June 3, 2001
Amos 1 & 2
Today we have a history lesson. It has been said that
“Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it”
For what it is worth department - God’s words are to
be desired more than fine gold” - Ps. 19:10
Amos prophesied around 787 B. C. picking up where
Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha and the likes left off.
Jereboam/Red Flag but not the one of scripture
called proverbially “Jereboam, the son of Nebat, who
made Israel to sin”
I Kings 22:52 II Kings 3:3, 10:29, 13:11, 14:24,
15:9,18,24,28, 17:21, 23:15
If it was, I would be emphasizing “who is making
America to sin today” - of course the answer would
be it’s leadership in the Supreme Court and liberal
or radical leaders in Congress and the general
populace who love to have it so. Jer. 5:31
I guess the central focus today is Amos 2:4
When did he prophesy? When Israel’s prosperity
was at its height and idolatry & corruption at its worst!
II Kings 17:7-23 Acted like they knew not the Lord - Alien
to all this: Judges 2:10, 1-3, 6-9, 11 B. C. 721
Ignorance like the days of the people of Gibeah
in Judges 20:34 & days of Eli’s sons in I Samuel 3:12
Conditions came to II Chron. 36:14-16 593 B. C.
I wouldn’t count on the time frame as a parallel since
Jesus said “this generation shall not pass until all be
fulfilled” - Matthew 24:34 in reference to v. 3, same ch.
You are welcome to take your chances, be ye so foolish!
“the way of the transgressors is hard” - Prov. 13:15
“sin when it is finished brings death” - James 1:15b
“be sure your sins will find you out” - Numbers 32:23
“we wrestle .... against spiritual wickedness in high places”
Ephesians 6:12 End game - Chess - Illegal Move
“Then Manasseh knew that the Lord, He was God”
II Chron. 33:13
“they that handle the Law knew me not” - Jer. 2:8
“serve other gods whom they knew not” - Jer. 44:3
Ignorant as to what they are getting into - IT IS
IMPOSSIBLE TO SERVE ANYONE OTHER THAN
JEHOVAH - He made it that way.
Is it fair for God to create man that way, those that will
can have life, those that refuse will have eternal death.
Or, are you of the mindset that it is it only fair for
Hollywood producers to have freedom
of expression and rights to all their works?
And leave me alone, I will do things my way?
Matt. 24:39 describes the people in Noah’s day
as not knowing until the Flood came and took
them away to meet their Maker if not Master.
As a footnote, it says “so shall the coming of
the Son of Man be”
First, we have here in Amos 1 & 2, the judgment
pronounced by God on the heathen nations round
about God’s people.
v. 2 - Some count silence as evidence of there being
no God or else weakness.
Beware lest that come upon you that depicted in
Eccl. 8:11 - “Because sentence against an evil work
is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the
sons of men is fully set in them to do evil”
“God is not slack concerning His promise, as some
men count slackness but is longsuffering to usward,
not willing that any should perish but that ALL should
come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9
A lion does not roar when he is set on his prey but
when seizing it - v. 2 says that “the Lord will roar
from Jerusalem” - here is God’s dwelling place, not
from Dan or Bethel but from the place will come
either Salvation or Destruction - which is it for you ?
Speech followed by action - what did we learn in
I Sam. 3:12 - “when I begin, I will also make an end”
We have here a summons, a warrant, a subpoena,
a court order to the heathen nations.
In these two chapters are a lot of repetition.
Three, four, many sins could be enumerated in each case.
v. 3 - “I will not turn away the punishment thereof” -
Literally, I will not reverse it! I will no longer disregard
its sins. Romans 1:28-32
v. 4 - “I will send a fire” - vs. 6, 10, 12, 14, 2:2
Which shall devour! vs. 7, 10, 12, 14, 2:2
“I will break, I will cut off - him that holdeth the sceptre.
