Word for Today – Amos 9:1

Not One of Them Will Escape

As we dive into the last chapter of Amos, it is as if judgement bombs are exploding all around us. God has been rumbling at Israel throughout the entire book, and Amos, like a good weatherman, faithfully warned the people of the coming storm. But in both the literal and prophetic sense, the storm will not be stopped.

“I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said: ‘Strike the capitols until the thresholds shake, and shatter them on the heads of all the people; and those who are left I will kill with the sword; not one of them shall flee away, not one of them shall escape'” (Amos 9:1 NRSV).

Passages like this confuse people . . . Christian and non-Christian alike. It is hard for us to reconcile a loving God who shakes the world to its core and wields a life-taking sword. Isn’t he suppose to be the God of Kumbaya?

He is the One and only God. He is present everywhere, including the warm, fuzzy moments by the campfire. But he is much, much more. He is love and righteousness.

Sin and iniquity defined the Israelites and the surrounding nations throughout Amos. There are consequences to bad behavior and attitudes. Whether it is immediately understood, God is fair and righteous. Just because he loves the world doesn’t mean he sets aside his standard, and those who fall short will not escape.

But, the good news is, that there actually IS a way to escape the storm of God’s judgement . And, it is available to all! That is what we need to focus on. We all have hope . . . the hope of Jesus Christ. Jesus offers forgiveness of any sin or iniquity we may fall (or knowingly walk) into! The only thing is that we must recognize the sinful nature living in us and see that Jesus is our only hope of escape.

During his earthy ministry Jesus encountered an adulterous woman. After saving her from the judgmental mob that disbanded after no one publicly condemned her, Jesus said:

“Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin” (John 1:10).

Jesus loved this woman. He loves everyone. This sinful woman allowed Jesus to save her; not everyone gives Jesus that same opportunity.

Just as no one can escape God’s wrath, no one can escape his love . . . even if they reject him.

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

No one will escape God’s judgment. But, neither will anyone escape his love. The key is where we stand with Jesus. Do we accept him as Lord an Savior and receive judgment on that basis? Or will try to stand before God on our own? The choice is ours.

Word for Today: Not one of them will escape God’s love.

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