Amos spoke to God’s people at a time when luxury and self-indulgence took priority over holiness, prayerfulness, and seeking God. He pointed out that they were a powerless people because their disobedience had alienated them from God and provoked Him to turn against them. Alistair Begg reviews the causes of divine alienation and warns that when we tolerate sin in our lives, God may turn His face from us and render us helpless before our enemies.
9Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod
and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,
and say, “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria,
and see the great tumults within her,
and the oppressed in her midst.”
10“They do not know how to do right,” declares the Lord,
“those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.”
11Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“An adversary shall surround the land
and bring down1 your defenses from you,
and your strongholds shall be plundered.”
12Thus says the Lord: “As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part2 of a bed.
13“Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob,”
declares the Lord God, the God of hosts,
14“that on the day I punish Israel for his transgressions,
I will punish the altars of Bethel,
and the horns of the altar shall be cut off
and fall to the ground.
15I will strike the winter house along with the summer house,
and the houses of ivory shall perish,
and the great houses3 shall come to an end,”
declares the Lord.
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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.