Tag: love good
Scripture reading for December 13th: Amos 4-6, Revelation 11
Key Scriptures: Revelation 11:15-18 “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, “We give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty, Who is and Who was, for You have taken Your great power and begun to reign.”
Trumpets were used in Israel to call people worship, to battle, or to announce God’s direction. Here, the seventh trumpet that John heard brought an angelic announcement. The kingdom of God and Christ had come in its fullness. The God Who was, Who is, and Who will be, is King forever! As the announcement was made, God’s heavenly temple was opened and the ark of His Covenant was seen! The prophets called the people to be ready!
Amos 5:14-15 “Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you as you have said. Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.”
Prayer: Lord, I await the fullness of Your eternal reign! Jesus is Lord of my life! Help me today to order my steps in your pathway, to hate evil and love good and stay in Your grace through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture reading for September 28th: Amos 3-7
Key Scriptures: Amos 5:14-15 “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say He is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.”
As a good father warns his children, so God warned His people, Israel, of coming judgment as consequences for their sins and rebellion. He sent Amos with a call to repentance: “Seek Me and live.” (Amos 5:4) Real life was found in keeping God’s commandments and doing what He decreed was good. If they would repent, God would show mercy. But pride and arrogance and riches and complacency caused God’s people who heard Amos’ message to sent him away: “Get out, you seer! God back to the land of Judah!” (Amos 7:12) May we listen to our Good Father’s advice today!
Thankful for a Good Father’s instruction: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:8-11)
Scripture reading for September 14th: Amos 3-5
Amos, a country preacher, uses plain language that cuts to the chase! Country people don’t usually beat around the bush. They call it like it is. This is a good trait, but sometimes lacks tact in the eyes of those who are more refined! I imagine that Amos made a few people pretty mad! For instance, in Amos 4:1 he calls the women of Samaria “cows”. These women were likened to the well-fed cattle of Bashan, a farming area east of the Sea of Galilee. These women were demanding drinks from their husbands and were oppressing the poor and needy while they enjoyed an abundance. Amos promised them that God’s punishment was on the way.
Amos told the people to go up to Bethel and sin. They were religious and brought offerings that they boasted about as if they had produced them all by themselves. God had tried to correct them and get their attention, but to no avail! They would not return to God with humble and contrite hearts! (Amos 4:6, 9, 11) God had sent famines, plagues, war and trouble to wake them up but they failed to respond. The final call was for them to prepare to meet their God! (Amos 4:12) Amos then takes up a funeral lament for Israel as if she had died and met God! (Amos 5:1-3)
What was Amos’ remedy for these hardened religious people? He told them to seek the Lord and live! They needed to honor the God who made the stars, who speaks to the waters of the sea and pours them out on the land! (Amos 5:8-9) This God had power that should be feared and He should be revered! They were to seek good and not evil and they would live. God eternally hates evil and his wrath is always against it. God’s people must hate evil and injustice in evil times, and stand for what the Lord is for. (Amos 5:14-15)
Amos reproves this religious people again for saying that they longed for the day of the Lord! He told them that it would be a day of darkness, not light for them! (Amos 5:18) It would be like a man fleeing from a lion, only to meet a bear. These people were going through the motions and God hated their songs, festivals, feasts and offerings! Their hearts were not right! He wanted justice and righteousness that resulted from His people living by faith in the fear of the Lord! (Amos 5:24)
As we listen to this farmer preacher, we hear truth spoken in plain language. The times he lived in are a lot like ours. We need to be sure we are seeking the Lord with our hearts, and not just words and ritual. We must hate evil and love good! We should be working in our day and time for justice and help for the poor. The day of the Lord is coming! We must be prepared to meet our God!
“. . . prepare to meet your God, O Israel.” Amos 4:12b