Announcement of Judgment

How many children are aborted? Worldwide, 55 million unborn children are killed every year. Around the world, every day 150,685 children are killed by abortion; every hour, 6278; and every minute, 105. Those are the reported cases. If you are an American citizen, no doubt y … More

Abortion

The northern Israelites were living beneath a pious veneer of religion, worshiping idols and oppressing the poor. Amos is identified as a sheep-breeder (vv. 1-2). He is a fiery, fearless, and honest shepherd from the south who confronts them with their sin and warns them of the impending judgment. He starts out by describing the reasons for God’s judgment on Israel’s neighbor’s (v. 3). The house of Hazael refers to the king of Syria (v. 4). Damascus, the capital of Syria was indicted for cruelty in warfare toward Gilead, their less powerful neighbors to the south (v. 5). Both led border wars against Israel. Gaza was the chief Philistine city during this time (v. 6). Their sin was compounded by the fact they carried an entire people into captivity leaving no hope for repopulation (vv. 7-8).

Phoenicia was located northwest of Israel which is now modern Lebanon. Tyre, a prominent Phoenician city went beyond the sins of the Philistines by attacking their allies, thus violating the covenant of brotherhood (vv. 9-10). Both Edom and Israel had descended from Isaac; Edom from Isaac’s son Esau, and Israel from his twin bother Jacob (Gen. 25:19-28). These two nations, like the two brothers were always fighting (vv. 11-12). The Ammonites, descendants of Lot, lived north of Moab east of the Jordan River (vv. 13-15). These people had descended from an incestuous relationship between Lot and his younger daughter. (Gen 19:30-38). They practiced ripping open pregnant women as a means of controlling the population of its neighbors. Amos cites abortion as evidence of the depth of depravity. Any society killing the unborn child is the ultimate sin against the helpless.

Application

It is hard to believe that our own United States of America approves this same cruel practice of killing unborn babies and is getting ready to support it with a healthcare bill. As a citizen I need to do everything I can to stand against this terrible practice of abortion.

Amos 1:1-15 (English Standard Version)

The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. And he said: "The LORD roars from Zion and utters his voice from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the top of Carmel withers." Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they have threshed Gilead with threshing sledges of iron. So I will send a fire upon the house of Hazael, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad. I will break the gate-bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitants from the Valley of Aven, and him who holds the scepter from Beth-eden; and the people of Syria shall go into exile to Kir," says the LORD. Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they carried into exile a whole people to deliver them up to Edom. So I will send a fire upon the wall of Gaza, and it shall devour her strongholds. I will cut off the inhabitants from Ashdod, and him who holds the scepter from Ashkelon; I will turn my hand against Ekron, and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish," says the Lord GOD. Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Tyre, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they delivered up a whole people to Edom, and did not remember the covenant of brotherhood. So I will send a fire upon the wall of Tyre, and it shall devour her strongholds." Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because he pursued his brother with the sword and cast off all pity, and his anger tore perpetually, and he kept his wrath forever. So I will send a fire upon Teman, and it shall devour the strongholds of Bozrah." Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of the Ammonites, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they have ripped open pregnant women in Gilead, that they might enlarge their border. So I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour her strongholds, with shouting on the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind; and their king shall go into exile, he and his princes together," says the LORD.

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