Rayburn gives us an impressive list of the things we can learn from the book of Amos...
- That God’s wrath and judgment is a reality in the world and it falls first and most severely on God’s house, the church;
- That there is a progression in unbelief, beginning with indifference to God’s Word;
- That there is a point of no return which unbelievers even in the church pass with their constant refusal to heed and answer God’s summons to repentance; and once having passed these people are dead even though they live;
- That divine wrath is revealed suddenly and ferociously over and over and over again in the history of the world and yet, nevertheless, it always surprises the unbeliever;
- That the poor are swept up in this judgment as well as the rich; and that in God’s holy judgment he remains forever no respecter of persons;
- That repentance consists not of feelings and experiences, but of the repudiation of one’s sin and the putting on of obedience before God because of one’s consciousness of the Lord, of his reality, of his presence, and the reality of salvation in him and him only.
In today's passage we also see that God will vindicate His faithful ministers who speak the truth just as surely as He will punish the false teachers and unfaithful ministers; you cannot rebel against God without impunity forever; you cannot mistake His patience to mean anything but the fact that He is delaying judgment, for it is surely coming; absolutely no guilty persons will escape unpunished; but that there will always be a remnant of genuine believers.
We are that remnant and we must live like we are.
The beginning of our John passage is not in the earliest manuscripts, but it is still faithful to the rest of the gospel. Jesus did not condemn the woman, but neither did He ignore or condone her sin. He stands ready to forgive any sin, but true repentance and confession means a change of heart which will bring with it a change in behaviour.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Ezekiel 1-2; John 8:28-59