Daily Archives: July 4, 2019

July 4 – Amos 2

God bless the USA! Happy 4th!

We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Amos was a prophet and sheepbreeder. He lived in Tekoa in Judah, near Jerusalem. The theme of his book is God’s justice and is particularly relevant for affluent societies in all generations.

Amos 2

This is what the Lord says:
“For three sins of Moab,
    even for four, I will not relent.
Because he burned to ashes
    the bones of Edom’s king,
I will send fire on Moab
    that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth.
Moab will go down in great tumult
    amid war cries and the blast of the trumpet.
I will destroy her ruler
    and kill all her officials with him,”
says the Lord.
This is what the Lord says:
“For three sins of Judah,
    even for four, I will not relent.
Because they have rejected the law of the Lord
    and have not kept his decrees,
because they have been led astray by false gods,
    the gods their ancestors followed,
I will send fire on Judah
    that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem.”

Judgment on Israel

This is what the Lord says:
“For three sins of Israel,
    even for four, I will not relent.
They sell the innocent for silver,
    and the needy for a pair of sandals.
They trample on the heads of the poor
    as on the dust of the ground
    and deny justice to the oppressed.
Father and son use the same girl
    and so profane my holy name.
They lie down beside every altar
    on garments taken in pledge.
In the house of their god
    they drink wine taken as fines.
“Yet I destroyed the Amorites before them,
    though they were tall as the cedars
    and strong as the oaks.
I destroyed their fruit above
    and their roots below.
10 I brought you up out of Egypt
    and led you forty years in the wilderness
    to give you the land of the Amorites.
11 “I also raised up prophets from among your children
    and Nazirites from among your youths.
Is this not true, people of Israel?”
declares the Lord.
12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine
    and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.
13 “Now then, I will crush you
    as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.
14 The swift will not escape,
    the strong will not muster their strength,
    and the warrior will not save his life.
15 The archer will not stand his ground,
    the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,
    and the horseman will not save his life.
16 Even the bravest warriors
    will flee naked on that day,”
declares the Lord.

SOAP Note

Make Good Choices! | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Amos 2:4

Observation

Amos had just declared God’s judgement over six Gentile nations, and now He turns to His own people. The ones who knew better. The ones being held to a higher standard because they actually had a personal relationship with Him. But because they too have disobeyed in the same ways that the Gentiles did, they were going to receive the same destructive punishment.

Application

I hold my daughter to a higher standard than other children. I may not like how a child is behaving, and there have been times where I’ve had to step in, but ultimately, what other kids do isn’t my problem. Not my circus, not my monkeys. But oh boy! When my own kid starts misbehaving, I have little mercy. She knows better. She’s been under my rule her whole entire existence. And it’s the same with God. I know better. I know I should choose love, not rage. I know I should choose compassion, not judgement. I know I should worship God, not money. But sometimes I still choose poorly. And since I’m held to a higher standard, the fall is a lot farther. In the same way that my daughter tries to make good choices to avoid punishment from me, I need to make godly choices to avoid punishment from Him!

Prayer

Father God, You are my Heavenly Father. I know You want what’s best for me, that You know what’s best for me better than I do, and that it hurts you when I deviate from that plan. Thank You for Your forgiveness, Your, mercy and grace, and Your love. Thank You for teaching me and guiding me to make good choices throughout my day. I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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