Amos 3:2 “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”
Israel was God’s chosen people, the ones whom He chose to work through to bring about the reconciliation of Himself and man. He didn’t make a backup plan of any other people. When they chose to rebel and disobey, He had no option but to bring judgment upon them. Fortunately for them, God is extremely patient and full of mercy. Even when He had to punish them, He would bring them back. And He never forgets nor goes back on a promise. The entire body of Last Days prophecy is Him fulfilling His promise to Abraham.
3 “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”
Nice nugget. Sounds like it should come out of the Proverbs.
7 “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”
Not to say that God tells us everything about what He is doing. But He warned the people of their coming judgment before He brought it. They had a chance to repent and return to Him and avoid the judgment.
9 “…palaces at Ashdod…the land of Egypt…”
Even the Philistines and Egyptians will be able to look upon Israel and see the evil of the oppression, so bad were her sins.
10 “…they do not know to do right…”
The people had become so callous in their dealings, they acted as thought they didn’t even know how to do right rather than evil.
11 “…An adversary shall be all around the land…”
The city was besieged before it was taken.
12 “…As a shepherd takes from the mouth of a lion Two legs or a piece of an ear, So shall the children of Israel be taken out Who dwell in Samaria…”
Only bits and pieces of the people may escape the coming destruction. Some were left behind, some were able to flee, but most were carried away into captivity or destroyed.
12 “…Who dwell in Samaria—In the corner of a bed and on the edge of a couch”
Social status won’t matter. Those who have been living the rich life at the expense of the poor will be taken just like everyone else.
14 “…I will also visit destruction on the altars of Bethel; And the horns of the altar shall be cut off…”
When Jeroboam was given the northern kingdom to rule, he didn’t want the people returning to Jerusalem to worship at the temple, lest he lose some of them. So he set up golden calves at Bethel as idols for the people to worship and told the people they were the gods who did everything for them. Somewhat mind-boggling to think. He had been given the opportunity to rule over God’s people, or a portion of them, yet he immediately turned away from God and instructed the people to do the same. How stupid can you get.
15 “…The houses of ivory shall perish…”
Destruction of the wealth of the people built on the oppression of the poor.
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.