March 26, 2012

Today you should read: Amos 2

“If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck then it’s a duck.”

Have you ever heard this statement? Where I come from this is a common saying that means how you walk and talk defines who you are. If you have not heard this saying I do apologize. I come from a place called Kingbee, KY and it is not always a snap shot of cultural norms. To explain it in a different way, let’s say that I went out and bought a police uniform and I walked around downtown Lexington with it on. Now let’s say that I heard shouting and I see a guy run past me with a mask on holding a purse. Seconds later a woman comes running up screaming, “Officer, arrest that man he stole my purse!” Then let’s say that I look at her with a confused look on my face and I say to her, “I’m not a cop.” What would the woman be thinking? She would probably be thinking, “You idiot why are you walking around with a police uniform on? Don’t you know that is confusing to people?”

In the first two chapters Amos has this ongoing theme with all of the people groups. He is judging them based on their sinful actions. The language he uses is “For three transgressions ____, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment.” He talks about groups like the Ammonites and the Moabites who where nations that God drove out of the Promised Land. In the book of Joshua, God drove these nations out of the Promised Land through war. He gave Israel victory over these nations for three reasons.

  1. Punishment for their sin against God
  2. To purify the promised land
  3. To set up Israel as his chosen people to be an example to the other nations

So, when we get to chapter two, Amos begins to talk about the judgment on Judah and on Israel. It is interesting that Amos talks about Judah and Israel in the exact same way he talks about all of the other nations. Amos is doing this to communicate a message to God’s chosen people. The message is, “you have sinned against God and you are acting no different than all these other nations who worship other gods.”

Amos is set during the time of king Jeroboam covered in 2 Kings 14:23-15:7. During this time Israel was worshipping Yahweh and Baal. Baal was known as the storm god and other nations worshipped him because they believed he brought the rain for their crops. In other words Israel no longer trusted in the Lord for provision.

So, how do the events taking place in Israel at this time relate to us?

The way Israel is acting is the same as someone claiming to be a Christian but their life reflecting that they have no real trust in the Lord. Instead, one may trust in the god of finance, the god of fashion, the god of relationships, the god of success, the god of sports, the god of food, etc. Basically, what you worship is what you believe in. My definition for belief is knowledge with trust. For someone to claim Christianity is not that uncommon. We live in the “Bible Belt.” A lot of people know about God and know about Jesus but it is much less common to find someone who truly trusts in Jesus Christ.

Question to Ponder?

1. Do you wear the uniform of Christianity but really trust in another god? Please honestly examine your heart and your motivations with this question.

2. Can you say that you are totally defined by the Gospel? Remember what you believe dictates your affections and your actions.

Posted by: Chad Wiles

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

5 thoughts on “March 26, 2012”

  1. Great Job Chad! It is good for everyone to do self examination, no mater what role a person holds in this world.

  2. This really challenges me to do some introspection and see if my life is being defined by the Gospel, or by my trust in something else.

    Good post, Chad.

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