Amos 2* Judgments against Moab and Judah. (1-8) The ingratitude andruin of Israel. (9-16)1-8 The evil passions of the heart break out in various forms;but the Lord looks to our motives, as well as our conduct. Thosethat deal cruelly, shall be cruelly dealt with. Other nationswere reckoned with for injuries done to men; Judah is reckonedwith for dishonour done to God. Judah despised the law of theLord; and he justly gave them up to strong delusion; nor was itany excuse for their sin, that they were the lies, the idols,after which their fathers walked. The worst abominations andmost grievous oppressions have been committed by some of theprofessed worshippers of the Lord. Such conduct leads many tounbelief and vile idolatry. 9-16 We need often to be reminded of the mercies we havereceived; which add much to the evil of the sins we havecommitted. They had helps for their souls, which taught them howto make good use of their earthly enjoyments, and were thereforemore valuable. Faithful ministers are great blessings to anypeople; but it is God that raises them up to be so. Sinners' ownconsciences will witness that he has not been wanting to them inthe means of grace. They did what they could to lead believersaside. Satan and his agents are busy to corrupt the minds ofyoung people who look heavenward; they overcome many by drawingthem to the love of mirth and pleasure, and into drinkingcompany. Multitudes of young men who bade fair as professors ofreligion, have erred through strong drink, and have been undonefor ever. The Lord complains of sin, especially the sins of hisprofessing people, as a burden to him. And though hislong-suffering be tired, his power is not, and so the sinnerwill find to his cost. When men reject God's word, addingobstinacy to sin, and this becomes the general character of apeople, they will be given up to misery, notwithstanding alltheir boasted power and resources. May we then humble ourselvesbefore the Lord, for all our ingratitude and unfaithfulness.
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