Book of Amos Lesson 9 Reggie Webb

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Amos Ch. 4:6-13,5:1-3 “A Look to the Past” 

15 thoughts on “Book of Amos Lesson 9 Reggie Webb”

  1. I believe I understood, from the lesson that no matter what the chastisement was, Israel still refused to repent. But I think Pastor Reggie continued to teach, from Scripture, that God will meet them/all people in a “showdown. A time of harsh judgement. When Israel/we flatly refuse to repent.” Did I understand the teaching here correctly?

    1. That’s what I understood from the lesson, Tammy.

      Pastor Reggie clearly listed the chastisements God used to try to get Israel to repent and return to Him: lack of food resulting in hunger; lack of rain resulting in drought with no water to drink; blight, mildew and grasshoppers to destroy the crops resulting in no grain to plant or feed animals and no olive oil for cooking or medicine along with no wine; and plagues and the sword resulting in “lethal epidemics”. None of these chastisements moved the stubborn Israelites to repentance and returning to God.

      So God said, “Prepare to meet your God.” And Pastor Reggie then asked us if we thought “God has used various means to try to get the attention of Americans?” He answered his own question by saying, “Yes, He has tried various ways but so far America has refused to return to God. But when it comes down to the showdown…God will bring America to its knees if He ever determines that America is going to fall.”

      Sobering, that at the end of this lesson Pastor Reggie lets us know that the lament that the prophet Amos had was as if it had already happened. God’s judgment was certain. The nation had received the “death sentence with a 90% loss”.

  2. Tammy and Debi, I woke up Wednesday, Oct 15, 2019 the biggest news headlines for DC, Washington Nationals going to the World Series! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    Washington daily news for the last few years has seem like we would say, “just can’t get any worst.” But, the news from DC as we all over the world can hear, see and often respond with tweets of various voices continues with no peace in sight. We hear America the world’s greatest in 💲and military power. We tout the office of our Prez as the most powerful. According to our own voices we are great. Yet, reality sets in when we go to school, work, and play.

    Thank you Reggie, Tammy and Debi for your courage to love others as Christ loved you and gave himself for us. Ephesians 5:2 “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Vs 3 But among you, as is proper among the saints, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed.…”

  3. What jammed pact lesson Pastor Reggie. So much to think about. One of things that struck down me was when you said, “Sometimes we need to be reminded who God is? Also when you said, “He was not the God who the Israelites thought He was.” Whoa, perhaps people don’t really know who God is and need to be taught and/or others need to be reminded

    You said, God is the one who forms the mountains, who creates the wind,” (Hebrew) He,God declares to a man what is man’s inner most thoughts, thinking, and motives are. He turns day light into darkness. The Lord of Host is the LORD God Almighty. He is Creator and sustainer of the Universe. God cannot be escaped from.

    Whoa, no surprises here, but hard to stomach, “The USA has drifted from God and taken God’s name out of most everything. There will be Showdown!

    Yes Tammie we fail to repent, Yes Debi, God will bring America to its knees, Yes Sara according to our own voices we are great. Yet, reality sets in when we go to school, work, , and play.” Debi I join you in saying it is very sobering.

    1. Rena, you went on a treasure hunt and found greatness. We do need to know and gift others with this knowledge when it’s not the topic of the chatter that goes on day and night between family and friends.

      I’m constantly thinking is my mind focused on God. If so, I have treasures beyond diamonds and rubies to freely share. So often we think they don’t want to hear about God. That’s a joke on me. A thought of judgement. I have something from my foolish mind that’s better to give. Or, open my ear to hear another’s foolishness.

      Yes, Reggie has truly gifted us.

      1. My daily thoughts this week was “knowing God” the following were my Tuesday and Wednesday thoughts for contemplation. They sure complimented this lesson on AMOS.

