If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: 2 Kings 25, Hebrews 7, Amos 1, Psalm 144. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can’t do all the readings today, read Amos 1.
We have read repeatedly about the Lord’s warnings of judgment to Israel and Judah and of his execution of that judgment on each of them. The basis of that judgment was his covenant with Israel which spelled out their obligations to obey him and God’s obligation either to bless them for their obedience or curse them for their disobedience.
Here in Amos, however, God prophesies judgment on the nations around Israel and Judah. The Arameans would be exiled for their ruthless attacks on the region of Israel known as Gilead (vv. 3-5). The Philistines would be completely extinguished as a nation and a people group (vv. 6-8). The city of Tyre would be burned because they enslaved people and sold them away (vv. 9-10). The Edomites would also see their place burned up because they were ruthless killers of men and women (vv. 11-12). The Ammonites also would have their city of Rabbah burned and their leaders taken into exile because their thirst for more land caused them to attack Gilead (vv. 13-15). And this prophecy about other nations extended into chapter 2.
If it was Israel’s covenant with God that caused him to judge them, then why did he judge these nations that he had no covenant with? The answer is that God has a covenant with all humanity. As our creator, we belong to him and are obligated to keep his laws. The fall made it impossible for us to obey God’s laws which is why God’s covenant and his grace was necessary, but the fall did not absolve any person or nation from obedience to God’s word. This is why God will judge every nation and every person; we all are fail to keep the law that we are obligated to obey.
Remember this when you see an unbeliever doing what is evil. On one had, we expect unbelievers to act like unbelievers and we should. But they are still culpable before God for their sins, just as we are. This is why we should spread the gospel to all the nations; in the gospel people find out how to escape the coming judgment of God for their sins through faith in Christ alone.
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we’ll talk scripture again tomorrow.