LIFe with God: July 1

Posted on July 1, 2011

Scripture

Amos 1-2 (NET)

(1:1) The following is a record of what Amos prophesied. He was one of the herdsmen from Tekoa. These prophecies about Israel were revealed to him during the time of King Uzziah of Judah and King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

(2) Amos said:
“The LORD comes roaring out of Zion;
from Jerusalem he comes bellowing!
The shepherds’ pastures wilt;
the summit of Carmel withers.”

(3) This is what the LORD says:
“Because Damascus has committed three crimes — make that four! —
I will not revoke my decree of judgment.
They ripped through Gilead like threshing sledges with iron teeth.
(4) So I will set Hazael’s house on fire;
fire will consume Ben Hadad’s fortresses.
(5) I will break the bar on the gate of Damascus.
I will remove the ruler from Wicked Valley,
the one who holds the royal scepter from Beth Eden.
The people of Aram will be deported to Kir.”
The LORD has spoken!

(6) This is what the LORD says:
“Because Gaza has committed three crimes — make that four! —
I will not revoke my decree of judgment.
They deported a whole community and sold them to Edom.
(7) So I will set Gaza’s city wall on fire;
fire will consume her fortresses.
(8) I will remove the ruler from Ashdod,
the one who holds the royal scepter from Ashkelon.
I will strike Ekron with my hand;
the rest of the Philistines will also die.”
The sovereign LORD has spoken!

(9) This is what the LORD says:
“Because Tyre has committed three crimes — make that four! —
I will not revoke my decree of judgment.
They sold a whole community to Edom;
they failed to observe a treaty of brotherhood.
(10) So I will set fire to Tyre’s city wall;
fire will consume her fortresses.”

(11) This is what the LORD says:
“Because Edom has committed three crimes — make that four! —
I will not revoke my decree of judgment.
He chased his brother with a sword;
he wiped out his allies.
In his anger he tore them apart without stopping to rest;
in his fury he relentlessly attacked them.
(12) So I will set Teman on fire;
fire will consume Bozrah’s fortresses.”

(13) This is what the LORD says:
“Because the Ammonites have committed three crimes — make that four! —
I will not revoke my decree of judgment.
They ripped open Gilead’s pregnant women
so they could expand their territory.
(14) So I will set fire to Rabbah’s city wall;
fire will consume her fortresses.
War cries will be heard on the day of battle;
a strong gale will blow on the day of the windstorm.
(15) Ammon’s king will be deported;
he and his officials will be carried off together.”
The LORD has spoken!

(2:1) This is what the LORD says:
“Because Moab has committed three crimes — make that four! —
I will not revoke my decree of judgment.
They burned the bones of Edom’s king into lime.
(2) So I will set Moab on fire,
and it will consume Kerioth’s fortresses.
Moab will perish in the heat of battle
amid war cries and the blaring of the ram’s horn.
(3) I will remove Moab’s leader;
I will kill all Moab’s officials with him.”
The LORD has spoken!

(4) This is what the LORD says:
“Because Judah has committed three covenant transgressions — make that four! —
I will not revoke my decree of judgment.
They rejected the LORD’s law;
they did not obey his commands.
Their false gods, to which their fathers were loyal,
led them astray.
(5) So I will set Judah on fire,
and it will consume Jerusalem’s fortresses.”

(6) This is what the LORD says:
“Because Israel has committed three covenant transgressions — make that four! —
I will not revoke my decree of judgment.
They sold the innocent for silver,
the needy for a pair of sandals.
(7) They trample on the dirt-covered heads of the poor;
they push the destitute away.
A man and his father go to the same girl;
in this way they show disrespect for my moral purity.
(8) They stretch out on clothing seized as collateral;
they do so right beside every altar!
They drink wine bought with the fines they have levied;
they do so right in the temple of their God!
(9) For Israel’s sake I destroyed the Amorites.
They were as tall as cedars
and as strong as oaks,
but I destroyed the fruit on their branches
and their roots in the ground.
(10) I brought you up from the land of Egypt;
I led you through the wilderness for forty years
so you could take the Amorites’ land as your own.
(11) I made some of your sons prophets
and some of your young men Nazirites.
Is this not true, you Israelites?”
The LORD is speaking!

(12) “But you made the Nazirites drink wine;
you commanded the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy!’
(13) Look! I will press you down,
like a cart loaded down with grain presses down.
(14) Fast runners will find no place to hide;
strong men will have no strength left;
warriors will not be able to save their lives.
(15) Archers will not hold their ground;
fast runners will not save their lives,
nor will those who ride horses.
(16) Bravehearted warriors will run away naked in that day.”
The LORD is speaking!

Observation

What do we learn about God’s view of justice from this passage?

Application

Do I trust God to know and see the injustice in the world and to handle it in His way in His time? Do I treat others fairly and try to live in such a way that God will not have to cause me to live with the consequences of my own injustice toward them?

Prayer

Dear Lord, We see that You are just in all Your ways, and Your judgments are always perfect and righteous. You even mete out justice against nations that have wronged wicked nations You are also judging! By Your Spirit, help me to stop any unjust or unfair actions I may have fallen into, and please keep me from dealing wrongly with others in the future. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luke)
  • Keith Rast
  • Andrea Rodriguez (Willie, Yulieta)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Community: Pray for Unity in the Body of Christ…

  • that we would be united in our love for Jesus and each other
  • that we would encourage and support each other
  • that we would focus on Biblical principles in every arena of our lives
  • that we would have a spirit of cooperation in outreach
  • that Satan’s divisive strategies would be confounded

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” – Hebrews 13:5 (NET)

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