Lesson 15 Reggie Webb Book of Amos

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Amos Ch. 8:1-14 “Just weights and measures” Lesson 15

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

  1. A few days ago some of us responded to our Blog on things we are thankful for. I had a very long list but I thought let me narrow my thoughts to a giant bigger than life gratitude. My focus became a burning desire of delight of The Light, The Living Word of God and the splendor it provides every split second. The scripture that seems so bright at this time in time with the crises of our churches, nations, families and friends is as I posted on Our Thanksgiving Blog, “I Corinthians 11:3 “Sharing in the Lord’s Supper vs 29) For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30) That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31) Now if we judged ourselves properly, we would not come under judgment.…” Whoa I am so grateful for the ability to judge myself before I come under judgement. So thankful for God’s Word and those that study with us and live out life as part of the Body is beyond the word awesome!”

    Today, as I listened to Pastor Reggie deliver in verbal words the Word from the Book of Amos I was shaken and felt fear as he delivered there is coming “a famine of hearing words from the Lord.” God is going to withdraw His Word ! The light of revelation…

    The Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Contrast that to no light from God, no stars, no moon no Light period. Deaf to the Words. It’s been withdrawn. PR goes on to say one of the greatest blessings we have is The Word of God. He has much more to say please listen and ponder.

    “I want to add my highlight from my scripture above to add to the list you will hear from PG’s list. “Now if we judged ourselves properly, we would not come under judgment.…”

    My highlight word says, just what is your inner motive for your actions ? Am I able to properly judge myself? Probably not if we have not heard the Word of the Lord.

    Thank you once again Pastor Reggie for teaching/preaching the living Word of God. Your Words enjoined with Amos gives a perfect scale for me to measure and weigh my motives. I give thanks for your gift in action.

    I want to pause and thank June for her care taking of the recordings for these lessons and publishing for our hearing. June, I give thanks for you.

  2. Sara, you said above, “Your Words enjoined with Amos gives a perfect scale for me to measure and weigh my motives.” And additionally you stated, “Am I able to properly judge myself? Probably not if we have not heard the Word of the Lord.”

    After listening to Pastor Reggie’s lesson, I learned that Israel used their scales to cheat people so they could gain “lots of extra income” from the poor. Businessmen didn’t care for the poor, rather “they worked to force the poor into slavery in exchange for insignificant sums of money.” Apparently, they were not interested in motives and judging themselves properly because according to Pastor Reggie, “they had chosen to ignore and reject God’s word. They had forbidden the faithful prophets (the true prophets) to prophesy (Amos 2:12).” So that seems to fulfill exactly what Sara said, “Am I able to properly judge myself? Probably not if we have not heard the Word of the Lord.”

    I would like to add my ‘Amen’ and agreement with Sara’s thankfulness for the teaching of God’s word that Pastor Reggie has brought to us here on The Daily Lily, and also for June’s faithfulness in posting, making listening a reality.

  3. As Sara said above…. there is a lot to “listen and ponder “ from this lesson. I want to say thanks to Pastor Reggie, June, and this website for making God’s Word available here.

      1. Sara, thank you for sharing the link above. Beautiful music and voices lifted up to the Lord. I sure needed this…🙏✝️ ”Lord Feed Your Children”🎹🎼🎤 I know that song, “Fill my cup Lord “and have sang it many times before, but what a great idea to add the song in my prayers.

      2. Tammy, today is Thanksgiving and I give thanks to be able to join at a table of plenty with family and friends and feast from the table of fellowship. To be able to express gratitude for the plentiful supply of food, clean water, breathable air and the Beauty oh God’s creation.

