biblestudy: Amos (Part Three)
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 01-Mar-88; Sermon #BS-AM03; 88 minutes
In Amos, the Gentile nations without God's revelation were held accountable for basic principles of humanity. Ammon's barbarity, Tyre's faithlessness, and Moab's propensity for sustained anger (exemplified by burning the bones of the king of Edom to lime) and the desire to take revenge - God punishes with severity. God warns us that vengeance is His exclusively and will not tolerate our taking the law into our own hands. God reserves the severest penalty for Judah and Israel because they had spurned the covenant God had made with them. As the Israel of God, we need to take these admonitory words personally- making sure that we do not syncretistically mix pagan and Christian elements (lies and truth) together. If we cultivate a love for the truth and guard the truth, the truth will guard us.
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