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An Example of What Not to Do

Read it!: Amos 4

“Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel,

and because I will do this to you, Israel, prepare to meet your God.”

(vs 12)

 Think it through:

This Israelites had all kinds of warnings and consequences to their actions. Amos lists them in all in Chapter 4, and then he tells them what’s coming. He truly was a prophet, a man who had the word of God to speak and spoke it, apparently without hesitation.

The Israelites didn’t listen.

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Meeting Monumental Expectations

Read it!: Amos 3

You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth;

Therefore I will punish you for all your sins.

(vs 2)

 

Think it through:

Amos is relaying some tough love here, no doubt.

God had granted the Israelites an unbelievable gift of knowledge. They had seen the miracles. They had heard His voice and seen the effects of His presence. His laws were hand-delivered to them on stones carved by His own finger. And yet they chose to ignore Him and go their own way into a sinful lifestyle.

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I Did It Again

Read it!: Amos 1

For three sins of Damascus, even for four,

I will not turn back my wrath…

(vs 3 and repeated)

 

Think it through:

Amos starts out with a bang, doesn’t he?  He lets us know that God does get tired of our repeated sin.

Because of Christ’s sacrifice, God has promised to forgive us over and over, but that doesn’t give us the freedom to ignore his laws and commands. He does get frustrated and angry with us when we do wrong, particularly when we know better.

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Trouncing the Green-Eyed Monster

Read it! I Samuel 18

As they danced, they sang:

“Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”

Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him.

“They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?”

Vs 7&8

 

Think it through

Saul began as a proud supporter of David. After all, David’s successes in battle were Saul’s successes. He promoted the young leader quickly. But as soon as Saul heard the people sing David’s praises, his heart changed. David had entered Saul’s territory, becoming more popular that he was in his land of Israel. Saul became jealous (vs 8), then watchful (vs 9), and then murderous (vs 11).

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