Amos 6:5 Music, Like David

Amos 6:5 (KJV)
That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

I suppose things never change and never have. Gill writes of this verse, “…not content with old ones, such as were used in former times, they invented new instruments and new tunes, and new songs to sing to them; as David made songs and invented several instruments of music to sing them upon and to, in religious worship, and for the praise and glory of God; so these men invented new ones to indulge their carnal mirth and jollity, in which they thought themselves to be justified by the example of David.”

This condemnation came upon the people of the Northern kingdom. They believed they had the right to invent their own instruments and compose their own songs. They even went so far as to use David as the justification. “If David could, why can’t we?”

I am in no position to argue why one’s music is better than another’s. I can point out that a David has a heart after God and these people had hearts of rebellion. They claimed a love for the Lord, but their actions said otherwise. 

That’s where I am with new music. Those who compose the newer kinds of music, and whose testimony is one of rebellion against the former things, have, in my opinion, disqualified themselves as creators of Godly music. 

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Amos 5:18-20 To What End?

Amos 5:18-20 (KJV)
Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.
As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

If it were not that this is the very Word of God, I would hesitate to draw attention to it. God chides them for hoping in His coming because there was no hope for them in it. Oh, His coming is a hopeful thing, but only for those who are prepared to meet their God. To all others it will be dark and terrible.

I see a parallel in so many today who speak about the coming of the Lord or who expect that they will go to heaven when they die, but they are not prepared. Eternity, with all its promises, holds no great treasures for them because, well, that’s not where they are going. Without Jesus Christ they are without hope. 

  • They might not believe it. 
  • They might choose to ignore it. 
  • They might think it is not right of God to do it. 

The truth is, those who have lived in sin and without Christ have only the blackness and torment of hell to look forward to. 

But there is hope. Romans 10:13 (KJV) 
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved

  • If you are concerned about your future, accept and obey this promise. 
  • If you are without Christ and not concerned, then you are a matter of my prayer. 
  • If you are saved and have eternal hope, then I am grateful for you. 

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Amos 3:3 Agreement Happens When We Repent

Amos 3:3 (KJV)
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

The obvious answer, and the one God solicits of them, is, “No. They cannot.”

This is the purpose of the chastening God brings upon Israel. His judgment is not out of anger. He is not attempting to execute vengeance upon them. God’s purpose is simple; He seeks fellowship with them. That fellowship requires agreement. Agreement must come through their repentance.

This is the tenor of the whole of the Bible. God’s great goal, His purpose in the plan for the ages, is agreement with man. God seeks our fellowship, that we walk together with Him. That only happens with agreement. Agreement happens when we repent and turn to him. 

Repentance is the result of the positive response to chastening.

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Joel 3:14 Decision Today

Joel 3:14 (KJV)
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

My understanding of prophecy, and of this chapter, places it at the end of the Tribulation and just prior to the Millennial Kingdom. Jesus has defeated the armies of Antichrist and set down at the Mount of Olives. He has established His throne in Jerusalem and is preparing for His reign. But first, He must ensure that only a saved people enter into the kingdom. 

The passage corresponds to Matthew 25:31-33 (KJV) 
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left

And to Matthew 13:47-50 (KJV) 
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 

There are multitudes in the valley of decision, and it is Jesus doing the deciding. Some to everlasting condemnation and the some to the joys of His kingdom.

Those in the valley will be subject to the decision of Christ. But each of one has the right of decision today. You may come to Christ now and know your eternity is secure. If you reject Christ or choose to ignore the call to come to Him, He will decide for you. And He will decide against you. 

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Joel 2:28-29 God’s Spirit

Joel 2:28-29 (KJV)
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

The Charismatics and Pentecostals have hijacked many passages of Scripture and often left those of sound faith hesitant to claim them as their own. This passage is one of them. 

In Acts 2:16-21 Peter clearly applies Joel’s prophecy to the events of the day of Pentecost. The Charismatics claim it has to do with ecstatic tongues. They are mistaken. 

I see in the passage:

An equality of faith

  • Young and old, male and female
  • Masters and servants

All having the same Spirit.

A work of faith
All of them “shall prophesy.” 

This is forth telling and not foretelling. Every believer has the ability to tell others what they have learned from the Word of God and have the assurance of the Holy Spirit’s enablement in doing it. 

A result of this faith
Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”It is not everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord but everyone who does is saved. 

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Hosea 13:1 Worshiping the World’s Way

Hosea 13:1 (KJV)
When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.

Several companion passages come to mind:
Proverbs 16:18 (KJV)
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 

Luke 14:11 (KJV)
For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. 

What seems interesting is what might be called the pride of Hosea’s passage – “when he offended in Baal…” Cambridge Bible Notes claims that this is not the worship of the Phoenician god, but of ascribing to Jehovah the worship of the false gods of the northern regions. They had not technically abandoned the God of Israel; they had merely begun to worship Him the way the pagans had worshipped their false gods.

