(Part 16 of 21)
Note Amos 6:10-11… The message here is that the devastation will be so great that not even “making mention of the Lord” would be of value. They were not to breathe out the name of the Lord, lest He hear it and it make Him aware there was someone yet alive. Now that’s judgment. If a man had a large family, it would be a miracle if there were any survivors. Remember, God is reproving and protesting in Amos 6. Amos is saying that sin warrants judgment. Pride warrants judgment. I don’t think we really know sin, unless we see what moves God’s hand to judgment. Sin is not some theory. History teaches us what sins moved the hand of God to judge nations and peoples. Here in Amos 6, God wipes out ninety percent of the population. Only a tenth, a remnant, is left. For us to understand sin, we need to understand God’s judgments. Religious sin is as bad as non-religious sin. People today say, “There’s no such thing as sin, it’s all in a person’s mind.” People today take no thought of the possibility that, because of their sin, God may abandon them. Today, preachers who preach the judgment of God are considered old-fashioned, legalistic, or “not up with the times.” Jesus preached about sin and the wrath of God more than He preached about blessings. How little we know of the wrath of God. We have lived under the message of grace and blessing for so long that we have forgotten what faces the sinner. Genesis 6:3 says, “My spirit shall not always strive with man” (KJV). Oh, what a price people will pay for their sins… especially when they find out the price Jesus paid for their deliverance.
Amos 6:12-14… The Lord protests through parables… There are certain things that you can not do such as “run a horse on rocks” or “plow on rocks.” You cannot violate the basics of nature. So God asks Israel, “What made you think you could violate the moral and spiritual laws of God?” If you plant seed in rocky soil, the plants wither (Matthew 13:20-21). He showed them that their perversion of justice was not equal to God’s righteous justice. Note verse 13… “Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought” (KJV). This is a phrase which describes a place called Lo Debar. Jonathon’s son Mephibosheth lived there. It means “nothing there” or “a place of no pasture.” God is saying, “There is nothing there in the place you have put your trust.” Because of their rejection, God will press them from Hemath to the wilderness. In other words, right out of their nation. God is saying, “It is futile to misplace your confidence.” God has fixed laws. “Then when lust [sin] hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin” (James 1:15). The ten-tribe nation tried to plant on rocky soil and failed. Many of the young people of our nation are dying today because they are planting in rocky ground. Amos was seen as a ”pain” in Israel because he was prophesying the Word of God. God is long-suffering, but the nation left God with no other alternative than to come with His righteous justice. In verse 12 God tells them, “Ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock.” Both are poisons. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Amos tells us that God’s grace is balanced with God’s justice.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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