When Confronted by a Lion, a Bear, and a Serpent
1. The background for this story has to do with Israel's sin and subsequent judgment and captivity by the Assyrians. They thought the ''Day of The Lord'' would be their deliverance. Instead, it was just the opposite-it was God's time of judgment. Additionally, it was also a prophetic statement, speaking of a future event-a future ''Day of the Lord, when God's judgment would come to Israel during the Tribulation period, when the Jews will run to the mountaintops in an attempt to save themselves (Matthew 24).
a. God said in (vs. 18), ''Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.''
b. Then in (vs. 19), He says it would be ''As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.''
2. Now that I have given the background of chapter 5, concerning the ''Day of the Lord,'' I am going to violate a very basic principle of hermeneutics, and that is; ''never take a text out of its context.'' In my daily Bible reading this week, I read the book of Amos, and as I did, this verse (vs. 5) jumped out at me, but it spoke to me in a different way than what the verse really teaches. That's what's wonderful about God's Word. It has something new and refreshing all the time-something that can speak to us in different ways about our needs in life. You can read a verse 10 times and see something exciting and new each time. God's Word is alive with truth!
3. This is how this verse spoke to me: How many times in life have we run into a lion…I mean a ''lion of a problem''…some great difficulty, some besetting thing? We did our best to flee and get away… we brushed it aside, we ran from the problem, only to run into something worse-a bear. Now, I don't know how a bear could be worse than a lion, but this is the order the Lord gave.
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