This is What the Lord Says, Part One
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This is What the Lord Says, Part One

From Series: The Lion's Roar

Amos 1:3-16  (ID: 1355)

As Amos proclaimed God’s message, he first addressed the nations surrounding God’s people. The fact that these were pagan nations did not exclude them from God’s providence or excuse them from accountability for their actions. Alistair Begg explains that all people have God’s moral law written within them. Ignorance or unbelief of God’s Word will not spare us from His judgment since He created us with an innate sense of right and wrong.


3Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of Damascus,

and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,3

because they have threshed Gilead

with threshing sledges of iron.

4So I will send a fire upon the house of Hazael,

and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.

5I will break the gate-bar of Damascus,

and cut off the inhabitants from the Valley of Aven,4

and him who holds the scepter from Beth-eden;

and the people of Syria shall go into exile to Kir,”

says the Lord.

6Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of Gaza,

and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,

because they carried into exile a whole people

to deliver them up to Edom.

7So I will send a fire upon the wall of Gaza,

and it shall devour her strongholds.

8I will cut off the inhabitants from Ashdod,

and him who holds the scepter from Ashkelon;

I will turn my hand against Ekron,

and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish,”

says the Lord God.

9Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of Tyre,

and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,

because they delivered up a whole people to Edom,

and did not remember the covenant of brotherhood.

10So I will send a fire upon the wall of Tyre,

and it shall devour her strongholds.”

11Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of Edom,

and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,

because he pursued his brother with the sword

and cast off all pity,

and his anger tore perpetually,

and he kept his wrath forever.

12So I will send a fire upon Teman,

and it shall devour the strongholds of Bozrah.”

13Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of the Ammonites,

and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,

because they have ripped open pregnant women in Gilead,

that they might enlarge their border.

14So I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah,

and it shall devour her strongholds,

with shouting on the day of battle,

with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind;

15and their king shall go into exile,

he and his princes5 together,”

says the Lord.

Copyright © 2020, 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.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.