Amos 1-3, Romans 5
4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 3Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
18Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.
When it’s sin verses grace. Grace will win hands down every time! I love this
Amen to all! Loving this interaction and wisdom!
Wow! What great pairing of texts. Guilt and Grace side by side. And the grace is even to be found in Amos. God corrects His people but He also preserves
I agree Joanne!
I found it interesting how many non-Hebrew nations the Lord is promising to punish: Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab. These were (are?) enemies of Israel. And yet Israel & Judah, the divided kingdoms after Solomon’s reign, are still held accountable and are also listed among those deserving punishment. Many hold a belief that, until Christ, Gentile (non-Hebrew) nations weren’t accountable to the Law (the 10 Commandments and other OT Law). I think this disputes that idea—clearly the Lord took notice of their sins & unholy living, how they treated their neighbors. And Israel, God’s chosen people, is not immune from punishment either! We all are guilty before a holy God!
But Jesus…the contrast in Romans 5 is amazing–While we (ALL) were sinners, Christ died for us (ALL). Jesus reconciles God’s enemies through His death. As sin reigned in death, so GRACE reigns through Jesus’ righteousness, bringing eternal life in place of deserved condemnation.
I definitely appreciate these words! I was missing the powerful connection. (Focused on details in the reading instead of seeing the whole picture.). Thanks’
Same! What great insight. Thank you!
Just started this plan in October and going backwards some days. In reading more OT here and alone, I’m amazed at what I DON’T know after being in church 30+ years. I love how you pointed out the judgement on all men, not only those whom God had claimed at this time. There’s so much I don’t understand in the OT-reasons behind certain actions, why God chose to demolish certain people. But I’m gleaning a whole new insight to God’s view of those societies that HAVE professed His name.
Even though we were sinners, because God loves us so much, he sent his only son in flesh to die for our sins, so we may be washed and come clean. If that’s not love, then I don’t know what is. His Grace is enough
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