9 thoughts on “Book of Amos Lesson 11 Reggie Webb

  1. “Day of the Lord”… it was interesting that in this lesson Pastor Reggie began with telling us that the Israelites were looking forward to it because they thought as God’s ‘elected’ and ‘selected’ they were guaranteed the Lord’s favor and redemption from “all distress”. Pastor Reggie said their concept of the Day of the Lord “bolstered them, even in their life of sin”. But we learned that only judgement was reserved for them, as with all sinners. And that their “routine observance of their religious rituals was empty because they lacked the love and concern and the humble obedience to God that marks a sincere profession of faith.” We heard that it is the same with us today. Pastor Reggie said, “If you are living like the devil during the week, don’t think that you can come to church and engage in worship and that it will be acceptable to God…He expects you to live for Him 24 hours a day everyday…and that if we don’t, our worship is not acceptable.” I thought this quote of his was powerful: “Worship divorced from right conduct is an abomination to God.”

    I think we heard clearly in this lesson that God wants His people to practice righteousness and justice “all the time, routinely everywhere.” He wants “an everyday commitment to a life of integrity and goodness…not just now and then.”

    1. Debi, another excellent job of giving us great notes from the lesson. I heard the lesson just as you have written. I must say I was thinking each word from the work of Amos was a movie in itself. I’m still after hours of thought trying to think what am I thinking about, “ The Day of The Lord.” I understand its means judgement. But, as with the Israelites God’s judgement means different things to different people or groups of people.

      These thoughts from Choan-Seng Song, a theologian and author, gave me a little hope after thinking about how divided we are in ideology.
      “In the book Jesus, the Crucified People, Song, author articulates how Jesus works to this day, within each of us and our churches, no matter what our culture.
      [Jesus] burnt himself out totally, like a candle, to give light to the people living under the power of darkness. He lived, toiled, and died solely for that purpose. But unlike a candle he did not just melt away, leaving no trace. . . And though a candle is unable to prevent the return of darkness as soon as it is extinguished, Jesus’ light has burned on and has ignited countless new lights in the world. . . .”

      John 8 gives us an account of Jesus saying, “I am the light of the world.” This truth is in response to The Woman Caught in Adultery, vs 11 “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Now go and sin no more.” And, he repeats, “I am the light of the world.”

      From Debi’s notes…. “Worship divorced from right conduct is an abomination to God.”

      I think we heard clearly in this lesson that God wants His people to practice righteousness and justice “all the time, routinely everywhere.” He wants “an everyday commitment to a life of integrity and goodness…not just now and then.”

  2. Exile- taken from their land….PR speaks of this horror! Dose this happen today? If it does? Does my finger quickly click such behavior away? Oh my, help as I was typing my thoughts while listening to the lesson. I thought let me answer my own question. I didn’t get to answer before PR answered my question with a question:
    “Is it possible for God’s children to become complacent?”

  3. My answer to your question, “Is it possible for God’s children to become complacent?” Perhaps they only thought they were God’s children. They had made the right moves to be a Christian and had accepted Jesus in their mind as their Lord and Savior or followed someone else down to the altar just because the other person did. No relationship developed, but good deeds followed and then later they found emptiness. Jesus wanted a relationship and called but their was no response. Jesus’s Words Fill us up. Just my perspective.

    1. Adding to Rena’s comments above on complacency, I was reminded many places in scriptures where we are reminded to fight complacency off. One definition of complacency being: “feeling so satisfied with your own abilities or situation that you feel you do not need to try any harder”. I Timothy 6:12 tells us to “Fight the good fight of faith”… sounds like a struggle where we really have to try.

      Then in 2 Peter 1 we are instructed to keep pushing on and adding, adding, adding, not settling for a certain level or dull tempo. “So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.”

      1. Debi, thanks for sharing the Scripture in 1Timothy here. I looked up the footnotes for 1Timothy 6:11-12 (NLT) these footnotes sure causes me to consider my Christian walk and how I may need to “pick up the pace” in fighting the good fight. “Paul uses active and forceful verbs to describe the Christian life: run, pursue, fight, how tightly. Some think Christianity is a passive religion that advocates waiting for God to act. On the contrary, we must have an active faith, training, working hard, sacrificing, and doing what we know is right. Is it time for action on your part?Christian service, like athletics requires training and sacrifice. Our discipline and obedience largely define whether or not we will be contributors or merely spectators. How would other believers rank your contributing role on Christ ‘s team?”

  4. After reading your wonderful summary Debi, and reading your shared reading of the analogy of Jesus as the candle who burnt himself out to give life light to the people living under the power of darkness…Jesus light has burned on and has ignited countless new lights in the world…” I remembered reading a story along similar lines called “Punching Holes in the Darkness”. This story is about Robert Louis Stevenson. During an extended period of illness in his childhood years — Robert Louis Stevenson was found gazing out his window one evening at dusk — fascinated by a sight that held his attention. Finally his nurse inquired as to what he was looking so intently. He replied: — “I’m watching a man punching holes in the darkness.” It was the lamplighter at work that intrigued him — lighting the gas lamps for the oncoming night. (Light overcoming the darkness.)

    Pastor Reggie speaks of the darkness of the Israelites who thought they had a guarantee on God’s favor….Amos said, you have it all wrong! Sinners are going to be judged on the Day of the Lord and that includes you, Israel. You are not ready for the Day of the Lord. For you, it is going to be a day of darkness and not light.
    (Darkness, no light). Pastor Reggie said, “It would bring them nothing but harm and destruction.” ( ? In my mind, “Are we like the Israelites sitting in darkness every week in churches thinking we will be elevated because we have a name badge which reads “I’m a Christian, but don’t really have C-H-R-I-S-T in our H-E-A-R-T. What a scary prospect to me.. Facing darkness and not light!!!! May we be the ones who punches holes in the darkness. Jesus punched a big hole in the darkness. Be the light and don’t add to the darkness. Punch holes in the darkness expanding the light of Jesus to others bringing more and more light to a dark world.

    1. Rena’s story by Robert Louis Stevenson took me back to a book that Sara wrote and taught on at a retreat that many of us on the Lily attended some years back, That book was all about light as it pertained to our day to day relationships with others. In this book, “Throwing Your Light Forward – Relationship, Friendship, Fellowship”, Sara said this: “Let us examine our relationships and ourselves and see if we are functioning in light or darkness.” Further on in the book she said, “Many times in our relationships we find we are failing and wondering why? We start out with such high hopes. We dream of how we think things should be and fail to focus on how they will be based on our life style according to God’s Holy Pattern.”

      Interestingly, a little further on we read the same quote by Robert Louis Stevenson, “Punch holes in your darkness” with a warning given related to it. “Darkness, (skot-oss) Strong’s #4655 from the root “to cover”. The word is used literally for physical darkness and metaphorically for spiritual, moral, and intellectual darkness. The darkness arises from error, ignorance, disobedience, willful blindness, and rebellion. Darkness is an evil system absolutely opposed to the light.”

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