Amos “Burden-bearer” 5:1 – 6:14 Review • Amos began with God’s oracles against 8 nations (ending with Israel) • Amos continued with sermons explaining why God was so angry at Israel – Walking with God – Preparing to Meet God • Now we look at the third of the sermons – A Funeral Dirge for Israel A Funeral Dirge for Israel • Recall the second sermon – Because they had ignored God – Because they refused to obey God – Prepare to meet your God! • The omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent Creator • The third sermon picks up with that thought of meeting God – Amos 5:1-3 – A lament for the death of Israel – Meeting God is not a meeting Israel could hope to survive (only a remnant will be left) A Funeral Dirge for Israel • A call for repentance – Amos 5:4-7 – It’s not too late! – Seek God and live! • Don’t seek false gods (Bethel) • Don’t rely on past accomplishments and obedience (Gilgal & Beersheba) – SINS: • Corrupting justice • Murdering righteousness A Funeral Dirge for Israel • The judge: God – Amos 5:8-9 – The all-powerful Creator • More SINS: Amos 5:10-13 – Hating rebuke and righteous speech – Taking advantage of the poor – Taking bribes and perverting justice – And many other sins – Even causing the righteous to prudently keep silent when they see the sins • Another call for repentance – Amos 5:14-15 – If you don’t, you won’t live A Funeral Dirge for Israel • There will be judgment – And Israel will lose – Amos 5:16-17 – Sinners should not wish for that day – Amos 5:18-20 • For sinners it will be a horrible event, not an escape • Including those who think they are religious – Amos 5:21-24 • Keeping the forms of religion unacceptable without the heart of religion (justice and righteousness) • Another SIN: Idolatry – Amos 5:25-27 A Funeral Dirge for Israel • The SINS of “ease” – Trusting in military greatness – Amos 6:1-2 • Israel now had a large military, had fought off Assyria • Israel’s capital (Samaria) a mountain fortress • God says, look at other military powers – Calneh – destroyed – Hamath – conquered – Gath – conquered • Military might never saved a mighty nation from destruction A Funeral Dirge for Israel • The SINS of “ease” – Thinking judgment will be a long time away • Amos 6:3 • God is more inclined to punish quickly those who think they have time A Funeral Dirge for Israel • The SINS of “ease” – Being materialistic while others suffer – Amos 6:4-7 • The best furnishings (ivory couches) • The best foods (lamb and veal) • The best entertainment • Over-indulgent [Wine in bowls (not glasses)] • The best personal care (expensive perfumes) – But there are those who suffer like Joseph • Righteous who suffer unjustly – In slavery, prison, etc. – Such will be punished first A Funeral Dirge for Israel • The SINS of “ease” – Pride – Amos 6:8 • Proud of their wealth • Proud of their architecture • Proud of national achievements • Proud of their culture – God will take it all away A Funeral Dirge for Israel • The aftermath – Amos 6:9-10 – Plague will destroy homes and entire families – People will learn to fear God A Funeral Dirge for Israel • Why? Amos 6:11-13 – God has ordered their punishment – They are horses running on rocks • They have brought disaster on themselves – They are plowing a rocky field • An effort in futility – Because they have corrupted justice and righteousness – Because they rejoice over nothing (Lo Debar) – Because they think they have become powerful (Karnaim – horns) on their own A Funeral Dirge for Israel • How will the end come? Amos 6:14 – A nation (Assyria) will be raised up – Will completely destroy Israel, from one end to the other Lessons • Repent now – You have the chance, don’t wait – You don’t know how long you have • God knows all our sins – Don’t think something escaped His notice • There will be judgment – No way to avoid it – No way to delay it – No way to change it – So you better get ready for it Lessons • With a life of “ease” comes a host of sins – Trust in military power – Thinking judgment will be far in the future – Materialism – Pride Conclusion • Are we “horses running on a rocky field”? – Not realizing the danger we are in – Not noticing that judgment will come soon • Are we plowing a rocky field? – Not realizing the futility of the effort • Or are we getting ready to stand before God and give an account of our lives?