Final Justice of God Part One
A continuation of our series in the book of Amos
1 I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said: “Strike the capitals until the thresholds shake, and shatter them on the heads of all the people; and those who are left of them I will kill with the sword; not one of them shall flee away; not one of them shall escape. 2 “If they dig into Sheol, from there shall my hand take them; if they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down. 3 If they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, from there I will search them out and take them; and if they hide from my sight at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them. 4 And if they go into captivity before their enemies, there I will command the sword, and it shall kill them; and I will fix my eyes upon them for evil and not for good.” 5 The Lord GOD of hosts, he who touches the earth and it melts, and all who dwell in it mourn, and all of it rises like the Nile, and sinks again, like the Nile of Egypt; 6 who builds his upper chambers in the heavens and founds his vault upon the earth; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth— the LORD is his name.
God is certainly a God of love, but He also just, and perfectly righteous. Humanity has flouted His law, and has paid the natural consequences of it, and deserve to be judged for that rebellion, but none of us see it the way God sees it. We assume that we are not that bad, and He’s not that Holy. But God’s ways are not man’s ways, and He is perfectly just and righteous to judge humanity for their rebellion that has caused undo destruction, poverty and raping of the land. Our sin pollutes this world every day. Our appetites of destruction continue to wreak havoc on this world, and we keep blaming it on a social structure, a politic, or anyone else but ourselves. While there is no doubt a corporate evil, it wasn’t created in a vacuum apart from the pieces that it is made up of; humanity. We need God, but do not see the need, which is our #1 problem, but we continually chase air to fix only what God will fix in the end.
- Why do we always struggle with God’s justice?
- Does God have a right to judge in this way? Explain!
- What are the dangers of seeing God as love and failing to see Him as Holy and Just?
- Does humanity deserve justice?
- In what way has God provided justice for our sins?