• W. Austin Gardner

Ignoring God doesn't work out!


Amos 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, And trust in the mountain of Samaria, are named chief of the nations, To whom the house of Israel came! 2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; And from thence go ye to Hamath the great: Then go down to Gath of the Philistines: Be they better than these kingdoms? Or their border greater than your border? 3 Ye that put far away the evil day, And cause the seat of violence to come near; 4 That lie upon beds of ivory, And stretch themselves upon their couches, And eat the lambs out of the flock, And the calves out of the midst of the stall; 5 That chant to the sound of the viol, And invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David; 6 That drink wine in bowls, And anoint themselves with the chief ointments: But they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph. 7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, And the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed. 8 The Lord God hath sworn by himself, saith the Lord the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: Therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein. 9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die. 10 And a man’s uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, To bring out the bones out of the house, And shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: For we may not make mention of the name of the Lord. 11 For, behold, the Lord commandeth, And he will smite the great house with breaches, And the little house with clefts. 12 Shall horses run upon the rock? Will one plow there with oxen? For ye have turned judgment into gall, And the fruit of righteousness into hemlock: 13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, Which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength? 14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the Lord the God of hosts; And they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness. 7:1 Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings. 2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord God, forgive, I beseech thee: By whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small. 3 The Lord repented for this: It shall not be, saith the Lord. 4 Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord God called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part. 5 Then said I, O Lord God, cease, I beseech thee: By whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small. 6 The Lord repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord God. 7 Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand. 8 And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more: 9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, And the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; And I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword. 10 Then Amaziah the priest of Beth-el sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words. 11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land. 12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: 13 But prophesy not again any more at Beth-el: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court. 14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: 15 And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel. 16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the Lord: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, And drop not thy word against the house of Isaac. 17 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, And thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, And thy land shall be divided by line; And thou shalt die in a polluted land: And Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.

  1. Woe to them that are at ease, complacent Amos 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, And trust in the mountain of Samaria, are named chief of the nations, To whom the house of Israel came! 2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; And from thence go ye to Hamath the great: Then go down to Gath of the Philistines: Be they better than these kingdoms? Or their border greater than your border?

  2. The prophet is talking to Israel and Judah both here

  3. They are calling themselves the chief of the nations

  4. Notice that they are trusting in the mountain of Samaria

  5. They were at ease, complacent

  6. Complacency is based on lies, motivated by pride, and leads to trusting someone or something other than God

  7. We see this picture in the church of Laodicean Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

  8. It is easy for people or a church to look at what they have and feel good about themselves

  9. It is easy to evaluate ourselves but that not be God’s opinion

  10. We need to see ourselves as God sees us as a church, His people

  11. We don't want to be at ease and think that all is good and right

  12. We need to face the facts about our spiritual lives

  13. We need to check our heart not our wallet

  14. We need to see what is happening on the inside more than what is happening on the outside

  15. Woe to those that are more interested in their luxuries than the things of God

  16. They were so busy enjoying their luxuries that they had no time for God Amos 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, And anoint themselves with the chief ointments: But they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

  17. Notice the luxury of these wealthy people of God

  18. Beds of ivory

  19. Stretched on couches as they ate the lambs and calves

  20. Drinking wine from bowls

  21. Anointing themselves with the best oils and perfumes

  22. They have gone pleasure mad II Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

  23. They had music like David but used it as part of their luxury instead of seeking God Amos 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, And invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

  24. The music is mentioned when they are in their houses sitting on their couches

  25. David made music but it was for God

  26. They made music for themselves to enjoy in their luxury

  27. Their selfish lives angered God and He is going to take their luxuries away from them Amos 6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, And the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

  28. God does