Thursday, June 28, 2012
Welcome to Day 179 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Amos 1, This series of prophecies begins with six Gentile nations: Syria, Philistia, Phoenicia, Edom, Ammon, and Moab. Then the oracles dramatically turn against Judah (2:4–5) and Israel (2:6–16). RSB
Amos was from Tekoa, a small village 10 mi. S of Jerusalem. He was the only prophet to give his occupation before declaring his divine commission. He was not of priestly or noble descent, but worked as a “sheepbreeder” (1:1; 2 Kings 3:4) and a “tender of sycamore fruit” (7:14) and was a contemporary of Jonah (2 Kings 14:25), Hosea (Hosea 1:1), and Isaiah (Isaiah 1:1). The date of writing is mid-eighth century B.C., during the reigns of Uzziah, king of Judah (790–739 B.C.) and Jeroboam II, king of Israel (793–753 B.C.), two years before a memorable earthquake (1:1; cf. Zechariah 14:5, 760 B.C.). gty.org
Amos 2:”Now then, I will crush you as a cart crushes when loaded with grain. 14 The swift will not escape, the strong will not muster their strength, and the warrior will not save his life. 15 The archer will not stand his ground, the fleet-footed soldier will not get away, and the horseman will not save his life. 16 Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that day,” declares the Lord.”
Amos 3 is like a lawsuit against Israel…
Psalm 80:19, “Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.”
2 Timothy 4, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
I just discovered something about myself… Not a huge fan of the prophets, and I know we are just getting started. I already am predisposed to focusing on the negative side of things… like, “Why did they do that? Note to self, don’t do that.”
Following very closely the roller coaster ride of Israel (and Judah). Their sins are obviously stated… God points them out and they are recorded in scripture forever. Then, a king comes along, sometimes at the urging of a prophet, and they tear down the Asherah poles, destroy the high places and “outlaw” Baal worship.
Then the cycle continued… downward, upward, sin, repentance…
My summation thus far, at the near-halfway point of the year and the process, is simply that Israel had it’s ups and downs.
To say it another way, Israel is representative of the rest of us… Right?
Currently staying in very close quarters with five other people, (while at Bethel School of Worship) there is a lot of opportunity for misunderstanding, or crossing the line in our joking around. Irritation could be a running undercurrent. Keeping short lists is key. Communication is so important, without being petty along the way.
We make mistakes. Then (hopefully) clean up our messes.
Seems easy enough. Stop sinning, so we have to repent less. Makes perfect sense to me…
1 John 3:6, “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
Obedience is a huge thing… Living as Jesus did…
How about this… Live as Jesus did (so that my focus is not on “not sinning” but on actually living as Jesus lived.)
The bi-product of living as Jesus did as that (hopefully) we sin less.
Righteousness… holiness… purity…
Lord, I want to live as Jesus did…