Daily Archives: July 8, 2019

July 8 – Amos 6

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 6

Woe to the Complacent

Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
    and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
you notable men of the foremost nation,
    to whom the people of Israel come!
Go to Kalneh and look at it;
    go from there to great Hamath,
    and then go down to Gath in Philistia.
Are they better off than your two kingdoms?
    Is their land larger than yours?
You put off the day of disaster
    and bring near a reign of terror.
You lie on beds adorned with ivory
    and lounge on your couches.
You dine on choice lambs
    and fattened calves.
You strum away on your harps like David
    and improvise on musical instruments.
You drink wine by the bowlful
    and use the finest lotions,
    but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.
Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile;
    your feasting and lounging will end.

The Lord Abhors the Pride of Israel

The Sovereign Lord has sworn by himself—the Lord God Almighty declares:
“I abhor the pride of Jacob
    and detest his fortresses;
I will deliver up the city
    and everything in it.”
If ten people are left in one house, they too will die. 10 And if the relative who comes to carry the bodies out of the house to burn them asks anyone who might be hiding there, “Is anyone else with you?” and he says, “No,” then he will go on to say, “Hush! We must not mention the name of the Lord.”
11 For the Lord has given the command,
    and he will smash the great house into pieces
    and the small house into bits.
12 Do horses run on the rocky crags?
    Does one plow the sea with oxen?
But you have turned justice into poison
    and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness—
13 you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar
    and say, “Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?”
14 For the Lord God Almighty declares,
    “I will stir up a nation against you, Israel,
that will oppress you all the way
    from Lebo Hamath to the valley of the Arabah.”

SOAP Note

Woe to the Complacent | Becky Newman

Scripture

Amos 6:1

Observation

Jesus spoke woes on the people, specifically the Pharisees in Matthew 23. These are in contrast to the blessings he spoke in Matthew 5’s Beatitudes. The definition of woe is great sorrow or distress. I like to correlate it with “WOAH!” as in you should probably stop doing whatever it is after the “woe”. In Amos 6, the woe is directed to affluent powerful leaders lounging in their fortresses on top of a hill and feasting on the best the land has to offer, taking in the blessings of Israel all to themselves and forgetting God had and has any hand in it — the complacent.

Application

I admit, I’m struggling through these minor prophets. There’s a reason our churches focus on Jesus loves me and blessings. It’s hard to stay in sin and judgment and woe for the summer. But to know You more and what pleases You and displeases, I can’t ignore any part of Your character. Yes, You are my Good Father. Yes, You love me. Yes, You are just. And yes, I’m a sinner who needs to take heed so I don’t become complacent. What’s at the end of this woe describes the United States of America too — complacent, secure, foremost nation, living off the blessings of our forefathers who established this country of God. And we are forgetting His strong and mighty and all-powerful hand that brought us here. Your place for me in my circles is not complacency. You want more from me, and I want to give You more.

Prayer

Lord, may I never be at the end of this woe. Illuminate those areas where I’m letting complacency in, especially at work. May I never stop acknowledging You and all You’ve done.

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