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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Amos Chapter 3

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Amos
Date Penned: BC 760-750
Overview: Everyone Answers to God (c 1-9)
Theme: Reasons for Judgement (c 3-6)
Message: Sin Separates the People from God (v 1-15)

Amos: Chapter 3 Commentary
(3:1-2) God chose Israel to be the people through whom all other nations of the world could know Him. He made the promise to Abraham, father of the Israelites (Genesis 12) Israel didn't have to do anything to be chosen. God had given them this special privilege because he wanted to, not because they deserve special treatment (Deuteronomy 9) Pride in their privileged position, however, hardened Israel to the Word of God and to the plight of others.

(3:3) When you have an unresolved conflict with someone, you may feel that a wait separates you from that person. The joy of being with a close friend is the closeness God wants us to have what him, If your sin has put a wall of separation between you and God. ask him to forgive you so you can again walk with him as with a close friend.

(3:6) "Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?" means the Lord himself would be sending disaster to Israel.

(3:7) Even in anger, God is merciful. He always warned his people through prophets before punishing them. Warnings about sin and judgement apply to people today just as they did to Israel. If we have been warned about our sin, we have no excuse when punishment comes. God had warned his people through his prophets, so they could not rationalize or complain when he punished them for refusing to repent. Do not take lightly warnings in God's Word about judgement. His warnings are a way of showing mercy to you. 

(3:9) Amos pictured Philistia and Egypt coming to witness Israel's great sins. Even Israel's most wicked neighbors would witness God's judgement of Israel's sins.

(3:10) Israel had forgotten how to do what was right. The more they sinned, the harder it was to remember what God wanted. The same is true for us. The longer we fail to deal with sin, the greater its hold on us. Finally, we forget what it means to do right. Are you on the verge of forgetting?

(3:11-12) The approaching adversary was Assyria, who conquered the nation as Amos predicted, The people were scattered to foreigh lands, and foreigners were placed in the land to keep the peace. Israel's leaders had robbed their defenseless fellow countrymen and now they would be rendered defenseless by the Assyrians. Amos added that even if they tried to repent then, it would be too late. The destruction would be so complete that nothing of value would be left. 

(3:14) God's judgement against Israel's altars showed that he was rejecting Israel's entire religious system because it was so polluted. God's altar in Jerusalem was a place of protection (1 Kings 1) and the false altars would soon be gone, then the people would have no sanctuary, protection, or refuge when judgement came.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Walking Together

 Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the book of Amos with Chapter 3. In our text today we see the people of God going in an opposite direction from the Word of the Lord causing a separation in their walk with the Lord. In making application we see today that if we chose to act contrary to the Word of our Lord we will fail to walk together in fellowship with our Lord. How about you? Do you obey the Word of the Lord? Let us learn from our text today and the example of Israel to understand that two must agree, if they are to walk together. 


Amos 3

Amos 3

 1Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,

 2You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

 3Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

 4Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

 5Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

 6Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

 7Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

 8The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

 9Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.

 10For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.

 11Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.

 12Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.

 13Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,

 14That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.

 15And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.