Amos 9:The Destruction of Israel
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.
7 "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.'
The Restoration of Israel
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 LORD who does this.
13 "Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when the ploughman 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.
Things to think about…
1.God speaks from the temple. He is in heaven and we on earth, but the temple in Jerusalem was a sign of His presence. The ancient Israelites had left true worship. Love from the Lord now involved judgement. Hard to say, but true. Amos 9:1 says 'not one shall escape'. The Apostle Peter says, judgement begins with the house of God, 1Pet 4:7. If God blesses Australia with righteousness and a desire for holiness and His word is faithfully preached, guess where He starts. That's right, the church.
2.Have a look at Amos 9:7. The Cushites were the Ethiopians, they were small and yet God looked after this people, Israel was small and looked after and were taken out of Egypt, they are no different to the Philistines who were small and yet taken off the Island of Crete and re-settled, the same with the Syrians from Kir (small area in Moab). God has done with other nations what He has done for His people Israel. The point is that they should not think they are any more special than the other nations if they reject the Word of God. This was the only thing that set Israel apart. Yet in the time of Amos, the Israelites were carrying on just like the other nations. There was no difference between the people of YHWH and the other nations. The application for our day is obvious for Christians.
3.God would restore the land of Israel, Amos 9:11-15. This has only started to happen in our generation. But look at the context of these verses; they shall never be uprooted again. Israel is experiencing blessing – vineyards, olive groves, orchards, etc., even though its borders are being attacked, even this week by over 200 rockets from Gaza. But this blessing can only be complete as they turn to Christ. Look at verse 11. It says 'the booth of David will be raised up'. This only happens through the Son of David – Jesus. Pray for Israel to receive Christ – their true Saviour.
CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.
For Cell groups
"Why do bad things happen to good people".
1.We all quote Romans 8:28. But have you ever felt like Asaph in Ps 73:1-3?
2.Job and the Apostle Paul were attacked or oppressed by Satan, why?
3.How would you share the reality of suffering with unbelievers in your presentation of the gospel – the Good news. Especially in the light of Qld and NSW bush fires.
4.Pray for your cell, and prayer points.
1.Pray regarding fire danger today. Qld and NSW set to have high temps today and remainder of this week. Spicers Resort under threat today.
2.3 people have lost their lives in Glenn Innes fore. Over 200 homes lost.
3.Pray for continued follow up rain
4.Pray for those who have recently come to CBC that they settle into the fellowship.
5.Pray for our help and response to Stanthorpe community.
6.Ministries this term 4 – PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.
7.More Sunday school and RI teachers
8.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
9.Sunday's messages. "A life of ease and ignorance" Amos 6. in the morning and "Run away, ignore or face it" – Sunday night.
10.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
11.Church finances to meet our expenses.
12.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.5 that got baptized – Wonderful Sunday
2.Quite a few visitors and new folk at CBC.
3.Sunday worship – great blessing. Thanks Dan and Danae.
4.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
1.Denning group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.
2.Playpatch –Friday mornings – 9:30 – 11am for mums and bubs. See Carly Backwell for details.
3.Recharge Youth – Friday night 7pm – High Schoolers.
4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children Sunday mornings.
5.Prayer meetings – 5:30am – 6:30am at church Wednesday and Friday mornings.
6.AGM meeting – This Sunday 17th November after the morning service.
7.Creation Ministries – Sunday 1st December. Dr Ron Neller "From Evolutionist to Creationist!"Invite a friend 6pm.
8.Carols service 22nd December – 6pm. Invite family and friends.
Q. 6. What is the first petition?
A. "Hallowed be your name."
Bible Reference – Matt.6:9; Luke 11:2.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3