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The Certainty of Judgment (3 of 9)
Series: Fig Picker Turned Prophet
Dr. Ernest Easley
Take your Bible and turn please to Amos 3. The book of Amos can be divided into four main sections:
(1) Eight Prophecies. (1.1-2.16)
(2) Three Sermons. (3.1-6.14)
(3) Five Visions. (7.1-9.10)
(4) Five Promises. (9.11-15)
We have seen the eight prophecies and now as we come to chapter 3 ... we begin the next section:
Three Sermons. Each sermon begins with the words, "Hear this word."
The first sermon is in chapter 3. The second sermon is in chapter 4. The third sermon is in chapter 5. We're thinking under the general heading: Fig Picker Turned Prophet. And now in chapter 3 ...
Now .. as we think about "The Certainty of Judgment" ...
(1) THE DECLARATION OF THEIR JUDGMENT.
vv.1-2 ... So ... why does God say in verse 2, "I will punish you for all your iniquities." Well .. Amos tells us why ..
-because they dishonored their relationship with God.
(1-2a) ... v.2, "You only have I known of all the families of the earth." My .. what a special relationship!
Exodus 19.6, "And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."
God began that relationship back in Genesis 12.1-2, "Now the Lord said to Abram, 'Get out of your country, from your kindred, and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you; I will make you a great nation, I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
Now .. God didn't establish this special relationship with Israel because they were more important to Him .. but rather .. so that they would be instruments to bless other nations. God would reveal himself to them and in turn .. they would bless all the other nations. In other words . ...
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