The destructive pride of Ephraim assumed that God could be pleased with a contemporary form of worship – one that was more like what the culture and norms of the location were used to. 

Does this not seem to be the nature of worship these days?

  • Missionaries often make Christianity fit in with the culture of the land
  • Americans conform their services to the music, dress and visual preferences of the people they hope to attract. 

It is pride that assumes God will accept it as genuine worship. 

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Hosea 11:7-9 The Depth of God’s Mercy

Hosea 11:7-9 (KJV)
And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.
How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.
I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.

At the risk of overwhelming this visit with the words of another I present Albert Barnes Notes, 

“God is infinitely just and infinitely merciful. The two attributes are so united in Him, yea, so one in Him who is always one, and in whose counsels “there is no variableness, nor shadow of turning,” that the one doth not ever thwart the proceeding of the other. Yet, in order to shew that our ills are from our own ill-deserts, not from any pleasure of His in inflicting ill, and that what mercy He sheweth, is from His own goodness, not from any in us, God is represented in this empassioned expression as in doubt, and (so to say) divided between justice and mercy, the one pleading against the other. At the last, God so determines, that both should have their share in the issue, and that Israel should be both justly punished and mercifully spared and relieved.

God pronounces on the evil deserts of Israel, even while He mitigates His sentence. The depth of the sinner’s guilt reflects the more vividly the depth of God’s mercy.”

God’s wisdom and will are without wavering. Just as He is represented as a hen, gathering her babies under her wings,[1](but we know He is not a hen and has no wings) so He is represented as “divided between justice and mercy.” We know He is not divided but for our sakes He says it. 

“The depth of the sinner’s guilt reflects the more vividly the depth of God’s mercy.”


[1]Matthew 23:37 (KJV)
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

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Hosea 10:1 Phoney Fruit

Hosea 10:1 (KJV)
Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.

What a powerful and picturesque passage. Albert Barnes describes it as a vine that has luxurious leaves, splendid to look at, but void of fruit. It has expended all its growth on vines but has nothing left for fruit.

This is so often the case with modern Christianity. We have developed systems so that we grow to ourselves. We have: 

  • Preaching with eloquence, 
  • Buildings of splendor, 
  • Congregations in the multitudes. 

We have professing believers, and money to finance our projects. We advertise our programs in periodicals and invite others to come learn from us. But we are shallow, without doctrine, of little influence in the world.

In many cases we have defined our own fruit. We have decided for ourselves what is valuable produce. In so doing we have avoided the hard truth that we are without that which the Lord values. 

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Hosea 7:9 We Must Give Account to God

Hosea 7:9 (KJV)
Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.

God addresses two issues concerning Ephraim:[1]

  • Compromise had weakened them
  • The end was nearing them

The thing about each of these is that they did not realize it.

Like Samson, whose lust had left him powerless, but he did not know it, Ephraim’s relationships with pagans, pagan religion, and reliance on pagan strength, had drained them of the power of God. Samson thought he would rise up and defeat his enemies as he always had. He wist not that his power was gone[2]. The same was true of Israel.

Day after day they continued on as they always had. Day after day they believed themselves to be safe, to be in good hands, to have God, if you will, forever at their disposal. In reality, each passing day left them with fewer days to survive. Day by day a new gray hair came on, here and there, a little at a time, slowly, imperceptibly. They could not see, or refused to acknowledge, that their time was drawing to a close.

Now learn a lesson. 

  • Though we may ignore God’s Word and keep up relations with worldliness. 
  • Though we may think we have gotten away with our disobedience and 
  • Though we may believe we can continue in our disobedient course “forever”

Day by day, just as our body wears out a little bit at a time, so does the liberty and the grace of God. Those acts of disobedience drain us of the blessings of God and our cup of iniquity fills. Our strength grows less, and our days grow fewer until one day, sooner than any of us might expect, we must give an account to God.


[1]In this case, a reference to the Northern Kingdom of Israel.

[2]Judges 16:20 (KJV)
And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

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Hosea 6:6 Not Sacrifice

Hosea 6:6 (KJV)
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

I know some folks who need to get this. While the Old Testament law had some benefit[1]it was never God’s intention, God’s desire for men to hold to it. God desires mercy and not sacrifice, a relationship with Him and not religious ritual.

There have always been those who, in one form or another, fall back on religion: sacrifice and offerings. It seems, in our modern rebellion against the faith of our fathers, many are turning back to the old heresy of the Judaizers; those who attempted to mix Christianity with Judaism.

To them I present these passages:

1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Psalms 40:6 (KJV)
Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

Psalms 51:16 (KJV)
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

Proverbs 21:3 (KJV)
To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Isaiah 1:11 (KJV)
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

Jeremiah 7:22-23 (KJV)
For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.


[1]It was to point to Christ; its precepts picture the perfection of Christ and its demands teach us that righteousness cannot come by the Law. We need an advocate – Jesus Christ.

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