Amos – Chapter 9 – Incredible Provision

If we define exaggeration as inflating the facts about a thing to the point of distorting the truth about that which is represented, then we can know for sure that God never exaggerates. We know that God does not distort the truth because of the declaration found in Numbers 23:19.           19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,    Nor a son of man, that He should repent.    Has He said, and will He not do?    Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?   Keep in mind the above verse as you read the following ...

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Amos – Chapter 9 – Conclusions in Review

I hope you have had the rewarding experience of having a conclusion you’ve reached concerning the Word of God challenged and consequently changed. You haven’t changed your conclusion because some skilled arguer has persuaded you to conclude something different. You’ve changed your conclusion because you have studied the text closer, and examined new evidence. You’ve applied sound study methods, prayed and asked for the Holy Spirit to illuminate and reveal the truth and the light came on causing your understanding to become clearer. Maybe you don’t see having ...

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Amos – Chapter 9 – Final Judgement

I hope you make a regular practice of having the word of God open as you consider any Biblical message. You will definitely want to have Amos chapter nine handy because I will not include every verse I reference in this post. As a matter of fact, you will want to read Amos chapter nine before considering my comments. In the Last vision, Amos saw of the Lord, the Lord was standing by the altar as recorded in Amos 9:1. The first time Amos sees the Lord in a vision the Lord is standing on a wall. If we examine 7:7-9 and put the context clues together it seems the Lord ...

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Amos – Chapter 9 – Say This!

A faithful preacher or teacher of the word of God must be careful to not change the emphasis made by the original author as he works his way through the text. Changing the focus can very easily change the message. Having said that, as we study through the word of God there are times when we zoom in microscopically to inspect a particular detail, temporarily ignoring all other details. We do this in order to increase our understanding of the whole passage. We must then zoom back out and consider the rest of the passage in light of what we discovered being careful to ...

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Amos – Chapter 8 – Famine!

When you study, or even just read the Bible devotionally you must consider the original biblical audience or you run the very real risk of misunderstanding, and therefore misapplying God's word! You cannot “rightly divide” the word of God if you read it and immediately try to apply it in the modern day world. You must consider the original Biblical audience. In order to keep the text in context, one must ask questions like, “To whom was this passage we are studying written? What did it mean to them? Do principles exist in the passage which are timeless in nature ...

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Amos – Chapter 8 – Mourning not Morning

You may remember in Amos 8:5 the people of the Northern Kingdom were expressing they couldn’t wait for the religious feasts to be done so they could return to their wicked ways. They couldn’t wait to cheat and abuse the poor among them as they had always done. Remember, their wickedness was a direct sin against God, and against mankind made in the image of God. This was pure rebellion. We talked about verse nine “in that day” referring to the future day of the Lord’s judgment. God responds to the wicked desires of their hearts in verse ten, by declaring what ...

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Amos – Chapter 8 – In that Day

If I’ve counted correctly, this is devotional post number forty in the book of Amos. A quick peek back to the first post introducing this fascinating little book, reminds us that the book was written around 760 B.C., a mere 38 years before its fulfillment in 722 B.C. when the Northern Kingdom was conquered by the Assyrians. Sadly, this ten of twelve tribes of Israel never has come back together as a people group, let alone a nation. Even today they seem all but forgotten.   But wait, you say, “Israel was in the land during the time of Jesus as portrayed ...

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Amos – The Power of I don’t Know

I suppose I could choose to write about cultural issues impacting our lives today.  I could keep the message of these devotional posts up to date and modern. You know, something relevant to us living in today’s tumultuous world. I could find a verse or two that supports what I want to say and avoid the tough stuff. I think I could justify writing like that, after all, I’m not a Pastor, or a commentator, or expositor. These are devotional posts. I could keep it light, encouraging, and contemporary, leaving the tough stuff to my Pastor to deal with from his pulpit...

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Amos Chapter 8 – Fear

From our perspective, Amos chapter eight is a heartbreaking historical record of God’s judgment upon the nation of Israel. However, to the original biblical audience, it was a proclamation of future events. This proclamation of pending doom starts, interestingly enough with what will happen in the temple. The temple should have been filled with songs of praise and worship for a Holy God. The temple will instead resound with mournful deep crying the author calls “wailing”. Instead of people full of life living free before a Holy God the temple will be filled with ...

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Amos – Chapter 8 – Cornucopia

I love the fact that the Lexham English Bible (LEB) puts God’s Hebrew name Yahweh in where it belongs in the biblical text instead of using the English words Lord or God, which is why I chose it for this article. If you are unfamiliar with the LEB translation feel free to compare it to the translation you normally study. I would also encourage you to look up words in the source languages (Hebrew/Greek) to compare the LEB translation to the original biblical languages. I find the Lexham English Bible to be a very solid and good translation. You can check it out ...

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