Amos proclaimed God’s message at a time that was marked by material prosperity, moral perversity, and spiritual complacency. In this context, he warned God’s people that the Sovereign Lord would not be mocked and that His patience was running out. Alistair Begg echoes Amos’ warning to today’s Church, noting that God does not make idle threats and He will not tolerate spoiled children. We must urgently seek reconciliation with Him while there is still time.
1Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:
2“You only have I known
of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
for all your iniquities.
3“Do two walk together,
unless they have agreed to meet?
4Does a lion roar in the forest,
when he has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from his den,
if he has taken nothing?
5Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth,
when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
when it has taken nothing?
6Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
Does disaster come to a city,
unless the Lord has done it?
7“For the Lord God does nothing
without revealing his secret
to his servants the prophets.
8The lion has roared;
who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken;
who can but prophesy?”
Copyright © 2021, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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.