        Yet, when I think on the term “church” as I have known and loved I feel as this songwriter must have known we are experiencing a shortage of God’s Word in action. Pastor Reggie gave an overview of an hour of church and the Word in short supply. The thought that came and overwhelmed me was Matthew 5:13 “ Salt and Light
        12) Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you. 13) You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its savor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14) You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.…”

        Just as Michael English a talented singer, singing “Lord Feed Your Children” fell from favor as he choose a different path that cut off his supply and fell into darkness (his public testimony on TV and his book) found his way back to the table with those he had greatly hurt and caused a lot of ???. Just don’t even want to write the words that might best describe a lost sheep. And, he’s from NC. But, the beauty is when the lost sheep cries out, Lord I want to come home”, I want to sit at the table where You feed Your children. There is room.

        I had opportunity a few weeks ago to open my heart and arms to one that had hurt me and cut me off. I found it so interesting their gift is hospitality and within a very few minutes their love of feeding the sheep with the Lunch box of fish and loaf sprang up like a river.

        Michael was received back into the family of God. He was a step away from prison doors. We need the living Word to forgive. “He told them this parable. “Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn’t leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. When he comes home, he calls together his friends, his family and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.”— Luke 15:3-7, World English Bible

      3. These Words from the Sovereign Lord has been the tools in my “spiritual gift” tool box. He found me and He is still on the search for any that want to be fed from from His table of life. Lord Ezekiel 34:11-16 “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.”
        “Lord Feed Your Children…”
        David Binion
        Word Music, LLC
        “My vessel is empty
        Where once I had plenty
        My soul is barren and dry
        Oh but somewhere flows a fountain
        Beyond distant mountain
        Let me drink from the river of life
        Chorus
        Lord feed Your children
        As we stand here willing
        To eat from the table of life
        Let me drink from the fountain
        That flows from the mountain
        Let me feast from the Father’s supply
        So long I have hungered
        No man could number
        The days that I longed to be
        In a land filled with honey
        Where the rivers are running
        Very soon I will taste and I’ll see
        Chorus
        Lord feed Your children
        As we stand here willing
        To eat from the table of life
        Let me drink from the fountain
        That flows from the mountain
        Drink from the fountain
        That flows from the mountain
        Let me feast from the Father’s supply
        Let me feast from the table of life”

  4. Pastor Reggie tells tales as told by his Dad about how merchants in eastern NC tilted the scales with lead pencils and the thumb tilt. I ’v heard those same stories. Maybe I as a little girl with seers eyes saw a widow Mother with ‘father orphan children’ (because of death) suffer at the scale tilt from stores in a little but prosperous town in eastern NC. Many years later I see the town not even fit for ghost to business thrive. Sad to see it’s ruins. Recently I’ve been reading scattered articles on free enterprise…after hearing Reggie yesterday on this Amos lesson my eyes and ears perked reading the following this am:
    “Ironically, the success of free enterprise capitalism depends upon moral values, such as honesty and compassion, that are borrowed from elsewhere. Without such supporting values, free enterprise (or any other economic system) would eventually self-destruct through its own excesses.

    That kind of justice is an affair for the soul for each of us. But people of means have a special obligation before God to ensure justice for those who are poor and vulnerable. With greater affluence comes corresponding responsibility to make sure that a system that has been generous to oneself is also generous to others.” RR

    We hear from on our ‘air waves Plus’ daily America is in crises except for the very rich. We are so focused on a vote for a woman/man to deliver we forget to focus on the deliverer. I am thinking of church groups, home studies, even a coffee bud to pause a few hours a week and make Reggie or another’s teaching on Amos with America history book with Bible open and see if we are able to properly judge ourselves as stated in article, “this kind of justice is an affair for the soul for each of us.”

    1. “Did you ever Prayerfully sing, fill my cup Lord, come and quench this thirsting of my soul…”

      I would echo with Tammy above that yes, I have sung “Fill My Cup”(It surely is a prayerful song); and I appreciate you sharing the song link, Sara…beautiful and so aligned with this lesson. What a blessing to be able to prayerfully join in and sing it.

