I might call this study a little unusual for me. As a matter of practice I like to make an effort to keep verses in their textual context, but today I have purposely pulled eight verses out of their respective textual positions in order to consider them as a whole. But wait, it gets worse! I’m not even looking at the whole of each verse! Before you stone me for breaking the “context, context, context” rule, I promise lumping these non-contiguous verses together for consideration will in no way pollute the original meaning. As a matter of fact, considering them ...
And he said:
“The LORD roars from Zion,
And utters His voice from Jerusalem;
The pastures of the shepherds mourn,
And the top of Carmel withers.”
We find the antecedent for the pronoun “he” in verse one to be the prophet Amos. Take note how Amos begins his prophetic message. “The LORD roars from Zion…”. When we read this we understand the LORD to be God. But to the ancient hearers they understood the use of the word in a more specific sense. This was not just God, it was Yahweh (His ...
Amos 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the sheepbreeders of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
Amos 1:1 tells us that this sheep breeder and Arborist (7:14) turned prophet was from a place called Tekoa (תְּקוֹעַ, teqoa', “the place for pitching tents”). Tekoa is almost twelve miles south of Jerusalem.
Although the book of Amos contains words of judgement to more than a single people group, the phrase ...
The book of Amos has only nine chapters and is considered one of the minor prophets. As you may know, the term minor is not referring to the importance of the message, but rather the size of the work. The larger works or the major prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Arguably, Lamentations and Daniel should also be included as major prophets though some would classify them among the “writings”. I leave that argument for others to engage in. Besides Amos the other minor prophets are Hosea, Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum and Habakkuk.
Amos was written ...
In Psalm 139 the psalmist, King David, magnifies a few of God’s attributes. Even though God knows Himself better than we will ever know Him though we spend an eternity with Him, David extols these attributes to God as a means of worship. How blessed we are to be allowed a peek into David’s understanding of, and love for God.
I see three main ideas being communicated in this beautiful work of Hebrew poetry. The first idea is that God knows Man. As we’ve discussed previously, Yahweh thoroughly knows each one of us. The second idea is the omnipresence (everywhere ...
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
Have you spent any time pondering God’s thoughts? How would we know what thoughts God thinks? As humans we are limited to thinking one thought at a time. We may think we have a million things on our minds, but the truth is we can only entertain a single thought at a time. ...
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
“ 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.”
David begins this next discourse (logical chunk of scripture) with two rhetorical questions. It would probably be more accurate to say David asks the same rhetorical question two different ways to make sure his reader clearly understands.
If we were to paraphrase the question it might say, “God, where can I run to get away ...
Psalm 139:5 - 7
Psalm 139:1 - 4 fell easily into a group we can title “God knows us intimately”. A more careful examination of subsequent verses is required in order to arrive at the next logical bite sized chunk of verses to examine. I have identified verses five through seven to be the next discourse we will consider. When we study the scriptures we can, and should zoom into whatever grouping we have marked for the purposes of examination without fear of making a mistake. The reason we can safely group verses, sentences, or passages however we want, is because ...
Let’s make some observations as we work through the first four verses of Psalm 139.
1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. ...