Led Astray by Lies

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Amos 2:4-16, Deuteronomy 6:4-19, James 2:1-13

Do you remember the news coverage of the 2019 fire at Notre Dame cathedral? I won’t forget the image of flames leaping through the roof and spire. Seeing such a beautiful, iconic structure scorched made my heart sink.

In our reading today, we see something on fire during the ancient era known as the divided kingdom. Something beautiful was burning. Israel was designed to be a model of what the world desperately needed: an expression of a unified people following and loving the one true God and loving their neighbors (Leviticus 19:18).

Listen, Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 
—Deuteronomy 6:4-5 

Yet the Israelites were no longer a unified nation under God. Instead, they fought amongst themselves and split into northern Israel and southern Judah. They were separated from Him, each other, and the nations around them by rejecting God’s ways. 

They have rejected the instruction of the LORD and have not kept his statutes.
—Amos 2:4 

But God was not silent. His message through prophets like Amos was loud and clear. Amos began by calling out the violence and injustice of the surrounding nations. No one was exempt as He proclaimed God’s judgment on Syria, Philistia, Phoenicia, Edom, Ammon, and Moab. Their sins were many:  genocide, slavery, and greed for land and power. 

Amos didn’t stop there. It was about to get personal. God also called him to declare judgment on Judah and Israel. Instead of being a light to the nations, the divided kingdom had joined the darkness of their idolatrous neighbors. God’s people rejected His commands, worshiped false gods, oppressed the poor, and sold people into slavery. Their sins were many, and their reflection of God was scorched. 

God had warned them, saying, “be careful not to forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery” (Deuteronomy 6:12). Sin often starts by forgetting—forgetting who God is, who we are as His people, and what we are called to do by His power.

The Israelites did forget, and so do we. There’s a reason Deuteronomy 6:4–5 was an ancient daily prayer and is still recited today. It’s the Shema (a Hebrew word for “listen, hear”), and it calls people back to the reality of the one true God. We forget Him when we reject His ways and ride the currents around us. We forget that we’ve been called for a purpose—to reflect God by knowing Him, loving Him, and living in ways that eventually bless us and the world around us.   

God is not silent about sin that scorches. Are we listening? If we are, we’ll also hear of beauty from ashes and of the Light who breaks through the darkness. Like Notre Dame, we are damaged but not destroyed. Read on in Amos and beyond. Read on and hear! 

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57 thoughts on "Led Astray by Lies"

  1. MARTHA HIX says:

    ❤️

  2. Terri Baldwin says:

    5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. – Deuteronomy 6:5

  3. Sydney Smith says:

    “Sin happens when we forget God” how true is this. Staying focused on His word and working for Him daily is where I find rest.

  4. Antonette Toney Henry says:

    Thanks for the prayer and thoughtful Post @Mercy. Yes and Amen!

  5. Antonette Toney Henry says:

    Today’s reading was fire. I read the the Holman Bible Handbook and came across this quote which spoke to me:
    “The people of God had fallen asleep in the the comfort of the privileges of salvation and needed to be jolted into the awareness that the only assured certainty of the possession of those privileges was the evidence of a life committed without reserve to being holy as their Savior God is holy. “(J.A. Motyer)
    I am to remember that my LOVE for God is walked out in obedience and holiness, nothing less. God forgive me, Jesus strengthen me, Holy Spirit equip me.
    Thanks @Susan. Prayers for you and your precious husband @Nancy S.

  6. Jenna Gilmore says:

    Deuteronomy 6:4 reminded me that just like Israel is supposed to be one + not separate… so are our marriages. We see what happens when there’s separation in this devotion. The same goes for marriages. Israel wasn’t meant to be split + neither is marriage. You’re rejecting God’s ways when you split them. Felt led to share ❤️

  7. Cindy Gantz says:

    What a good word from scripture & the f/u devo. God is not silent about sin that scorches. Sin burns. Oh Lord, we pray for mercy and grace as we walk in this world. May we never forget Whose we are. Thank you for taking our ashes and turning them into something beautiful. May we see with your eyes, your heart, and love you with all our heart, our soul, and our strength.

  8. Mikayla Ligon says:

    Great reminder to never forget who God is and what He has called us to be