Monday, August 19, 2013

Destruction Followed By Restoration

Amos 9:1-15 NIV

Israel to Be Destroyed

1I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and He said:

“Strike the tops of the pillars
so that the thresholds shake.
Bring them down on the heads of all the people;
those who are left I will kill with the sword.
Not one will get away,
none will escape.
2Though they dig down to the depths below,
from there My Hand will take them.
Though they climb up to the heavens above,
from there I will bring them down.
3Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel,
there I will hunt them down and seize them.
Though they hide from My Eyes at the bottom of the sea,
there I will command the serpent to bite them.
4Though they are driven into exile by their enemies,
there I will command the sword to slay them.
“I will keep My Eye on them
for harm and not for good.”
5The Lord, the Lord Almighty—
He touches the earth and it melts,
and all who live in it mourn;
the whole land rises like the Nile,
then sinks like the river of Egypt;
6He builds His Lofty Palacea in the heavens
and sets its foundationb on the earth;
He calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out over the face of the land—
the Lord is His Name.
7“Are not you Israelites
the same to Me as the Cushitesc ?”
declares the Lord.

“Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt,
the Philistines from Caphtord
and the Arameans from Kir?
8“Surely the Eyes of the Sovereign Lord
are on the sinful kingdom.
I will destroy it
from the face of the earth.
Yet I will not totally destroy
the descendants of Jacob,”
declares the Lord.

9“For I will give the Command,
and I will shake the people of Israel
among all the nations
as grain is shaken in a sieve,
and not a pebble will reach the ground.
10All the sinners among My people
will die by the sword,
all those who say,
‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’

Israel’s Restoration

11 “In that day
I will restore David’s fallen shelter—
I will repair its broken walls
and restore its ruins—
and will rebuild it as it used to be,
12so that they may possess the remnant of Edom
and all the nations that bear my name,e 
declares the Lord, who will do these things.

13“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,

“when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman
and the planter by the one treading grapes.
New wine will drip from the mountains
and flow from all the hills,
14and I will bring My people Israel back from exile.f
“They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them.
They will plant vineyards and drink their wine;
they will make gardens and eat their fruit.
15I will plant Israel in their own land,
never again to be uprooted
from the land I have given them,”
says the Lord your God.

9:1-10 Amos, in vision, saw the Lord standing upon the idolatrous altar at Bethel. God will set His Eyes upon them for evil, not for good. Wretched must those be on whom the Lord looks for evil, and not for good.

The Lord would scatter the Jews, and visit them with calamities, as the corn is shaken in a sieve; but He would save some from among them. The astonishing preservation of the Jews as a distinct people seems here foretold.

9:11-15 Christ died to gather together the children of God that were scattered abroad, here said to be those who were called by His Name. Verses 13-15 may refer to the early times of Christianity, but will receive a more glorious fulfillment in the events which all the prophets more or less foretold, and may be understood of the happy state when the fullness both of the Jews and the Gentiles come into the Kingdom of Christ. Let us pray for the fulfillment of these prophecies, in the peace, purity, and the beauty of His Kingdom on earth.

God marvelously preserves His elect amidst the most fearful confusions and miseries. When all seems desperate, He wonderfully revives His church, and blesses her with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. And great shall be the glory of that period, in which not one good thing promised shall remain unfulfilled.

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