Read Amos 1 and 2. Why does the Lord warn that punishment is coming?
When we read these two chapter we see that God is talking about all the transgressions the neighboring nations of Israel and Judah.God passes judgement on the nations for their crimes against humanity.
Damascus: Because they threshed Gilead with implements of sharp iron..(1:3)
Gaza: Because they deported an entire population.(1:6)
Tyre: Because they delivered an entire population to Edom and did not remember the covenant of brotherhood. (1:9)
Edom: Because they perused his brother with the sword, while he stifled his compassion; his anger also tore continually, and he maintained his fury forever. (1:11)
Ammon: Because they ripped open a pregnant woman of Gilead (1:13)
Moab: Because he burned the bones of the king of Edom to lime (2:1)
Judah: They rejected the law of the Lord and have not kept his statues… (2:4)
Israel: Because they sell the righteous for money and ht need for a pair or sandals.(2:6)
Who among us does not bristle in pain at the incredible injustice we see? Were there no God, what hope would we have of justice ever being done? What does the promise, found throughout the Bible, of God bringing justice and judgment to the world mean to you? How can we learn to cling to that promise amid all the injustice that we see now?
The world that we live in seems to be filled with injustice. I am encouraged that God will someday set all things in order.
Prayer: Lord you were unhappy with the works of these nations and even your own people. My we walk upright in you sight. Help us to trust you are sovereign over all. In Jesus name amen.