Amos 7-9 and Obadiah

AMOS

7:1-9:15  –  ‘That’s enough, prophet! Go back to Judah and do your preaching there… Don’t prophesy here at Bethel any more’ (7:12-13). Amos was a faithful preacher of God’s Word – but his hearers wanted to get rid of him! This was the beginning of a time of great darkness: ‘The days are coming when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the Word of the Lord, but they will not find it’ (8:11-12). There were dark times ahead – but God was looking beyond them to a brighter future: ‘I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel’ (9:14). ‘Restore us again, O God of our salvation…’ (Psalm 85:4-7).

OBADIAH

‘The Kingdom will be the Lord’s’ (21). When God’s Kingdom comes, there will be both salvation – ‘The house of Jacob will possess its inheritance’ – and judgment – ‘There will be no survivors from the house of Esau’ (17-18). ‘Not by works but by Him who calls’ – This is the great contrast between ‘Jacob’ and ‘Esau’. We have not been saved ‘because of any good deeds that we have done’. We have been saved ‘by grace’. We can never be saved ‘by works’. We can never receive His grace ‘by works’. We receive His grace ‘by faith’. We look away from ourselves to the Lord and say, ‘He saved us’. ‘It is by grace that you have been saved through faith… not by works, so that no-one can boast’ (Romans 9:10-13, 30-32; 11:6; Titus 3:4-7; Ephesians 2:8-9).

3 thoughts on “Amos 7-9 and Obadiah

  1. I believe that here in America this famine to hear the actual Words of God and His Son Jesus Christ (who is the Word of God) has already begun as most of the modern churches are more interested in entertaining their audiences than to preach the Word of God to their people. I don’t know how it is there in Scotland, but here where I live I have found it impossible to find a church here that preaches God’s Word and so I have to travel 60 miles (round trip) to hear the gospel preached in a Bible-believing Presbyterian church there; and to listen to good excellent sermons over the Internet from various Reformed Presbyterian churches. I keep praying that this Bible-believing denomination would do a church plant here but don’t think that it will ever happen since I seem to be the only one around here who cares; and I am not an ordained preacher so I then could start a Reformed church myself. But I did enjoy your input on your website here! Have you heard of the group called “Reformation Scotland” at http://www.reformationscotland.org ? Their main interest is in the Second Reformation of Scotland and they offer weekly posts, videos of the Scottish Reformation church history, books (including some free ones), and other very informative articles and news, etc.

    1. Thanks, Don, for your comment. Your words were encouraging to me. Wherever we are, there’s a famine of hearing God’s Word. Wherever we are, God is there, calling men and women back to Himself. May God help each of us to be His faithful witnesses, pointing people to Jesus Christ, the Saviour of sinners. Thanks, also, for the link. God bless you and make you a blessing to others .

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