God Preserves a Remnant

AmosIllustration:  “Amos Prophecies Against Israel” from Martin Luther’s Biblia / das ist / die gantze Heilige Shrift Deudsch, published in 1534.  Woodcut done by the workshop of Lucas Cranach.

“‘Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the surface of the ground, except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,’ declares the LORD” (Amos 9:8).

Amos was a shepherd whom God called to be a prophet to His idolatrous, corrupt, immoral, and unfaithful people. Over and over God reminded His people that He is their God, their Deliverer from slavery in Egypt. Again and again, they had chosen to follow other gods. Less than 200 years before this, God took the drastic action of dividing Israel into two nations because of her unfaithfulness, but she had already forgotten that lesson.

God gave Amos a terrifying message of judgment: Israel will be exiled from her homeland and destroyed. With this judgment, God gave the promise that showed His faithfulness to all His previous promises: “except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob.” God promised to send One who would save His unfaithful people. That is the Messiah we await. Because of His promise, God preserved a remnant of Israel through whom Messiah would someday come.

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for preserving my faith through Your Word and Your Spirit. Amen.

As We Wait: Do you ever compromise God’s Word for the sake of your own comfort or pleasure? Despite your unfaithfulness, God remains faithful and always welcomes those who repent.

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