The Final Justice of God Part Two
Our ongoing study in the book of Amos
“Are you not like the Cushites to me, O people of Israel?” declares the LORD. “Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor and the Syrians from Kir? 8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the surface of the ground, except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,” declares the LORD. 9 “For behold, I will command, and shake the house of Israel among all the nations as one shakes with a sieve, but no pebble shall fall to the earth. 10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, who say, ‘Disaster shall not overtake or meet us.’ 11 “In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, 12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name,” declares the LORDwho does this. 13 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. 14 I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. 15 I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,” says the LORD your God.
In spite of God’s right to enact His perfect justice upon those that sin by exploiting others, God in His grace and loving character is working to provide a way out of this horrible justice, while at the same time acting in a just manner. God’s biggest problem is being just when He acquits someone of their sin, and allows them entrance into His glorious Kingdom, which will one day re-right all the wrongs and bring perfect justice to the land, and establish His rule forever. That rule began with His Son Jesus Christ, and it is His Son’s work on the cross, as well as His resurrection, that secured our salvation and God’s justice (See Romans 3:23-25). The good news about injustice is that this story doesn’t end with injustice, but with perfect justice and perfect grace offered to anyone who would come to the throne of God in a humble manner, repenting of their part in this sinful world, and looking to Jesus as their only savior!
- How is the gospel clearly displayed in this set of verses and in the book of Amos?
- How is God made just when He allows unjust, sinful people into His presence?
- In what way(s) has this study affected you?
- What do you plan to do as a result?