      The sobering reality that Pastor Reggie explained about judgement falling and God withdrawing “the word and the light of revelation” because people “had chosen to ignore and reject God’s word” does strike terror. And the fact that he explained once destruction falls, “it will be too late”. Pastor Reggie said that at that time “they will long for the word, but they will not find it.” The cry to be ‘fed’ then will be to no avail.

  5. The scripture from Ezekiel 34:11-16 and the words from the song that you shared above, Sara, are very encouraging. Looks like God’s provisions are abundant “for any that want to be fed from from His table of life.” as you wrote; and “As we stand here willing To eat from the table of life” as words from the song said.

  6. I received this message from a father of two young adults today, “I need to get back to God I have wondered off the path a bit..🙏”

    They were very humbled to find a place to be encouraged. “This is so humbling n appreciated.”

    Isaiah 55:11 “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”

    The Word is still be received. Thankful that the famine of hearing is still touching lives.

    1. “Thankful that the famine of hearing is still touching lives.”

      I add my thanks also and pray that the father will continue to be encouraged.

  7. I give thanks for Pastor Reggie’s sermons and for June who puts them up every week. I give thanks for thedailylily and Sara for tirelessly touching others with her gifts of words and seer. Also, I give thanks to Sara for establishing thedailylily.com.. I give thanks for the unique team God put together for thedailylily.. I give thanks for the ones behind the scene who tirelessly enable the site to go on.

    The first thing I thought of after listening to Pastor Reggie’s lesson was a scripture from Daniel 5:27. You have been weighed on the scales and found lacking (not measuring up to God’s standard).
    The Northern Kingdom certainly was found lacking. They cheated the poor. The people did not honor the Word. They ignored God and the prophets. They made their own gods of wood and worshiped them. As Pastor Reggie says, “How foolish can you get.” He went on to tell about Rachel when she was leaving her father Laban’s house (Genesis 31), placing the family idols beneath her skirt. Pastor Reggie said, “ How could one believe in a god they carved out of wood and overlaid with gold or silver. How could one believe in a god you could highjack!”

    Pastor Reggie said the church today spends 5 minutes on the sermon and the church better recognize the preciousness of the Word of God.
    Adding to this which Sara and Debi have already mentioned, There will come a day when no God Words will be heard. Not one.

    Today in my Sunday School class I asked why the man on judgement day was sent away by Jesus after all the man said he had done. (Matthew 7:22 –23). One 9 year old said, “He did not humble himself before Jesus. He was prideful as he wanted Jesus to see all he had done, he thought he was better than Jesus. He never acknowledged what Jesus had done for him.” Wow, from a 9 year old.

    What a scary thought!

    1. Rena, is there such a thing as beyond scary? Your 9 year old student makes me think of the Words from Isaiah, “and a little child shall lead them” And, Jesus saying, “Let the children come to me.”

      You also quoted PR, “how could one believe in God they carved out of wood and overlaid with gold or silver. How could one believe in a god you could highjack!” We do it everyday when we flash our wealth for others to make us the idol? We crave praise for the god we store under our skirts. Today, as in other times of history preach poor cannot know God because it’s wealth and prosperity. I ponder at times if that be true why are you not feeding the poor, dressing the poor in your wraps, inviting them to your table etc etc. Doesn’t the Word say that? No, of course not says the idol hugger, it says hold your wealth tight and gain more by extracting from the poor. Then we have the poor spoken of in Revelation that speaks of being poor and not even knowing it. They dress in fancy clothing and go places they can’t afford. Someone buys it for them, takes then to gain control of their beings especially the mind making them think they are holding wealth. Think about that for a brief minute. The mind is the Word receptor and now it’s damaged to hearing truth.

      I see Rachel riding gallantly into her new norm to set up her life with another. But, refuse to go without the family‘s wealth. Ooops! Wonder why?

      The little 9 year old girl in Rena’s story knew, we want others to think more of us than we are or have. So we take the family’s wealth to set up our homes when we are poor because we have not followed the teachings of the Word. Maybe it would be wise to read the result if Rachel and her idols to see if we should try the same.

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