Again and Again
In Amos 1 and 2 we’re given a list of areas that had sinned “again and again”. When I read these chapters the first thing that hit me personally was that phrase which is repeated for every nation,
For three sins of… even for four.
This is an idiom that basically means “again and again” according to the New Living Translation. The ancient areas of Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab and, God’s chosen people, Judah and Israel. The nations of Judah and Israel were chosen by God, they were the people of God. Yet, we see that they had “rejected the instruction of the Lord” and had allowed themselves to become corrupted socially (vv.6-7), economically (v.8) and in worship to God (vv.4 & 12).
It’s easy in this day and age to put this into a national context and start calling judgement on our own nations. The sins are so plain in some western and westernized nations that we can’t help but worry for them. However, first and foremost, you and I have to put it into a personal context.
As Christians we are like the nations of Judah and Israel, God’s chosen people. It’s so important that we don’t make the same mistake as these nations did. The question we have to ask ourselves is, am I throwing everything that God has provided for me back into His face? He’d provided Israel especially with so much:
9 “But as my people watched,
I destroyed the Amorites,
though they were as tall as cedars
and as strong as oaks.
I destroyed the fruit on their branches
and dug out their roots.
10 It was I who rescued you from Egypt
and led you through the desert for forty years,
so you could possess the land of the Amorites.
11 I chose some of your sons to be prophets
and others to be Nazirites.
Can you deny this, my people of Israel?”
asks the Lord.
He has done the same for us and we have to remember when we are tempted to God away from God, to forget His goodness and follow other things that God will not let us go one like this forever.
So the question is, do we live lives that please Him or are we forgetting the goodness of God and retracing the sinners’ road which He had spent so much to take us off?