Faithful God, all Your ways are good and right and You are a safe hiding place for all who trust in You.
Do you understand both rights and obligations before God?
The people of Israel have been chosen by God to be a "kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (Exod. 19:5,6). Though chosen out of "all nations" to be God's "treasured possession," now Amos announces that the Lord is against them. Amid all the talk of nations, a rather intimate and personal note is struck, emphasizing the Lord's grief: we're told that God is now "against the whole family" he brought up out of Egypt (1).
They have misread their calling as giving them rights without obligations. They have simply forgotten how to do what is right (10). Their faithlessness to their covenant with God demands a faithful response from God. If God is to be faithful to the covenant, he must bring the judgment that the covenant curses demand (Deut. 28), otherwise he also will be failing to honor the covenant.
So, as inevitably as the lion's roar precedes feasting on its prey, Amos asserts that God's Word of prophecy means that destruction is inevitable (3-8), and not only inevitable but complete, both in regards to their lavish cult and to culture (13-15). No more will survive than a few bones rescued from the lion's mouth.
Journal your thoughts about grace and judgment. Does your thinking line up with Scripture?
Lord, thank You for grace. Help us to never cheapen that which cost You everything.
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