Saturday 21 Oct 2017
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Isaiah 55 : 1-2

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

All have sinned and under condemnation

This is what the Lord says: “For three sins of Judah, even for four, I will not relent. Because they have rejected the law of the Lord and have not kept his decrees, because they have been led astray by false gods, the gods their ancestors followed, I will send fire on Judah that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem. - Amos 2:4- 5   

Reading through the book of Amos, one cannot help but feel a sense of doom and gloom from the wrath of God so starkly revealed through the several and severe judgments he pronounced on all the nations.

Rather than get put off by the negativity perhaps we need to reflect on the underlying message which the Prophet brings to us all. These messages are

  •  The sinful nature of creation resulting from the fall, the evil , and injustices resulting from it. The turmoil, the murders, the lack of peace and the mayhem which fallen creation has unleashed upon itself.
  •  The condemnation as well as the pronouncement of judgment on all acts of sinfulness by the One who sits upon the throne of judgment and whose righteous judgment stems from his holiness.
  •  One striking feature about this message is that all of creation came under judgment. Note both Israel(Judah) who symbolized God's people and the other nations(gentiles) all came under this condemnation, Paul echoed this saying..'All have sinned and come under condemnation'. The pronouncement of judgment on Judah perhaps puts a seal on the fate of man, that he is unable to deliver himself from the bondage of sin, not even the one who is the custodian of the God's laws.
  •  Note that God was not throwing condemnation around without evidence, the sins of the nations were evident, undeniable and could not be hidden. It speaks through the evil unleashed upon one another, the anguish and hopelessness of creation.
  •  But the message would not be complete without mentioning perhaps the real reason why God pointed out the iniquities of the people to them while warning of the judgment to come....The Lord God who is rich in mercy was urging the people to repent and flee into the arms of his mercy Amos 6:7. The truth is those who get caught in his wrath are those who shun his love and the generous offer of mercy extended to them.

In Jesus we see the love and mercy of God extended towards a sinful world, that  those who accept him might be spared from the righteous indignation of the One who will judge both the living and the dead.