Amos Chapter 5
8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:
11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.
16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
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Amos Chapter 5 Bible commentary...
Israel is called to seek the Lord. (1-6) Earnest exhortations to repentance. (7-17) Threatenings respecting idolatries. (18-27)1-6 The convincing, awakening word must be heard and heeded, as well as words of comfort and peace; for whether we hear or forbear, the word of God shall take effect. The Lord still proclaims mercy to men, but they often expect deliverance from such self-invented forms as make their condemnation sure. While they refuse to come to Christ and to seek mercy in and by him, that they may live, the fire of Divine wrath breaks forth upon them. Men may make an idol of the world, but will find it cannot protect.
7-17 The same almighty power can, for repenting sinners, easily turn affliction and sorrow into prosperity and joy, and as easily turn the prosperity of daring sinners into utter darkness. Evil times will not bear plain dealing; that is, evil men will not. And these men were evil men indeed, when wise and good men thought it in vain even to speak to them. Those who will seek and love that which is good, may help to save the land from ruin. It behoves us to plead God's spiritual promises, to beseech him to create in us a clean heart, and to renew a right spirit within us. The Lord is ever ready to be gracious to the souls that seek him; and then piety and every duty will be attended to. But as for sinful Israel, God's judgments had often passed by them, now they shall pass through them.
18-27 Woe unto those that desire the day of the Lord's judgments, that wish for times of war and confusion; as some who long for changes, hoping to rise upon the ruins of their country! but this should be so great a desolation, that nobody could gain by it. The day of the Lord will be a dark, dismal, gloomy day to all impenitent sinners. When God makes a day dark, all the world cannot make it light. Those who are not reformed by the judgments of God, will be pursued by them; if they escape one, another stands ready to seize them. A pretence of piety is double iniquity, and so it will be found. The people of Israel copied the crimes of their forefathers. The law of worshipping the Lord our God, is, Him only we must serve. Professors thrive so little, because they have little or no communion with God in their duties. They were led captive by Satan into idolatry, therefore God caused them to go into captivity among idolaters.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
John's Amos Chapter 5 comment on 12/27/2014, 2:13pm...
The warning what will happen during the last 3 1 2 years of tribulation for the descendants of Joseph, the last 12 tribes of Israel. 1000 cities and only 100 survive the coming of Christ. If America has 300 Million, only 10 , 30 Million will survive. Something not to look forward to starting in 2015 to 2019.
Ronald Arnce's Amos Chapter 5 comment on 12/06/2014, 12:07pm...
I see this chapter as a warning for us to truly an humbly seek the face of GOD and follow his direction. Those that hide behind the trappings of religion and tradition while using it to oppress His children will pay a great price and all the have will be taken from them. It was so in the Time of Amos and is valid today. Heed the prophet a and be blessed
Lisa's Amos Chapter 5 comment on 11/09/2014, 5:47pm...
When reading and understanding the text, the Ruach leads ine in a sense of definition, revealing revelation. I was seeing how the heart of man should be turn to He who created and that 8s everything. YAHWE knows the heart of man which is the mind and He knows when we are far from Him ornear to Him.and yet the text informed us to seek Him, alerting us as His children are to seek Him to find life and to know life. He will also by us seeking him will direct the ways of man that he will not wander off in the wrong direction. I was reading one comment which was speaking concerning saturn and satan and above all we know Father Yahwe created the universe and everything in, around and through that His image became to being. This is an awesome text and can be studied further, thats why Yah tells us to study and when we study He who reveals, reveals! Shalom!
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