Amos 3* Judgments against Israel. (1-8) The like to other nations.(9-15)1-8 The distinguishing favours of God to us, if they do notrestrain from sin, shall not exempt from punishment. They couldnot expect communion with God, unless they first sought peacewith him. Where there is not friendship, there can be nofellowship. God and man cannot walk together, except they areagreed. Unless we seek his glory, we cannot walk with him. Letus not presume on outward privileges, without special,sanctifying grace. The threatenings of the word and providenceof God against the sin of man are certain, and certainly showthat the judgments of God are at hand. Nor will God remove theaffliction he has sent, till it has done its work. The evil ofsin is from ourselves, it is our own doing; but the evil oftrouble is from God, and is his doing, whoever are theinstruments. This should engage us patiently to bear publictroubles, and to study to answer God's meaning in them. Thewhole of the passage shows that natural evil, or troubles, andnot moral evil, or sin, is here meant. The warning given to acareless world will increase its condemnation another day. Ohthe amazing stupidity of an unbelieving world, that will not bewrought upon by the terrors of the Lord, and that despise hismercies! 9-15 That power which is an instrument of unrighteousness, willjustly be brought down and broken. What is got and keptwrongfully, will not be kept long. Some are at ease, but therewill come a day of visitation, and in that day, all they areproud of, and put confidence in, shall fail them. God willinquire into the sins of which they have been guilty in theirhouses, the robbery they have stored up, and the luxury in whichthey lived. The pomp and pleasantness of men's houses, do notfortify against God's judgments, but make sufferings the moregrievous and vexatious. Yet a remnant, according to the electionof grace, will be secured by our great and good Shepherd, asfrom the jaws of destruction, in the worst times.
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