Summary: The visions of Amos - God’s Warnings - Locusts, Fire, A Plumb Line, and Ripe Fruit
Dakota Community Church
May 23, 2010
As we wrap up the final three chapters of the book of Amos (Which in all honesty could take several weeks) we will be looking at some important recurring scriptural themes. These will include:
• God’s warnings of impending judgment – the visions of Amos
• God’s mercy triumphing over judgment
• Human opposition to God as judge and to His messengers of judgment
• Ultimate fulfillment of justice
• Salvation of a faithful remnant
1. God’s warning – locusts, fire, a plumb line & ripe fruit
1 This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts after the king’s share had been harvested and just as the second crop was coming up. 2 When they had stripped the land clean, I cried out, "Sovereign LORD, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!"
3 So the LORD relented. "This will not happen," the LORD said.
4 This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: The Sovereign LORD was calling for judgment by fire; it dried up the great deep and devoured the land. 5 Then I cried out, "Sovereign LORD, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!"
6 So the LORD relented.
"This will not happen either," the Sovereign LORD said.
7 This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the LORD asked me, "What do you see, Amos?"
"A plumb line," I replied.
Then the Lord said, "Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.
9 "The high places of Isaac will be destroyed and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined; with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam."
1 This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. 2 "What do you see, Amos?" he asked.
"A basket of ripe fruit," I answered.
Then the LORD said to me, "The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.
3 "In that day," declares the Sovereign LORD, "the songs in the temple will turn to wailing. Many, many bodies—flung everywhere! Silence!"
“Many, many bodies flung everywhere!”
Should God really be doing this kind of thing? Flinging bodies around; let’s be honest this offends our modern sensibilities. We read the Old Testament and think, “God is a horrible bully.”
How do we arrive at wrong conclusions? We begin with our opinion and look for counterfeits.
We are supposed to begin with the Word of God and bend our opinions to it, studying the original – the revealed word.
The problem is we have lost the understanding of just how serious sin is.
With that gone we cannot arrive at an accurate picture of justice.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
Notice how we are wired for the law. Pre-fall that is all we needed; just obey the one law!
The promise was DEATH – now.
Open treason against God is JUSTLY punished by death.