        “This means engaging in dialogue with the Bible—bringing our questions to it, hearing its questions to us, examining our answers in its light, and taking its answers very seriously, particularly when they conflict with our own, which will be most of the time. —”Robert McAfee Brown (Tuesday)

        ”What does it mean to “know God”? Who are the ones who know God? ”—Robert McAfee Brown (Wednesday)

  4. Sara, you wrote the quote question above,”What does it mean to “know God”?

    I thought on what Rena wrote from Pastor Reggie’s lesson, “He was not the God who the Israelites thought He was.” And listening to this lesson and previous ones, we learned that the Israelites thought they were God’s chosen people and would always be, yet they refused to live in obedience like His chosen. So that says to me that knowing God is not head knowledge or thinking you know something about Him. There has to be a lifestyle that reflects an understanding of Him and His will and His ways.

    I thought this scripture from Colossians 1:9,10 was helpful in connecting knowing God with the way we live.
    “So ever since we first heard about you we have kept on praying and asking God to help you understand what he wants you to do; asking him to make you wise about spiritual things; and asking that the way you live will always please the Lord and honor him, so that you will always be doing good, kind things for others, while all the time you are learning to know God better and better.”

    1. Gee Debi, This scripture sure gets one’s attention if you’re truly looking for an answer to the question on knowing God! Awareness seems to be the teaspoon that holds the meds. And, we are given here an awareness to swallow the meds 24/7! Thanks!
      “Colossians 1:9,10 was helpful in connecting knowing God with the way we live.”
      “So ever since we first heard about you we have kept on praying and asking God to help you understand what he wants you to do; asking him to make you wise about spiritual things; and asking that the way you live will always please the Lord and honor him, so that you will always be doing good, kind things for others, while all the time you are learning to know God better and better.”

    2. Thanks Debi for sharing Colossians here. Of course, I had to go read the footnotes from the NLT Bible for the verses you shared. The footnotes are actually for Colossians 1: 9-14 and I’d like to share here. “Paul was exposing a heresy in the Colossian church that was similar to Gnosticism. Gnostics valued the accumulation of knowledge, but Paul pointed out that knowledge in itself is empty. To be worth anything, it must lead to a changed life and right living. His prayer for the Colossians has two dimensions. (1) that they might have complete knowledge of God’s will and have spiritual wisdom and understanding; (2) that their lives would produce every kind of good fruit, even as they learned to know God better and better. Knowledge is not merely to be accumulated; it should give us direction for living. Paul wanted the Colossians to be wise, but he also wanted them to use their knowledge. Knowledge of God is not a secret that only a few can discover; it is open to everyone. God wants us to learn more about him, and also to put belief into practice by helping others.”………It goes on, but I will stop there for now. When I read this and ponder what it says, I’m reminded of a comment I’ve heard before as I’m sure others have as well? “Anyone can go sit on a church pew,” sing a few worship songs, fellowship, hear the Word preached, and go back to their comfortable homes and live day in and day out. But if I am understanding what Paul was praying for the Colossians here and what Debi has shared here as an answer to the question: “what does it mean to ‘know God.'”……we HAVE to, as Christians “put our hand to the plow”??? Am I lost on what is suppose to be understood?

      1. Thanks for sharing the footnotes, Tammy. Your footnote, “God wants us to learn more about him, and also to put belief into practice by helping others.” sure seems to say we have to do something and “put our hand to the plow” (sounds like hard work to me) as you wrote above.

        This verse from Luke 9:62 about the ‘hand to the plow’ also seems to indicate that we have to stick to the ‘doing’. “Jesus said to him, “Anyone who starts to plow and then keeps looking back is of no use for the Kingdom of God.”

        Seems in order to know God we have to love Him, and to love Him is to obey Him and to do good to others (the Golden Rule). This translation of John 14:15-17 talks about this in a down to earth way I think. “If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you!”

    1. “This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. “ thankful we have the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to help us. And thankful for Christian friends who help us and pray for us.🙏

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