Amos 7:15 An Unprofessional Preacher

Amos 7:15 (KJV)
And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

The “professional” of Amos’ day, Amaziah, urged him to quit preaching or go somewhere else to do his preaching. He was unhappy with the message, reported him to the king, and in what I am sure was a most unfriendly manner, told him to flee the area. Amos’ response was simple. He was doing what God had called him to do, where God had called him to do it, and therefore would take his instructions from the Lord and continue preaching.

It is sure that we have developed too much of a professional class of preacher in our current climate. We’ve got men who go where they can get the best paycheck, preach in a manner that they can get the best results, and say what will keep them in the best circle of peers. It’s a ministry. They surely want to serve the Lord. But it’s a ministry of pragmatism. They want to be successful, respected and grow in their field.

We need some more Amos’s. His message would likely have been better received in Judah than in Israel. He could have avoided conflict in Judah rather than in Israel. The priesthood of Judah may have accepted him rather than that of Israel.

But Amos wasn’t a professional preacher. Amos was a servant of the Lord. So, in verse 17, despite the warnings of Amaziah, Amos responded, “Therefore thus saith the Lord.

He just kept preaching.

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Amos 5:21 God Is Not Pleased

Amos 5:21 (KJV)
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Albert Barnes writes of this verse, “so secure were they, that the only sacrifice which they did not offer, was the sin or trespass offering. Worshiping “nature,” not a holy, Personal, God, they had no sense of unholiness, for which to plead the Atoning Sacrifice to come.”

We have come such a time in our Christian society when the professing believers have compromised the Word of God so frequently and in such a broad number of ways that they can no longer distinguish what is and isn’t of the Lord.

God is not pleased. 

  • He does not hear their prayers. 
  • He is not honored in their forms of worship. 
  • He does not visit in their assemblies.

They speak of God and His glories. They debate the timing of His coming. They claim to be Christians but blame God for the evil in the world. They know not that it is their own compromise that His rendered themselves ineffective instruments before Him.

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Amos 4:4 Leading Away from God

Amos 4:4 (KJV)
Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:

The construction of this text is irony. The people of Israel had created their own religion (or rather their king had) and they believed it. They had their own house of worship. They had their own holy places, they had their own sacrifices, they had their own seasons for tithes and offerings.

Somehow, they believed it was all as pleasing to the Lord as what God had given them in Judah.

We witness it over and again in our society. Men (and sometimes women) with leadership capabilities have established:

  • Their own places of worship,
  • Their own history of worship
  • Their own systems of worship
  • Their own ordinances of worship
  • Their own offerings for worship

They are fully committed to their religion, none seemingly concerned that their leaders have led them apart from the Word of God.

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Amos 9:6 The LORD is His Name

Amos 9:6 (KJV)
It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name.

The gist of this passage is that God has designed the means of salvation. 

He built the stories or the steps to God. 
Fallen man, like Nimrod, have always sought their own way to heaven. Instinctively we know we come short of the glory of God. In the flesh, we want to prove we may attain that glory on our own. 

He founded his troop in the earth. 
The term encompasses all animate beings. The beasts of the field, the birds of the air, the creatures of the sea, the believer, and the unbeliever; are all the creation of God and will ultimately bow before Him. 

He poured the waters upon the face of the earth. 
It is a reference to the Flood. Barnes calls this, “that signal instance of its exercise on the ungodly, the flood, the pattern and type of judgments which no sinner escapes.”

I get the impression our world is nearing a “showdown” between the forces of men and the Almighty God. 

I sure wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side when it comes. 

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Amos 7:12-13 Go, Flee Away!

Amos 7:12-13 (KJV)
Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:
But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.

Here is a very interesting passage of Scripture, especially given our current situation with COVID-19. Amos was called of God as a prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel. Frankly his intercessions had spared judgment upon the nation more than once. But his message was a loud sound of warning. 

Word got to the king. He wasn’t too happy about this preacher’s negative tone but chose not to punish him (at first). What he did was to urge the prophet to go down to Judah, I assume because he thought his kind of preaching would be better received there. 

I am afraid there are a number of people who are taking Amaziah’s advice today, or at least considering it. They’re talking about pulling up stakes and heading to places where the political and spiritual climate is more tolerant of their own views and practices. 

Amos said he couldn’t do that. God had placed him where he was. To flee to a different place would be as liable of disobedience as Jonah was fleeing to Tarshish rather than Nineveh. His place, his duty, his responsibility was in Israel. 

Regardless the cost it was his calling. 

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Amos 3:7 His Servants the Prophets

Amos 3:7 (KJV)
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

The context of the chapter makes this passage very clear. God will do nothing without revealing to His prophets  that they may preach it.  The promise is refreshing and helpful. God makes His word clear. He calls men to the office of prophet, or preacher; and He equips them to understand the Word of God so as to make it known to others. 

The Holy Spirit of God will teach the Word of God to any child of God who will study. But the fact of the matter is that some, even most, have been assigned work that prevents long, in-depth, detailed study. Therefore, God calls some, not many but some, to focus their time attention and resources to study to show themselves approved. To them the Holy Spirit of God grants illumination so that these “prophets” may clearly proclaim the Word of God. Through this proclamation, the people of God are equipped to minister to others. 

God will never leave His people without a prophet to proclaim His Word. 

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Amos 9:5-6 God Built My Story

Amos 9:5-6 (KJV)
And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name.

The word, stories, means literally “a journey to a higher place.” The Lord is His name; 

  • The one who created the heavens and the earth
  • The one who upholds all things by the word of His power 
  • The one who spoke all life into existence 
  • The one who made man by his own hand and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life

He is the one who builded the stories, the path, in the heaven. 

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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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