Monday, March 31, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 60 Friday

Amos chapter 5

God was angry with those who had the power to oppress the poor and just by taking taxing away their food and homes from them. These also made pretense of serving God while also worshiping the idols Moloch and Chiun.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God commanded Israel to listen to what He was about to tell them.

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised that only 10% of those that went out of the city would be left.
  • God promised that if they would seek Him they would live but they were not to seek Bethel or Gilgal or to pass to Beersheba because those places would go into captivity.
  • God told those who oppressed the poor and just to seek good and not evil so and they would live.
  • God would pass through their streets and there would be weeping and wailing. (This is the exact opposite of what happened when God passed through Egypt prior to bringing them out! Then it was the people of Israel that were spared and there was much weeping and wailing among the Egyptians.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the one made the Seven Stars and Orion; who turns the shadow of death into morning; who makes the day dark with night; who calls the waters of the sea and pours them on the earth; that strengthens the spoiled against the strong so that they can take the fortress.
  • Jesus is the God of hosts.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • There are those who desire the Day of the Lord to come, but it will not be what they expect. To some, it will be darkness when they think it will be light for them. But they will be as someone who gets away from the lion and meets a bear, then gets away from the bear and thinks he is safe at home only to be bitten by a snake when he leans his hand against the wall. There are those who want God to judge their enemies - and He will - but they do not realize that in escaping a certain judgment they are running to a deadly judgment themselves when the Day of the Lord comes! This will be the judgment upon those whose religion is in vain. 

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