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Hearing hard things

 

 

Although God sometimes has hard things to say to His people, His plans are always for the good of His people (Micah 2 v 6-7). So, let's hear Him with thanks and a determination to amend our ways if and where we need to.

Gift and change

Read Amos 3 v 1-2

  • - What privilege do God's people have?
  • - But what does their status not exempt from?

Covenants have two sides.

  • 1. God commits Himself to those in covenant with Him. He will bless His covenant people.
  • 2. God's people are to be faithful to God and obedient to His word. God's gift demands a change in our behavior.

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APPLY

  • - Are you someone who sometimes wants the gift of relationship with God, but not the change in behavior?
  • - How do these verses challenge you?

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Who can but speak?

Read verses 3-8

  • - What are the first seven causes and effects listed here (v 3-6)?

In verse 8, fearing the lion's roar is linked to the right response to God's words.

  • - So what should happen when God speaks?

 

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PRAY

Just like Amos, we have been given God's word to declare to God's world (if you have time, read 1 Peter 2 v 9-10). It is part of being one of God's people. Pray (and also plan) for opportunities to speak about Jesus to others.

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Read verses 9-15

God calls two pagan nations to witness His accusation against His people.

  • - What is God's primary accusation against Israel (v 10)?
  • - What specific example is given?
  • - How will God's punishment of His people fit the crime (v 13-15)?

God's generosity towards His people should be met by generosity from His people, but this is not how Israel acts.

 

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APPLY

We may not have a great deal of loot, nor great fortresses to store it in! But we can live out the opposite of verse 10, by seeking to do right; and by using our homes and possessions to be radically generous to others.

  • - How could you do this more?

Read 2 Corinthians 8 v 9

  • - How is Jesus our example and inspiration in this way of life?

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Explore God's Word Daily helps you open up the Bible to be refreshed and encouraged in your walk with God. "Explore" is the daily Bible-reading devotional from The Good Book Company (www.thegoodbook.com). Contributors include: Dr Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York; Mike McKinley, Senior pastor of Guilford Baptist Church; Tim Chester, author and pastor of Crowded House, Sheffield, UK; Mark Meynell, Senior Associate Minister at All Soul’s Langham Place, London, UK. Editors: Tim Thornborough and Carl Laferton.

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