Let the Verdict Be Read! Amos 8:11-12; 9:8-15 (HCSB) Feb. 10, 2013
It is my opinion that one of the things wrong with our nation centers in a lack of knowledge and the desire to follow the teaching of the Word of God.
1. Let the Verdict Be Read Concerning A . . Deficit of the Word of God. Amos 8:11-12
A. A Deficit of the Word . . Sent by God. 8:11
11 Hear this! The days are coming— this is the declaration of the Lord GOD— when I will send a famine
through the land: not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.
B. A Deficit of the Word and A . . Searching by the People. 8:12
12 People will stagger from sea to sea and roam from north to east, seeking the word of the LORD, but
they will not find it.
Why would God send or allow a shortage of His Word to happen? He simply allows the people to have what they want. Today a shortage of the word of God is occurring in some churches. If you went out looking for sermons on a particular passage of scripture you would be surprised to find very few actually stick to the text where you could learn the main thrust of the passage. The text shares some people went searching for the Word but could not find it. I have heard some pulpit committee chairmen say they went looking for the word of God and did not find it. Then made this statement. “it is a shame what some people must listen to week after week.”
Some churches do not even encourage bringing the Bible to church. Is it any wonder what sort of cases the Supreme Court has brought before them that totally disregard the Word of God?
2. Let the Verdict Be Read Concerning A . . Disaster in Israel. 9:8-10
A. A Disaster . . Announced by the Lord. 9:8
8 Look, the eyes of the Lord GOD are on the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the face of the earth. However, I will not totally destroy the house of Jacob— ⌊this is⌋ the LORD’s declaration—
B. A Disaster . . Arranged by the Lord. 9:9-10
9 for I am about to give
the command, and I will shake the house of Israel among all the
nations, as one
shakes a sieve, but not a pebble will fall to the ground.
10 All the sinners among My people who say: “Disaster will never overtake or confront us,” will die by the sword.
Amos speaks of the Lord’s announcement of an impending disaster but it will not be a total disaster. Those who declare God will not do such a thing will be hit very hard. This disaster will be arranged as the Lord desires. This disaster took place in the house of Israel. These are supposed to be God’s special people. I have though of America as a blessed nation. In my opinion God placed His hand upon this land. I am always blessed when some great crowd sings, “God bless America.” But I also know many of those singing have not been in worship for a long time. This nation could be in line for a disaster because of our forgetting the word of God.
3. Let the Verdict Be Read Concerning A . . Declaration from God. 9:11-15
A. Declaration Concerning the . . Restoring of Israel. 9:11-13
11 In that day I will restore the fallen booth of David: I will repair its gaps, restore its ruins, and rebuild it as
in the days of old, 12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that are called by
My name— ⌊this is⌋ the LORD’s declaration— He will do this. 13 Hear this! The days are coming— ⌊this
is⌋ the LORD’s declaration— when the plowman will overtake the reaper and the one who treads grapes,
the sower of seed. The mountains will drip with sweet wine, and all the hills will flow ⌊with it⌋.
B. A Declaration Concerning the . . Rebuilding of Israel. 9:14-15
14 I will restore the
fortunes of My people Israel. They will rebuild and occupy ruined
vineyards and drink their wine, make gardens and eat their produce.
15 I will plant them on their land, and they will never again be uprooted from the land I have given them. Yahweh your God has spoken.
The expression "in that day" is used 5 times in Amos and many believe it refers to a time during the future Millennial Kingdom. The term is used 44 times in Isaiah. Amos tells us the remnant will be treated differently than those who neglect the Lord, His word, and ways. There will be a gathering of all believers from across the world. When we were in Israel at some of the sights we would see believers from around the world. It was a beautiful sight and reminded us of future events like Amos talks about. God gives quite a promise about the restoration of Israel. It is quite a pleasant thought. We can say with the faithful of those years Let the Verdict Be Read! Amen? Amen!