biblestudy: Amos (Part 9)
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 10-May-88; Sermon #BS-AM09; 81 minutes
John Ritenbaugh observed that ancient Israel had regarded Bethel (as well as Gilgal and Beer Sheba) as a sacred shrine (a place where Jacob had been transformed —his name changed to Israel) but were not becoming spiritually transformed as a result of pilgrimages to these locations. One example of their residual carnality was the corruption of their court system- a striking parallel to modern Israel. We need to remember that Amos is written to the end-time church, urging that true religion is not a way to God but from God, emphasizing that (1) we must have a real love for God's truth, (2) submit to God as our part of the relationship, (3) be concerned about earning God's approval, (4) have moral integrity, and (5) exercise social responsibility. Amos warned ancient and modern Israel not to exalt symbolism over substance- a condition leading to Jacob's trouble or the Great tribulation. We need to secure our relationship with God (and our quest for holiness-involving action, emotion, and thought), not taking His grace for granted realizing that God will not budge one inch with his law.
Amos Beer Sheba Bear Bethel Business as usual Change Complacency Conversion Court system Criminal justice system Day of the Lord Doubt Fire of purification Dutch people Gilgal Heritage Village Hiding from God Holiness In God we Trust Jacob Joseph Lake of fire Obedience Jim Baker Lamentation Lion metaphors Noah's sacrifice Peace with God Place of safety Preacher 's responsibility to plant doubt Relationship with God Roll down Snake Sowing doubt Transformation Turning to God Walking with God
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