Tag: Amos 1-2

Thankful for Salvation!

Scripture reading for September 27th:  Joel 1-3, Amos 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Joel 2:30-32  “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.  The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.  And everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved, for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.”  

Joel saw a vision of a devastating locust plague that swept over the land.  This locust plague was a type of the judgment that God was planning to send on His rebellious people.  Joel called God’s people to fasting, prayer and repentance.  He then reminded them of God’s promise of warnings that would precede this judgment and also His promise of deliverance for all who would call on the Name of the Lord!  This prophesy has meaning and brings hope for all today who will call on God’s Name!

Thankful for God’s faithful promise:  “For their is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly bless all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.””  (Romans 10:12-13)

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Sin’s destructive fire!

Scripture reading for September 12th: Amos 1-2

Fire is a devastating force when not properly controlled and utilized.  I was a young  and had started farming with a small hog herd and had about 25 sows (mother hogs) with their babies in a building.  It was winter time and we were using heat lamps and furnaces to keep the hog building warm.  One of the lamps must have fallen onto the straw, and a blaze erupted that swept through the building.   While helping my uncle shell corn, I remember hearing the call to come home from my distraught aunt.  “There’s a fire in the hog house!”  I arrived home to find a flaming building and some charred animals!

Amos was a fig (not pig!)  farmer and shepherd who was called to be a prophet. (Amos 7:14-15)  The reading today contains several warnings of “fire in the house!”  These warning were to nations and peoples surrounding Israel.  I imagine God’s people were cheering as their wicked neighbors were warned by God. (Amos 1:4, 7, 10, 14; Amos 2:2)  God is no respecter of persons and  Amos also warned Judah and Israel that they also had fire coming to their houses as well! (Amos 2:4-16)

Sin brings God’s wrath and fiery judgment.  God hates sin because it is totally foreign to His nature of love.  Sin brings destruction, anguish, and great eternal loss to those made to enjoy His blessing and glory!  But our God is very merciful!  He always warns His people of their sins and provides a way of escape for them.  (1 Corinthians 10:13)   He wants no one to perish but all to come to repentance and deliverance.  (Amos 3:7)

Our nation is saturated with the gospel!  We have more churches, preachers, and radio and television preaching than anywhere else in the world.  The gospel warns people that there is ‘fire in their house’ and provides a Savior who took the fiery wrath of God against our sin.  The gospel offers us a new form of fire in our house, the precious Holy Spirit!   This ‘fire’ is redemptive and empowering to the humble and teachable.  It gives us power to live free from sin and to warn those who have the wrong kind of fire.   Take time today to thank the Lord for His mercy and His wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit!

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Fire in the house!

Scripture reading for September 12th: Amos 1-2

Fire is a devastating force when not properly controlled and utilized.  It has the capacity for great good and also for brutal destruction.  I was helping an uncle shell corn at his farm about 6 miles south of our farm in Iowa.  I was a young farmer and had started farming with a small hog herd and had about 25 sows (mother hogs) with their babies in a building.  It was winter time and we were using heat lamps and furnaces to keep the hog building warm.  One of the lamps must have fallen onto the straw, and a blaze erupted that swept through the building.  I remember hearing the call to come home from my distraught aunt.  “There’s a fire in the hog house!”  I arrived home to find a charred building and some charred animals!

Amos was a fig (not pig!)  farmer and shepherd who was called to be a prophet. (Amos 7:14-15)  The book of Amos contains several warnings of “fire in the house!”  These warning were to nations and peoples surrounding Israel. (Amos 1:4, 7, 10, 14; Amos 2:2)  Amos also warned Judah and Israel that they also had fire coming to their houses as well! (Amos 2:4-16)

Sin brings God’s wrath and fiery judgment.  God hates sin because it is totally foreign to His nature of love.  Sin brings destruction, anguish, and great eternal loss to those made to enjoy His blessing and glory!  But our God is very merciful!  He always warns His people of their sins and even provides a way of escape for them.  (1 Corinthians 10:13)   He wants no one to perish but all to come to repentance and deliverance.  (Amos 3:7)  This is why He sent the prophet, preachers and saints to testify of His mercy and grace!

Our nation is saturated with the gospel!  We have more churches and radio and television preaching than anywhere else in the world.  The gospel warns people that there is ‘fire in their house’ and provides a Savior who took the fiery wrath of God against our sin.  The gospel offers us a new form of fire in our house, the precious Holy Spirit!   This ‘fire’ is redemptive and empowering!  It gives us power to live free from sin and to take the gospel to the lost.   Take time today to thank the Lord for His mercy and His wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit!

