Tuesday, November 30, 2010

101130 Amos 7-9

Amos 7
7.1  locust...please forgive...
7.4  fire...please cleanse...
7.7  plumb line...
7.9  high places of Isaac...  This is an interesting expression since the land is usually associated with Jacob.
7.16  the house of Isaac...  Again, interesting.
7.12  prophesy there...  We don't want to hear it anymore.  Hmmm.
Amos 8
8.1  a basket of summer fruit...
8.5  when will the new moon be over so that we can...  This is a tragic and dangerous attitude about religious devotion.  Looking at observance and service to God to be over so that we can be on to things that are more important to us.
8.11  a famine...of the hearing of the Word...  a word for the church in America.  God often gives us what we want.
Amos 9
9.7  and the Philistines from Caphtor and the Syrians from Kir...
"A popular song of the 1950s, still wheeled out for an airing at Christmas says ‘Man shall live for evermore because of Christmas Day’—as if the mere occurrence and passing of a date was the key to eternal life. Certainly, without Christmas day there would be no salvation, but the date does not save. Everything depends on what happens next, and in particular whether there is a personal response to the Saviour who was born and whether that response is validated by the moral commitment of ensuing life. In the same way there was nothing special about the people of the exodus, any more than the Cushites, unless they respond to the grace of divine salvation by commitment to the holiness of obedience. It is not past dates which the Lord looks upon, but the validation of the past by holiness and abhorrence of sin in the present."
---Carson, D. A.: New Bible Commentary : 21st Century Edition. 4th ed. Leicester, England; Downers Grove, Ill., USA : Inter-Varsity Press, 1994, S. Am 9:7
9.12  and all the nations that are called by My name...

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