The Law and Justice
February 19, 2017

The Law and Justice


A continued study in the book of Amos


4 Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they have rejected the law of the LORD, and have not kept his statutes, but their lies have led them astray, those after which their fathers walked. 5 So I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the strongholds of Jerusalem.”


Amos now turns his prophetic pen toward his own people. As I said earlier, God is not a tribal god reigning vengeance down on other nations, while preserving national the pride and glory of his nation. This is how many other religious tomes are written, but God is an equal opportunity justice giver. His justice is perfect an unbiased. He will judge according to His law or according to His Son’s actions. The gospel preached well expounds on this reality. God has given us a code of conduct, and when we are honest with ourselves, we realize we don’t live up to our own standards, let alone His. God’s ways are good and pure, and when we transgress His laws, it has long lasting, and far-reaching effects on His creation. While we may not think we have broken any of His major statutes, Jesus came to redefine them and live them perfectly, rendering our feeble attempts to be useless trash next to His own works, especially His work on the cross that paid the penalty for our law-breaking, so that we could be judged, clothed with His righteousness, and to trying to earn our own based on the Law of God, which every other religion and philosophy attempts to do.


  1. What is the gospel of Jesus Christ?
  2. How is it totally freeing?
  3. Why is God judging Judah for breaking His law?
  4. Is that fair? Why? Why not?
  5. Is God just in sentencing His own people to the “Fire” for transgressing His law? Why? Why not?