July 11 – Amos 9

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 9

Israel to Be Destroyed

I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said:
“Strike the tops of the pillars
    so that the thresholds shake.
Bring them down on the heads of all the people;
    those who are left I will kill with the sword.
Not one will get away,
    none will escape.
Though they dig down to the depths below,
    from there my hand will take them.
Though they climb up to the heavens above,
    from there I will bring them down.
Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel,
    there I will hunt them down and seize them.
Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea,
    there I will command the serpent to bite them.
Though they are driven into exile by their enemies,
    there I will command the sword to slay them.
“I will keep my eye on them
    for harm and not for good.”
The Lord, the Lord Almighty—
he touches the earth and it melts,
    and all who live in it mourn;
the whole land rises like the Nile,
    then sinks like the river of Egypt;
he builds his lofty palace in the heavens
    and sets its foundation on the earth;
he calls for the waters of the sea
    and pours them out over the face of the land—
    the Lord is his name.
“Are not you Israelites
    the same to me as the Cushites?”
declares the Lord.
“Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt,
    the Philistines from Caphtor
    and the Arameans from Kir?
“Surely the eyes of the Sovereign Lord
    are on the sinful kingdom.
I will destroy it
    from the face of the earth.
Yet I will not totally destroy
    the descendants of Jacob,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will give the command,
    and I will shake the people of Israel
    among all the nations
as grain is shaken in a sieve,
    and not a pebble will reach the ground.
10 All the sinners among my people
    will die by the sword,
all those who say,
    ‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’

Israel’s Restoration

11 “In that day
“I will restore David’s fallen shelter—
    I will repair its broken walls
    and restore its ruins—
    and will rebuild it as it used to be,
12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom
    and all the nations that bear my name,”
declares the Lord, who will do these things.
13 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman
    and the planter by the one treading grapes.
New wine will drip from the mountains
    and flow from all the hills,
14     and I will bring my people Israel back from exile.
“They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them.
    They will plant vineyards and drink their wine;
    they will make gardens and eat their fruit.
15 I will plant Israel in their own land,
    never again to be uprooted
    from the land I have given them,”
says the Lord your God.

SOAP Note

Rebuilding | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Amos 9:11

Observation

God had to take His people aside and shake them to open their eyes. But their eyes did open, they saw what they had done and turned back to Him. So He will rebuild what was destroyed and restore them to their original glory, with a right relationship with Him.

Application

I very recently had the foundations of my world shaken. And as the walls came tumbling down around me, my eyes were opened to the fact that I had been neglecting my relationship with God. I was doing the bare minimum, and even then it was an afterthought. The moment I realized what I had done, I set to make things right. I made my relationship with Him a priority once again and amazingly, things are falling back into place again. Rebuilding will take a while and it won’t always be easy, but restoration is in the works.

Prayer

God, I really do hate how far You had to go to get me to see what I was doing. I’m so sorry I wasn’t paying attention. But I know You’re doing it for my own good and that You only want what’s best for me. I trust You to get me through this storm. Thank You for Your restoration and Your reconciliation. Thank You for Your love and mercy. Thank You for grace. I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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