• W. Austin Gardner

Calls His People to Live Out Their Faith



Amos 2:4 Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Judah, And for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; Because they have despised the law of the Lord, And have not kept his commandments, And their lies caused them to err, After the which their fathers have walked: 5 But I will send a fire upon Judah, And it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem. 6 Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Israel, And for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; Because they sold the righteous for silver, And the poor for a pair of shoes; 7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, And turn aside the way of the meek: And a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, To profane my holy name: 8 And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, And they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god. 9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, Whose height was like the height of the cedars, And he was strong as the oaks; Yet I destroyed his fruit from above, And his roots from beneath. 10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, And led you forty years through the wilderness, To possess the land of the Amorite. 11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, And of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the Lord. 12 But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; And commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not. 13 Behold, I am pressed under you, As a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.

14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, And the strong shall not strengthen his force, Neither shall the mighty deliver himself: 15 Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; And he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: Neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself. 16 And he that is courageous among the mighty Shall flee away naked in that day, saith the Lord. 3:1 Hear this word that the Lord hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, Against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, 2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. 3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? 4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing? 5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? Shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? 6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? 7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, But he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. 8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy? 9 Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, And in the palaces in the land of Egypt, And say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, And behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, And the oppressed in the midst thereof. 10 For they know not to do right, saith the Lord, Who store up violence and robbery in their palaces. 11 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; And he shall bring down thy strength from thee, And thy palaces shall be spoiled. 12 Thus saith the Lord; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; So shall the children of Israel be taken out That dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch. 13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, Saith the Lord God, the God of hosts, 14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Beth-el: And the horns of the altar shall be cut off, And fall to the ground. 15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; And the houses of ivory shall perish, And the great houses shall have an end, saith the Lord.

  1. God turns His judgment from the pagan nations to His own people

  2. Somehow, we want to think that God will judge the lost and wicked people around us but that we are free from His judgment

  3. They were certainly happy to hear God bringing His wrath on these other nations

  4. It had to be difficult to think that God would be angry with the actions of even His chosen people

  5. But God’s people had the message, the truth and still turned from it Amos 2:4 Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Judah, And for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; Because they have despised the law of the Lord, And have not kept his commandments, And their lies caused them to err, After the which their fathers have walked:

  6. God’s people had His Word

  7. They showed no respect for the Word of God

  8. They didn't do what they knew He wanted them to do

  9. They changed the truth for a lie

  10. The lies caused them to fall into the trap of sin and dishonoring God

  11. When God’s people know what to do and don't do it, then they have the greater sin

  12. Their prosperity made them think that they were ok but God’s man will thunder out the truth that they are not ok

  13. God’s people had fallen into great sin

  14. Their law system had become corrupt Amos 2:6 Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Israel, And for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; Because they sold the righteous for silver, And the poor for a pair of shoes;

  15. Their court system was for sale

  16. Instead of protecting the weak and the innocent, they were abusing them

  17. The poor had no recourse but to suffer the abuse of those that had the money and the power

  18. God had taught His people to take care of the helpless and the poor

  19. They had become as corrupt as the nations around them

  20. Sexual depravity was becoming the norm Amos 2:7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, And turn aside the way of the meek: And a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, To profane my holy name:

  21. Fathers were not teaching their children purity but instead participating in their depravity

  22. This may have been part of idol worship

  23. Either way, they were disobeying God and abusing these young ladies

  24. How much are we allowing our sin to teach our children the same, porn, no respect for our marriage, not honoring God in our relationship with the opposite sex?

  25. Today like never before, our family needs a good example and witness

  26. God’s people were worshipping false gods Amos 2:8 And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, And they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.

  27. Do we allow our prosperity to become a god to us?

  28. Do we worship our money and material goods?

  29. Do we forsake our God and His truth because we love this world too much?

  30. Do we really think that we can escape the consequences of our sins because we are God’s people?

  31. We have the truth so let’s not turn to a lie

  32. Let’s live out who we are