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Go After Their Sins!(Not Mine!)

Scripture reading for September 13th: Amos 1-2

Amos was a shepherd from Tekoa who God called to be a prophet to His people.  Amos was given a vision of God’s judgment on all of Israel’s neighbors for their specific sins.  He listed sins by name and then specific judgments.  He also listed specific sins for Judah and Israel.   Can you imagine Amos speaking to God’s people and leaders and exposing sins by name?

Our tendency would be to get excited about God seeing the sins of our enemies!  We seem to be prone to seeing sin in others but not in ourselves.   We get this from our first parents, Adam and Eve!  This blame game is a way to deflect viewing our own sins.  However, God is loving toward His people and talks directly to them.  He warns them to give them time to repent so they do not perish!

Judah had four specific sins that God noted.  They had rejected the law of the Lord and broken His decrees.  They were led astray by false gods and followed the gods of their ancestors.  For these sins, God would send fire upon the fortresses of Jerusalem.  (Amos 2:4-5)

Israel  also had four sins that God noted.  They sold righteous people for silver and needy people for a pair of sandals.  They trampled on the heads of the poor and denied justice to the oppressed.  They committed adultery and profaned God’s name.  They misused offerings and wine!  God had been merciful to them and delivered them.  He had sent prophets to them and raised up Nazirites to minister to them under vow to God.  They defiled the Nazirites and commanded the prophets not to speak!  (Amos 2:6-12)

When we look at the time of Amos, we note the similarity with our own time.  There is rampant disregard for God’s law and decrees.  Idolatry is rampant, even in God’s church.  Social injustices are still prevalent in our culture and church people are involved in racism and neglect of the poor and needy.  Sexual sins are also prevalent in the church, even among the clergy!  When the word of God is spoken in power and purity, the man or woman of God is often maligned!  But God is still the judge and will bring judgment!  What will we do in the end?

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“Fire in the House!”

Scripture reading for September 12th: Amos 1-2

Fire is a devastating force when not properly controlled and utilized.  It has the capacity for great good and also for brutal destruction.  I was helping an uncle shell corn at his farm about 6 miles south of our farm in Iowa.  I was a young farmer and had started farming with a small hog herd and had about 25 sows (mother hogs) with their babies in a building.  It was winter time and we were using heat lamps and furnaces to keep the hog building warm.  One of the lamps must have fallen onto the straw, and a blaze erupted that swept through the building.  I remember hearing the call to come home from my distraught aunt.  “There’s a fire in the hog house!”  I arrived home to find a charred building and some charred animals!  It was devastating and caused great anguish to me and loss of my precious animals!

Amos was a fig (not pig!)  farmer and shepherd who was called to be a prophet. (Amos 7:14-15)  The reading today contains several warnings of “fire in the house!”  These warning were to nations and peoples surrounding Israel and I imagine God’s people were probably cheering as their wicked neighbors were warned by God. (Amos 1:4, 7, 10, 14; Amos 2:2)  God, however, is no respecter of persons and we as people all have the same malady at our core: sin.  Amos also warned Judah and Israel that they also had fire coming to their houses as well! (Amos 2:4-16)

What was the root cause of these fires?  Sins!  Sin brings God’s wrath and fiery judgment.  God hates sin because it is totally foreign to His nature of love.  Sin brings destruction, anguish, and great eternal loss to those made to enjoy His blessing and glory!  But our God is very merciful!  He always warns His people of their sins and even provides a way of escape for them.  (1 Corinthians 10:13)   He wants no one to perish but all to come to repentance and deliverance.  (Amos 3:7)  This is why He sends the prophet, preachers and saints to testify of His mercy and grace!

Our nation is saturated with the gospel!  We have more churches, preachers, and radio and television preaching than anywhere else in the world.  To whom much has been given, much will be required!  The gospel warns people that there is ‘fire in their house’ and provides a Savior who took the fiery wrath of God against our sin.  The gospel offers us a new form of fire in our house, the precious Holy Spirit!   This ‘fire’ is redemptive and empowering to the humble and teachable.  It gives us power to live free from sin and to take the gospel to those who have the wrong kind of fire in their house.   Take time today to thank the Lord for His mercy and His wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit!

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