come, from any tribe or nation, and be brought back into a right relationship with You.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

Amen.

June 14, Reading 2 – Amos 7, 8

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Locusts and fire are images that the Apostle John uses as well in Revelation when the angels sound their trumpets – first to fifth trumpets (Revelation 8,9). Isaiah 28:16,17 announces that justice is God’s measuring stick and righteousness is His plumb-line.

SJA Notes

“Amos, what do you see?”

This refrain is twice-repeated here, a question from the LORD.

It is not an easy word the Lord gives to Amos.

“The end has come upon my people Israel; I will never again pass by them.”

And this isn’t a happy blessing intent of focus from the Lord.

“The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day,”

Amos cries out, “O Lord GOD, please forgive/cease! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!”

God’s answer for Amos is His answer for us.

“Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass by them;”

Habbakkuk stands on his watchpost and points us to the plumbline sides, arrogance and pride on one side, and righteousness on the other.

“… But the righteous shall live by his faith.”

And so very clearly, this points us to Jesus!

Because how can we be righteous? All our works are filthy rags.

It’s only in the Right Man who lived a perfect life and won us life at calvary that we can obtain righteousness, His righteousness – And be able to stand at the end in Him.

* Praise You God above, for though You are the JUST God who separates the wheat from the chaff, the sheep from the goats, based on righteousness – Thank You that even though we have nothing of ourselves that merits any blessing from You – You save us through Jesus!

Praise Your Name!

Amen.

June 13, Reading 2 – Amos 5, 6

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You find God’s heart in 5:4-6. Verse 5:24 is a good motto for police detective work and our lawyers and judges. God Himself and belief in Him is the foundation of good justice that is for our common weal! Complacency was and still is a besetting sin for believers.

SJA Notes

* Holy God, please put a right spirit within us, a true heart after Your own heart.

We see in this passage the sheer stupidity of _false_ religion – God hates it.

God says, “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.”

Unbelief manifests itself in hypocrisy. Look at the Pharisees, the Chief Priests, the Teachers of the Law in Jesus time!

But more, look within our own lives.

The Lord is not speaking here to the pagan societies of the day, not the idol-worshipping unbelievers in surrounding lands.

No. This warning is to the CHURCH!

“Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen.”

Why is God speaking this way to His people?

From yesterday’s passage we remember, “… Yet you did not return to me,”

Israel has rejected her King, her Lord, her God … Her FIRST LOVE (This is not limited to the Old Testament pre-Jesus nation of God, see Revelation 2 v4, the church at Ephesus had abandoned their first love too).

What is the answer then? How was Israel to resolve this complancency, this pride – “I abhor the pride of Jacob, and hate his strongholds,”

The answer lies at the beginning of this passage.

It’s a simple powerful call from God.

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

That’s it. Right there. The heart of the matter.

Let’s be encouarged and convicted to seek out our God, to follow Him, to do what He tells us.

* Righteous and Holy God, please help us to seek You in our lives. Help us, because we cannot help ourselves.

Thank You that in Jesus we find rescue and salvation, hope and assurance.

Bind us up in You Lord, with cords that cannot be broken, that each day we might seek You, in spirit and in truth.

Amen.