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Itís nice that God restored the fallen tent of David as he promised to do, but how does that make our lives better today? Isnít reading this text from Amos a bit like watching a home-improvement show? Itís interesting and you learn a few things but itís not your house their working on so thereís nothing to get too excited about, right? Actually our text has everything to do with the quality of our lives today, for God not only promised to restore the fallen tent of David, he promised to restore the fallen descendants of Adam. Listen. ďThe days are coming,Ē declares the LORD, ďwhen the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills. 14 I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. 15 I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,Ē says the LORD your GodĒ (Amos 9:13-15).
I know what youíre thinking. Youíre thinking that the verses I just read have nothing to do with fallen descendants of Adam and everything to do with Davidís descendants, the Israelites. Yes, some of what Amos said was fulfilled when God brought the Israelites back from captivity in Babylon, but the other things Amos prophesied apply to all fallen descendants of Adam. You see, prophets like Amos had the habit of talking about New Testament spiritual realities using Old Testament pictures. So when Amos said that in the future the grape harvest would be so abundant that when the grapes were pressed the juice would overflow the collecting vats and run down the mountains, he was illustrating how in Christ spiritual blessings overflow. Isnít that true of forgiveness? It doesnít matter how many sins weíve committed or how big those sins may seem to us, they have all been forgiven in Christ. His cleansing blood is so plentiful and powerful that it cannot be contained. It pours out of his heart like the grape juice in Amosí prophecy poured down the mountain!
Forgiveness is just one blessing we have in Christ. Think of all the other promises God has given us through his Son. God has promised to provide our daily clothes and food. He has promised to protect us and to work everything for our good. He has promised us strength in the midst of trial. He has promised eternal life. Do you remember how else Amos illustrated the wealth of blessings we have in Christ?
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