Israel Lamented

calendar_today May 26, 2024
menu_book Amos 5:1-17
person Trey Russell
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Sermon 6 in Series

Amos 5:1-17

[1] Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel:

[2] “Fallen, no more to rise,
is the virgin Israel;
forsaken on her land,
with none to raise her up.”

[3] For thus says the Lord GOD:

“The city that went out a thousand
shall have a hundred left,
and that which went out a hundred
shall have ten left
to the house of Israel.”

[4] For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel:

“Seek me and live;
[5] but do not seek Bethel,
and do not enter into Gilgal
or cross over to Beersheba;
for Gilgal shall surely go into exile,
and Bethel shall come to nothing.”

[6] Seek the LORD and live,
lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
and it devour, with none to quench it for Bethel,
[7] O you who turn justice to wormwood
and cast down righteousness to the earth!

[8] He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
and turns deep darkness into the morning
and darkens the day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out on the surface of the earth,
the LORD is his name;
[9] who makes destruction flash forth against the strong,
so that destruction comes upon the fortress.

[10] They hate him who reproves in the gate,
and they abhor him who speaks the truth.
[11] Therefore because you trample on the poor
and you exact taxes of grain from him,
you have built houses of hewn stone,
but you shall not dwell in them;
you have planted pleasant vineyards,
but you shall not drink their wine.

[12] For I know how many are your transgressions
and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
and turn aside the needy in the gate.
[13] Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time,
for it is an evil time.

[14] Seek good, and not evil,
that you may live;
and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you,
as you have said.

[15] Hate evil, and love good,
and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts,
will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

[16] Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord:

“In all the squares there shall be wailing,
and in all the streets they shall say, ‘Alas! Alas!’
They shall call the farmers to mourning
and to wailing those who are skilled in lamentation,
[17] and in all vineyards there shall be wailing,
for I will pass through your midst,”
says the LORD.

DEEP SHEET: Sermon Study Questions
   How has Amos helped you to see the character of God? What aspects of his character have been highlighted?
2.   How should we make sense of the certainty of doom and the possibility of repentance both appearing in this passage?
3.   What does it mean that the Christian faith is primarily about fellowship with God? What other things can we tempted to turn it into apart from this?
4.   What is significant about the words justice and righteousness which Amos accuses Israel of perverting in v.7? What concept does this word pair explain?
5.   How does God shown as Creator and Destroyer in vv.8-9 mirror the paths held out to Israel? What does it mean that every life runs through God’s name?
6.   In what ways is your life concerned for truth and concerned for fairness? How should a concern for truth prompt a culture of confession?
7.   What is the connection between seeking good, hating evil, and seeking God? Do you need to connect these more strongly in your own life?
8.   How does v.17 point us back to the Exodus then forward to Christ?

References:  Jeremiah 18:7-11; John 17:3; Psalm 1:1-1; Romans 4:17; Exodus 34:6-7; Leviticus 19:15. 

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