biblestudy: Amos (Part 3)
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 01-Mar-88; Sermon #BS-AM03; 88 minutes
John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the Gentile nations without God's revelation were held accountable for basic principles of humanity. Amon's barbarity, Tyre's faithlessness, and Moab's propensity for sustained anger (exemplified by burning the bones of Edom to lime) and the desire to take revenge - God punishes with severity. God warns us that vengeance is His exclusively and will not tolerate our taking the law into our own hands. God reserves the severest penalty for Judah and Israel because they had spurned the covenant God had made with them. To whom much is given, much is required. God is no respecter of persons. As the Israel of God, we need to take these admonitory words personally- making sure that we do not syncretistically mix pagan and Christian elements (lies and truth) together. If we cultivate a love for the truth and guard the truth, the truth will guard us.
Accountability Amon Avenger of blood Barbarity Bitterness Burning bones to lime Christmas Coals of fire Concern for weak Covenant Easter Edom Gaza General Booth Hatred nourished in the heart Human welfare Israel of God Jeroboam I Lack of humanity Lawless one Moab No revelation Nurtured hatred Pleasure Pledged word Revelation of God's will Revenge Salvation Army Syncretistic religion Syrians Torah Traditions of men Treating people as things Tyre Urim and Thummin Vengeance Wars
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