The Bible is speaking about God and what He does in this world, and it says in Amos 5:9, “That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.” The word “spoiled” here does not speak of being spoiled like we use the term for an overindulged child or adult in our culture. To spoil means to ruin or to oppress. God cares for those who are cast down. The successful and the powerful people of this world usually do not care for God because they think they got their success through their own abilities. Those who have been oppressed are more likely to turn to God because they se their need. They lost in the world’s lottery, and so their only hope is Jesus. That is why Jesus said in Matthew 5:3-5, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” It says that God “strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong.” Who is the strongest, those who have the strength of man or those who have strength from God? The answer should be obvious. If the all-powerful God is there to provide all that you need, He will also provide you with the strength necessary to face you opposition. They will be weak compared to the strength that God will give you. Paul an apostle wrote in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
In the next verse the Bible turns to
the subject of the sins of the children of
Of course, there is eventually a price to pay for turning against God. God is patient and He is merciful, but eventually the opportunities to turn to Jesus run out. God told the Israelites in Amos 5:11, “ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.” What is wrong with building great stone houses or planting pleasant vineyards. There is nothing at all wrong with that in and of themselves, just like there is nothing necessarily wrong with any riches. But the problem can be just as it was with the Israelites in how the riches were attained. The Israelites obtained their riches on the backs of the poor. No one who works an honest day’s work should live in poverty. If someone does an honest day’s work, they should be paid an honest day’s wage. It is an evil business owner who pays his workers the least that he can. The same message is found in James 5:3-4, “Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.” Amos 5:12 says that they rich people “turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.” Here is one of the rights that all human beings are given from God: the right to be paid an honest wage and to not be cheated by the rich business owners.
The Bible says in Amos 5:13-15, “Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time. Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.” There is some very good advice given in verse 13. It says, “the prudent shall keep silence in that time.” There is a time to keep silent and to say nothing. Just because you know something does not mean that God wants you to say what you know. It says in First Thessalonians 4:11, “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.” It also says in James 1:19, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” There is a time when evil begins its march that people should speak out. Sometimes all that it takes for evil to come in and take over is for good people to do and say nothing. But once evil has taken control, and the train has left the station and is charging down the tracks, and unless it is God’s specific will for you, you are not going to stop that locomotive. As a matter of fact, once God has decided to bring judgment against a nation for all of the evil that has come into it, you are not going to stop that either. A prudent person knows when it is time to be silent. What should you do in such a time of great evil? Amos 5:14 and 15 tells us what to do. It says in verse 14, “Seek good, and not evil,” and it says in verse 15, “Hate the evil, and love the good.” You may not be able to have an effect on what everyone else is doing, but you can still control your own heart. The heart is always the most important aspect of what anyone is doing. God sees and knows the heart. God is pleased and happy to find anyone who seeks Him. You are seeking God when you love what is good and hate what is evil.
The Bible says in Amos 5:16-18, “Therefore
the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus;
Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the
husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. Woe unto you that desire the day
of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.”
First of all in these verses God is telling the Israelites once again that judgment
is coming and that it is going to be bad. God tells them this because He is
hoping they will take His warning and repent while there is still time. The
Israelites also had a misunderstanding of the meaning of the phrase “the day of
the Lord.” We know that this phrase refers to when the Lord will come. The
Bible has a lot to say about the Coming of the Lord Jesus. We know about the
first Coming of the Lord. He was born in
The Bible says in Amos 5:19-27, “As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.” We live in what is becoming a more and more secular society. The Israelites lived in a very religious society, but having a “religious” society does not guarantee that people are really serving God. They can go through the rituals and enforce the rules but still be distant from God and be serving themselves and their own will. God wants the heart. Believing in Jesus involves the heart. The true worship of God is not a religion, but is a relationship with Christ. Of all the sins that the Israelites were committing, and there were many, God was most disturbed by their false worship. That is why God said in Amos 5:27, “Therefore…” Because of the false religious beliefs, the judgment came. Be careful what you believe and be careful what you accept as your doctrines about the one true God. If you are wrong, you will be in the same place as the Israelites were 2700 years ago. Turn to the Truth while there is time. Jesus is the Truth.
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