2069.) Amos 9

Jeremiah 29:11

Amos 9    (NIV)

Israel to Be Destroyed

God’s imminent judgment on Israel would not be a mere punitive blow to warn, as God had done often before, but an almost total destruction. The unthinkable was about to happen: Because they had not faithfully consecrated themselves to his lordship, God would uproot his chosen people by the hands of a pagan nation. Even so, if they would repent, there was hope that “the Lord God Almighty (would) have mercy on the remnant.” In fact, the Lord had a glorious future for his people, beyond the impending judgment. The house of David would again rule over Israel—even extend its rule over many nations—and Israel would once more be secure in the promised land, feasting on wine and fruit. The God of Israel, the Lord of history, would not abandon his chosen people or his chosen program of redemption.

–NIV Study Bible notes

I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said:

“Strike the tops of the pillars
so that the thresholds shake.
Bring them down on the heads of all the people;
those who are left I will kill with the sword.
Not one will get away,
none will escape.

You can run but you can’t hide. God says complete destruction is coming because of the sinfulness of the people.

Though they dig down to the depths below,
from there my hand will take them.
Though they climb up to the heavens above,
from there I will bring them down.
Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel,
there I will hunt them down and seize them.
Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea,
there I will command the serpent to bite them.
Though they are driven into exile by their enemies,
there I will command the sword to slay them.

“I will keep my eye on them
for harm and not for good. ”

But for those who love God:  “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

2 Chronicles 16:9 (N ASB)

For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.

The Lord, the Lord Almighty—
he touches the earth and it melts,
and all who live in it mourn;
the whole land rises like the Nile,
then sinks like the river of Egypt;
he builds his lofty palace in the heavens
and sets its foundation on the earth;
he calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out over the face of the land—
the Lord is his name.

“Are not you Israelites
the same to me as the Cushites?”
declares the Lord.
“Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt,
the Philistines from Caphtor
and the Arameans from Kir?

“Surely the eyes of the Sovereign Lord
are on the sinful kingdom.
I will destroy it
from the face of the earth.
Yet I will not totally destroy
the descendants of Jacob,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will give the command,
and I will shake the people of Israel
among all the nations
as grain is shaken in a sieve,
and not a pebble will reach the ground.

“I think I see you, poor believer, tossed about like that wheat, up and down, right and left, in the sieve, and in the air, never resting. Perhaps it is suggested to you, ‘God is very angry with me.’ No, the farmer is not angry with his wheat when he casts it up and down in the sieve, and neither is God angry with you; this you shall see one day when the light shall show that love ruled in all your griefs.”

–Charles Haddon Spurgeon

10 All the sinners among my people
will die by the sword,
all those who say,
‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’

Israel’s Restoration

Suddenly — “hope and a future”!

11 “In that day

“I will restore David’s fallen shelter —
I will repair its broken walls
and restore its ruins —
and will rebuild it as it used to be,
12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom
and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, ”
declares the Lord, who will do these things.

James, the brother of Jesus, quoted Amos 9:11-12 at the Council of Jerusalem. He used this passage to demonstrate that God promised to reach the Gentiles and to bring them into His kingdom under the Messiah, not under Israel.

13 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman
and the planter by the one treading grapes.

. . . meaning that the planter and harvester will trip over each other due to the incredible fertility and abundance.

New wine will drip from the mountains
and flow from all the hills,
14     and I will bring my people Israel back from exile.

fertile northern Israel today

“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,”

says the Lord your God.

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Music:

So the book of Amos, full of warnings and threats, ends with glorious promises of God’s loving restoration and abundance!  HERE  is “Song of Reconciliation”  as sung by Susan Ashton, Margaret Becker, and Christine Dente on the album Along the Road.

Where there is love there is a peace
And in the cages that bind the bitter heart it is release
Hold it close to your chest, let it move and let it rest
For it is here to set your mind at ease
Where there is love there is a peace

Where there is hope there is a dream
To rise above, to remit and to redeem
To go back, to go where there’s no hurt or anger there
To find the song that you once could sing
Where there is hope there is a dream

Where there is faith there is a chance
To alter the course and fight the winds of circumstance
Not to scar, but mend, not to break, but to bend
And not to know but to understand
Where there is faith there is a chance
Where there is hope there is a dream
Where there is love there is a peace

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New International Version (NIV)   Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
Jeremiah 29:11.  https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/jeremiah29-11.jpg
does God care?  http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/scripture/does_god_care.jpg
Jesus cares.   http://jesuscaresforyou.org/gallery/82f5356b06974a04cb1c55d150ac2b3e_280x180.png
Israel today.  http://cdn.greenprophet.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/north-israel-solar-clouds11.jpg
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