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As Amos, the southern prophet, declared to a derelict northern kingdom, Godís patience wears thin. He had blessed the nation with many great things: He led them out of Egypt, forged a covenant with them, fed them in the wilderness, fought for them during the conquest of Canaan, allowed them to have a king and send them many warnings when they strayed from Him. Yet despite all of Godís goodness, the fickle nation turned its back on God.
Israelís Punishment (Amos 4:1-5)
God, through Amos, first enumerates the national sins of Israel. They played the spirital harlot like the prostitues of Bashan (v. 1). They trusted in their strategic mountain position to protect them from attack, rather than trusting in God (v. 1). They cruelly oppressed the poor and needed (v. 1). The wealthy among them lingered in hedonism with attitudes of ease and pleasure (v. 1). Their worship was so corrupted that God called them to heap their transgression one on top of another (vv. 4-5). The entire list of sins is summed up in Godís charge, "For so you love to do, O people of Israel!" (v. 5).
Because of their sin, God promised punishment. He sign a contract for their demise (vv. 2-3). Time was running out for a nation pushing Godís longsuffering to the limits.
The severity of God is real. Even today He promises destruction on those who refuse to obey Him (2 Thes. 1:7-9). People today need to understand that a Godís love does not contradict or nullify Godís justice. Like Israel, there is no escape for us if we refuse to repent.
Israelís Rejection (Amos 4:6-11).
After you have been kind to someone for so long by supplying their every need and they repay you by abuse, hatred, and evasiveness, what are you left to do. This was the situation that God found himself in when dealing with Israel. He blessed them with homes, land, families and food. Instead of showing gratitude, the people turned to false and impotent gods and idols, rejecting God. So God began to withhold His blessings. He withheld the blessing of food (v. 6). He stopped the rain (vv. 7-8). God even brought crop failure to an already starving people (v. 9). He allowed pestilence, wars, and destruction to come to their cities (vv. 10-11).
As each blessing disappeared, God waited for their repentance, but each time they rejected God. He lamented their choice, "Yet you did not return to me."
If we like those of Paulís day despise the blessings of God and do not allow His goodness to lead us to repent, what will God do to us (Rom. 2:4)? Will all our blessings dry up? The the source of good gifts turn His back on our backs (Jas. 1:17)? The gleam of light is that God wants us to be saved. He wants to bless us. And even when we forget Him, reject Him, and despise Him, He continues to do what He can to elicit our repentance. Godís love and dedication to our salvation is constant (2 Pet. 3:9).
Israelís Final Warning (Amos 4:12-13)
This is my favorite part. Once God took back all His blessings
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