July 1, 2001
vs. 1-6 - a second woe for those who were satisfied
with the present state of things while reveling
in luxury and fearing no coming judgment?
Zeph. 1:12 Apathy-sitting in lap of luxury in a
day of affluence.
Also, ingratitude for God’s favors.
v. 3 - Self-deception - “put far away the evil day”
Some try not to think about it at all - they refuse
to “consider their latter end” - Deut. 32:29
Jesus said “be ye also ready for the Son of man
cometh at an hour when ye think not” - Luke 12:40
v. 4 - idleness - “stretch themselves upon their couches”
luxury - “lie on beds of ivory” - sex & gluttony
Destruction of the family - careless & interested only
in sex & ease
Having nothing else to occupy their attention, they
concentrate upon themselves
v. 5 - “they chant” - means to prattle, to sing idle songs.
A comparison of David’s music to honor God. David was
a genius whose music was to praise & glorify God!
There were geniuses in Amos’ day but they were not
writing music to the praise & glory of God. It was
music which took people away from God.
v. 6 - “the chief ointments” - such as were used for
the Divine service. Exodus 30:31-34
Underarms - McGee says it was important to use the
right kind of deodorant but it was drunkenness that
was destroying the nation -
Sins of the flesh (sex & gluttony), heathen music
and drunkenness - vs. 4,5,6 - same old story, wine,
women & song.
“they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph”
All wrapped up in their selfish voluptuousness!
To such people, philanthropy & patriotism
HE CAN PLAY COMFORTABLY WHILE ROME BURNS!
Increasing violence - v. 3 - History of Am. Ed. - sex,drugs,
Conscience is silent, strong delusion all around -
II Thess 2:10-12
An unbroken run of prosperity is most unfavorable
to spiritual life
Pride, fullness of bread and abundance of idleness in
Ezekiel 16:49 is a revealed occasion of spiritual declension.
God was lightly esteemed & forsaken when Jeshurun
waxed fat and grew thick - Deut. 32:15
It seems to me that humanity as Coach Woolum would
say "CAN'T STAND PROSPERITY"
FAMILIARITY WITH SIN BREEDS TOLERANCE!
Sin blinds - sin hardens. Never was Israel more corrupt
yet never so recklessly at ease. USA
No surer sign of destruction near than the cry of “peace,
peace”. I Thess. 5:3-4
vs. 7-11 - The people shall go into captivity, be rejected
of God and given over to utter ruin.
v. 8 - “the Lord has sworn by Himself” - God can neither
err or lie - He does what He promises -
What is God’s attitude towards sex, gluttony, degrading
music and drunkenness? He hates them! These things
will take you away from God or keep you from coming to
Him in the first place.
v. 10 - Don’t make mention of the name of the Lord
v. 11 - Trouble in the big houses and in the small houses.
vs. 12-14 - It is easier to change the course of nature
than to change the course of God’s providence
& His laws of retribution.
v. 12 - The foolish devices by which men try to
accomplish the impossible.
Lost time, lost labor, broken implements.
A foolish thing is never attempted in a wise way or for
a wise reason.
THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO DO THE WRONG THING!
Mistaken opinion associates itself with unfitting action.
The idea that nothing is wrong or that man can help himself?
v. 13 - “a thing of nought” - Creation contrasted with the
Creator is a “non-thing” - a vapor, a bubble on the
stream, a ripple in the water, a meteor in the sky,
an unsubstantial thing that passes & leaves no trace!