Amos 4* Israel is reproved. (1-5) Their impenitence shown. (6-13)1-5 What is got by extortion is commonly used to provide forthe flesh, and to fulfil the lusts thereof. What is got byoppression cannot be enjoyed with satisfaction. How miserableare those whose confidence in unscriptural observances onlyprove that they believe a lie! Let us see to it that our faith,hope, and worship, are warranted by the Divine word. 6-13 See the folly of carnal hearts; they wander from onecreature to another, seeking for something to satisfy, andlabour for that which satisfies not; yet, after all, they willnot incline their ear to Him in whom they might find all theycan want. Preaching the gospel is as rain, and every thingwithers where this rain is wanting. It were well if people wereas wise for their souls as they are for their bodies; and, whenthey have not this rain near, would go and seek it where it isto be had. As the Israelites persisted in rebellion andidolatry, the Lord was coming against them as an adversary. Erelong, we must meet our God in judgment; but we shall not be ableto stand before him, if he tries us according to our doings. Ifwe would prepare to meet our God with comfort, at the awfulperiod of his coming, we must now meet him in Christ Jesus, theeternal Son of the Father, who came to save lost sinners. Wemust seek him while he is to be found.
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