Amos 7* Visions of judgments to come upon Israel. (1-9) Amaziahthreatens Amos. (10-17)1-9 God bears long, but he will not bear always with aprovoking people. The remembrance of the mercies we formerlyreceived, like the produce of the earth of the former growth,should make us submissive to the will of God, when we meet withdisappointments in the latter growth. The Lord has many ways ofhumbling a sinful nation. Whatever trouble we are under, weshould be most earnest with God for the forgiveness of sin. Sinwill soon make a great people small. What will become of Israel,if the hand that should raise him be stretched out against him?See the power of prayer. See what a blessing praying people areto a land. See how ready, how swift God is to show mercy; how hewaits to be gracious. Israel was a wall, a strong wall, whichGod himself reared as a defence to his sanctuary. The Lord nowseems to stand upon this wall. He measures it; it appears to bea bowing, bulging wall. Thus God would bring the people ofIsrael to the trial, would discover their wickedness; and thetime will come, when those who have been spared often, shall bespared no longer. But the Lord still calls Israel his people.The repeated prayer and success of the prophet should lead us toseek the Saviour. 10-17 It is no new thing for the accusers of the brethren, tomisrepresent them as enemies to the king and kingdom, astraitors to their prince, and troublers of the land, when theyare the best friends to both. Those who make gain theirgodliness, and are governed by the hopes of wealth andpreferment, are ready to think these the most powerful motiveswith others also. But those who have a warrant from God, likeAmos, ought not to fear the face of man. If God, that sent him,had not strengthened him, he could not thus have set his face asa flint. The Lord often chooses the weak and foolish things ofthe world to confound the wise and mighty. But no ferventprayers, or self-denying labours, can bring proud sinners tobear faithful reproofs and warnings. And all who oppose ordespise the Divine word, must expect fatal effects to theirsouls, unless they repent.
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