The Bible says in Amos 3:4-7, “Will 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? Can 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?
Shall 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? Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth
his secret unto his servants the prophets.” These verses tell us
that things happen for a reason. There is a cause and an effect among the
animals of the world and other events. If you see the effect, then you know the
cause. We would expect that to be true about God and His involvement in this
world too. The prophet Amos is thinking about the wickedness in the
We saw in Amos 3:6 that God brings evil into a city, and then we are told in Amos 3:7 what God is going to do about that evil. It says, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing.” Why should He do anything? He is the One who brought it there in the first place. Where is God and what is He doing then with all this evil going on? It says in the last part of Amos 3:7, “but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” What is God’s “secret?” It is His truth: the truth about the need to turn from our sins and turn to Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” How many people know the secret or the truth: unfortunately, not many. Notice carefully who does know the secret: “his servants the prophets.” To know the secret, you must become a servant. Of course, this means being a willing servant. When a person truly comes to know Jesus Christ as Savior, that person not only asks for forgiveness, but also decides to start following Jesus: in other words that person willingly becomes a servant. God said that He revealed His secret unto “his servants the prophets.” The prophets are the ones who speak forth the word of God. They can only speak it forth if God has revealed it to them, called them, equipped them, guided them, and opened doors of opportunity for them. Probably the most important activity going on in the world is the preaching of the truth. That is God’s work. That is what is being done to counter the evil. If you want to fight against evil, get involved in the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, and supporting and encouraging the preaching and teaching of God’s Word.
The Bible says in Amos 3:8, “The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” If you are rightly related to the Lord and you are called of God to speak forth His Word as the prophets were so called, then once you know the Word of God, you must speak it forth. You cannot stop yourself. One way that you know God wants you to preach is that He gives you something to say, and so you are going to say it. You are not satisfied in listening to what other people have to say. You know the Word of God, and you want to explain it the way that God has shown it to you. Someone else might be legalistic, but you know all about the grace of God that is in Christ Jesus, so you are going to expound upon His grace. Someone else may talk about themselves, but you are going to talk about Jesus because He is the great Savior and He alone deserves praise and glory.
The Bible says in Amos 3:9-10, “Publish 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.
For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who
store up violence and robbery in their palaces.” The command
that gives in this verse is first of all to “publish.” God has a message for
all people and He wants His message to be published in all the nations. It is
interesting here because God says to publish his message in the “palaces.” The
leaders of the world need to take note of what God says. God put them in their
place, and God will take them out when He decides to, and God has many ways to
do that. Also, all of the rulers and other governmental officials will give an
answer to God at the judgment for what they did with the authority that God
gave to them. God showed the leaders two things: “great tumults” and “the
oppressed.” Why would God show the leaders of the nations these two things? A
tumult speaks of war and trouble. In spite of their best efforts, these nations
will know war and trouble. That is what is in their future unless they turn to
God. The other thing that God wanted the leaders to be aware
of was “the oppressed” in their “midst.” The writers of the USA
Declaration of Independence had it right in forming a government: “We hold
these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,
that among these are Life,
In Amos 3:8 we were told the importance of speaking forth the Word of God. In Amos 3:10 we are told the result of not listening to or learning from the Word of God. It says, “they know not to do right.” It can be extremely hard to do the right thing even when you know the Word of God, but there is no chance that people will do right if they have not heard from God’s Word. If they do not do right, they will have bad behaviors and then bad consequences. God says that the ungodly rulers “store up violence and robbery in their palaces.” They use violence against their own people and the people of other countries, and they are thieves: they steal from the people that they are supposed to be helping.
The Bible says in Amos 3:11-15, “Therefore 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. Thus 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. Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts, That 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. And 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.” God said in verse 11 that an “adversary” would come against the wicked rulers and the nations that they ruled, and that the adversaries would be stronger. You will have adversaries in this world. That is just the way the world works. Even if we are not talking about war, there will be competition and those who oppose you. How do you win the victory in these competitions? One thing is for certain: God can give the upper hand to whomever He chooses. The lesson is this: you do not want God angry with you if you want to fins the most success that you can in life. The various competitions in life, including war, are symbolic of the spiritual warfare that is taking place. The way to fight and win that war is described in Ephesians chapter 6. It says in Ephesians 6:10-13, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” If you are a Christian, and people come against you as adversaries, remember that they are not your adversaries even though they try to be. Treat them right. Make sure you are equipped for a spiritual warfare and not a human warfare. You will win the battle by being “strong in the Lord” and having all the parts of the spiritual armor mentioned in Ephesians chapter 6. Those who are not strong in the Lord are guaranteed to lose just like the rulers of the nations during the time of Hosea.
Notice the illustration that Amos used
in Amos 3:12. It is actually a statement based on the principle of eternal
security. It says, “As the shepherd taketh out of the
mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of
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