Amos 9:1 “I saw the Lord standing by the altar…”
Wonder what form He took. Doesn’t say, but probably that of the pre-incarnate Christ. He’s standing by the altar of the false gods, one of the ones built for the calves Jeroboam set up, and He’s pronouncing judgment upon them. Shows God’s power over all. No false god can stop Him from doing anything He pleases.
4 “…I will set My eyes on them for harm and not for good”
That is a terrifying statement. Reminds me of Jonathan Edwards sermon, Sinners in the hands of an angry God. God normally tries to reassure us He is looking out for our best. But to think we have made Him so angry or have abused His patience to the point that He’s seeking our harm and not good should chill us to the bone. As Jesus said, don’t fear man who can only kill the body, fear the one who, after He kills the body, can throw body and soul into hell.
7 “Are you not like the people of Ethiopia to Me…”
Interesting section. God is saying in effect that He is Lord of all, and the Israelites are like those of Ethiopia and Philistia and Syria. Usually the message conveyed is how God chose the people of Israel to be His. But in this case, He’s letting them know their place in His plan does not exempt them from judgment of their sin. He moves all peoples around the planet as He sees fit, and their righteousness or their sin doesn’t escape His sight.
8 “…I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob…”
He always leaves a remnant. He always keeps His promises.
9-10 “…not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground. All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword…”
He sees all. He saves the righteous, but judges the sinners. Doesn’t mean that the righteous don’t sometimes suffer along with the sinners. Sin never touches just one or two. Drunk drivers kill innocent people. Non-combatants die in war just like soldiers. But none of it escapes God’s eyes. He brings all of it to His will.
11 “…tabernacle of David…”
David’s royal line. Will seem to disappear for a time, but will be brought back in Christ.
12 “…all the Gentiles who are called by My name…”
Not just the Israelites who belong to Him, but all men. God wants a relationship with all people. Someday all men will be united in Him. It has begun in Christ and will be completed when He returns.
13 “…When the plowman shall overtake the reaper…”
Love this picture. The abundance shall be so great, the reaper will still be trying to harvest the last crops when the plowman needs to start plowing for the next ones.
15 “I will plant them in their land, And no longer shall they be pulled up…”
The day is coming when the people shall be brought back into the land, never to be exiled again. We may have seen that take place in our lifetime as Israel became a nation in 1948. If we are living in the last days, they will remain there until Christ returns. What a day!
15 “…From the land I have given them…”
Israel has rights to the land because God gave it to them. Doesn’t matter what man does, it will always be theirs. God gave it to them for an everlasting possession.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.