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Click here for today’s reading: Amos 4, 5, 6; Psalms 86, 87; Titus 1
Here is my SOAP for today, Friday, June 29, 2018
Amos 4:12“Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, Israel, prepare to meet your God. 13 “He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth—the Lord God Almighty is his name.”
Amos 5:14 “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. 15 Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.”
Amos 6:8 “The Sovereign Lord has sworn by himself—the Lord God Almighty declares: “I abhor the pride of Jacob and detest his fortresses; I will deliver up the city and everything in it.”
Psalms 86:11 “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
Psalms 87:7 “As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.”
Titus 1:12 “One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” 13 This saying is true.”
15 “To the pure, all things are pure…”
Amos is such a harsh rebuke of Israel… I get it. I know they rebelled… over and over and over again… but to this point in the book, there is little hope. Only a strong rebuke to turn away from their wickedness… or else.
This verse in Titus always makes me crack up… “Titus 1:12 “One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” 13 This saying is true.” This is one case where I think the Bible overstates something that may be generally true, but is not “true.”
It can be difficult for me to process a book like Amos, because I believe very deeply that God is a loving God… That we are under a new and different covenant or agreement. That Jesus was the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. He paid it all. Once for all. He took the sin and judgment of the world upon his shoulders. He paid my debt so that I could sing, “all my fountains are in you.”
Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.