12.14.2016 – Old Testament: Amos 2.9–12
To read the Bible in a year, read Amos 1–3 on December 14, In the year of our Lord 2016
By Don Ruhl
The Lord did great and wonderful things for Israel when they entered the Land of Canaan, but once they entered the Land, they did things that they should not have done, as the Lord revealed through the prophet Amos,
“Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them,
Whose height was like the height of the cedars,
And he was as strong as the oaks;
Yet I destroyed his fruit above
And his roots beneath.
Also it was I who brought you up from the land of Egypt,
And led you forty years through the wilderness,
To possess the land of the Amorite.
I raised up some of your sons as prophets,
And some of your young men as Nazirites.
Is it not so, O you children of Israel?”
Says the LORD.
“But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink,
And commanded the prophets saying,
‘Do not prophesy!’”
In the first eight lines, the Lord reminded Israel how He paved the way for them, taking them out of the Land of Egypt, and into the Land of Canaan where giants dwelt, knocking them down for the sake of Israel, and in their place, the Lord gave Israel prophets and Nazirites.
Yet, what did Israel do? They told the prophets to remain silent and they gave the Nazirites wine to drink from which Nazirites were to refrain.
What then would the Lord do?
- How has the Lord blessed you?
- What have you done with His blessings?