“saith the Lord” - vs. 3, 8, 13, 2:3 - Do you know who
you are dealing with?
v. 8 - “I will turn mine hand against” - “remnant shall
perish” - John 3:16
v. 9 - “captivity” - vs. 5, 6, 15
The connection between sin & suffering - came
together, dwell together, die together.
The obverse of ungodliness is inhumanity.
Time will tell the inhumanity of the ungodliness of
liberalism and liberals in the America.
Excellent article in New Era 6/2/2001 by
Scott Johnson, Community Relations Director
of Jenny Stuart Medical Center on liberalism’s
effort to remove religious influence from the
public forum. I commend Scott, just as I did, and continue to
do Father Baker’s courageous, accurate, and
public stand against abortion.
v. 3 - “they have threshed Gilead with
threshing instruments of iron”
v. 13 - “they have ripped up the women with
child of Gilead”
Using instrument for which they were not
designed. agricultural implement, scapels,
forceps, saline solutions!
Who is doing the threshing and ripping today?
Heard this week of Planned Parenthood’s
recruitment on colleges campuses for abortionist
God is against thee and you will know when He
roars as in days of old!
Balaam’s testimony in Numbers 23:19 - “God is
not man, that He should lie; neither the son of man,
that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He
not do it? or hath He spoken and shall He not
make it good?
v. 14 - “day of the whirlwind” - Hosea 8:7a - “For
they have sown the wind, and they shall
reap the whirlwind:”
“Moab” - begotten in drunkenness, conceived in
lewdness, their chance of inheriting a
healthy physical, mental or moral
organization was very small.
It was from their number that a large portion
of Solomon’s harem was recruited and his
women was what did him in.
“Whoredom and wine take away the heart”
Our besetting sins are likely to be those of our
forefathers, should be all the more rooted out lest we
transmit to posterity the heritage of sin & shame.
Ruth broke away, it can be done!
In these two chapters capitol cities are prominent.
Capitols are centers of opinion and are largely
responsible for molding national sentiment,
i.e. - Congressmen, senators, Presidents, Justices
on the Supreme Court, Cabinet members &
This should be Red Flags in Washington - this
being written 150 yrs. ago - we ought to be up
with the times in our reconnaissance, CIA, public &
private Senate and House hearings, Supreme
Court deliberations, but nope, Hollywood and
Washington sways the day but also are national
centers of sin and corruption.
v. 1 - “burned into lime” - an impotent attempt
grasping at eternal vengeance.
v. 2 - “Moab shall die”
v. 3 - “I will cut off the judge... & slay all the
The nations judged because of the way they
dealt with Israel, Israel and Judah denounced
for sins against God.
vs. 3-4 - summons of Judah v. 6 - summons of
v. 4 - “despised” - drift disliked, authority spurned.
What a man outwardly disobeys he has begun by
inwardly despising. What he begins by despising, he
naturally goes on to disobey. It is in the heart that the
eggs are hatched, which in later stages, are the birds
of evil doing.
It is at the door of the heart that the wise man will
mount guard. Proverbs 4:23 - “Keep thy heart with
all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Abrogation of God’s authority, denial of His very
“caused them to error” - wrong beliefs leads to
wrong action - it is impossible to steer a
right course with the wrong navigational
There is no right way to do the wrong thing!
All sin is really at the bottom of self-worship. We
prefer ourselves to God; our will, our pleasure, our
way, to His. We push Him off the throne, and place
ourselves on it, and then do as we wish.
Only grace can lead us to say, “not my will, but
thine be done.”
v. 6 - who knows the background of judicial system in US
v. 9 - Total destruction - God protests Israel’s ingratitude
II Peter 3:8-15a Jeremiah 5:25-31 Ps. 130:3-8, 1,2
vs. 11-12 - Two spiritual forces - holy speakers, holy doers
holy teaching, holy lives.
Is. 28:15-18, Luke 20:17-18
vs. 14-16 - Climax of absurdity thinking one can escape.
Refrain - “deliver himself” - days of self-help & looking
deep within - “it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps”
“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the end
thereof are the ways of death” Proverbs 14:12