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biblestudy: Amos (Part 2)

Amos 1:1-15
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 16-Feb-88; Sermon #BS-AM02; 86 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh warns us that the book of Amos is specifically addressed to us- the end time church (the Israel of God) - the ones who have actually made the new covenant with God. Having made the covenant, we must remember that (1) privilege brings peril- the closer one draws to God, the closer will be the scrutiny, (2) we can't rest on past history or laurels, and (3) we (the ones who have consciously made the covenant with God) must take this message personally. Absolutely fair in His judgment, God judges Gentile and Israelite according to the level of moral understanding He has given them. No human being can escape the obligation to be human, as God has intended — treating other fellow human beings humanely (not as things or objects of profit). Edom's perpetual nursing of anger (harboring bitterness and hatred continually) against Israel is especially abhorrent to Almighty God- a candidate for the unpardonable sin.

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Affluence Breaking an immoral covenant Burden Conscience Covenant Edom Ends justify the means Fairness of God Gaza Impartiality of God Israel of God Levels of meaning in scripture Nature's revelation of God New covenant Plumb line Resting on laurels Self interest Sexual indulgence Silence the conscience Son of man Standards of morality Tabernacle of David Tyre Unrelenting scathing criticism Vessels of dishonor Vessels of honor






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