Amos 5* Israel is called to seek the Lord. (1-6) Earnest exhortationsto repentance. (7-17) Threatenings respecting idolatries.(18-27)1-6 The convincing, awakening word must be heard and heeded, aswell as words of comfort and peace; for whether we hear orforbear, the word of God shall take effect. The Lord stillproclaims mercy to men, but they often expect deliverance fromsuch self-invented forms as make their condemnation sure. Whilethey refuse to come to Christ and to seek mercy in and by him,that they may live, the fire of Divine wrath breaks forth uponthem. Men may make an idol of the world, but will find it cannotprotect. 7-17 The same almighty power can, for repenting sinners, easilyturn affliction and sorrow into prosperity and joy, and aseasily turn the prosperity of daring sinners into utterdarkness. Evil times will not bear plain dealing; that is, evilmen will not. And these men were evil men indeed, when wise andgood men thought it in vain even to speak to them. Those whowill seek and love that which is good, may help to save the landfrom ruin. It behoves us to plead God's spiritual promises, tobeseech him to create in us a clean heart, and to renew a rightspirit within us. The Lord is ever ready to be gracious to thesouls that seek him; and then piety and every duty will beattended to. But as for sinful Israel, God's judgments had oftenpassed by them, now they shall pass through them. 18-27 Woe unto those that desire the day of the Lord'sjudgments, that wish for times of war and confusion; as some wholong for changes, hoping to rise upon the ruins of theircountry! but this should be so great a desolation, that nobodycould gain by it. The day of the Lord will be a dark, dismal,gloomy day to all impenitent sinners. When God makes a day dark,all the world cannot make it light. Those who are not reformedby the judgments of God, will be pursued by them; if they escapeone, another stands ready to seize them. A pretence of piety isdouble iniquity, and so it will be found. The people of Israelcopied the crimes of their forefathers. The law of worshippingthe Lord our God, is, Him only we must serve. Professors thriveso little, because they have little or no communion with God intheir duties. They were led captive by Satan into idolatry,therefore God caused them to go into captivity among idolaters.
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