Word at Work February 15, 2017

Scripture: Amos 3:1-8

Amos had to prophecy the judgment of God and in 8 verses he laid out exactly what was coming. Amos 3:1-8 says, “Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying: ‘You only have I known of all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.” Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing? Will a bird fall into a snare on the earth, where there is no trap for it? Will a snare spring up from the earth, if it has caught nothing at all? If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it? Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?’” These verses proclaim a picture of how God uses prophets and why. It is so redemptive that God has enough mercy on people to tell them what is coming in the hope they will repent. The prophets prophesied in hope that people would hear and turn from their sin so the land would be saved. That often did not happen, but they had to prophecy and hope people would turn from their wickedness in order to save their lives and their land.

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