Read Amos 8:1-3
I. Basket of Fruit. The Lord shows Amos an object lesson in this Sunday School material. Just as the basket of fruit was ripe, so was God’s people ripe for punishment. Worship songs will turn to wailing. Bodies will be flung everywhere.
- Effective communication. Notice in vss. 1-2 that God used visual aids to make His point. In like manner, it is often helpful to use visual aids or some kind of comparison to help us communicate what we are trying to say.
If we are going to be effective in helping people to get saved and growing in the Lord, we must first communicate effectively. Let’s work on effective communication.
Read Amos 8:4-6
II. Sins of Israel. In our Sunday School material the Lord has made a note of the oppression. Some look forward to religious days being finished, so they can get back to mistreating the poor. The needy people are being purchased for a pair of sandals.
- God first. Notice in vs. 5 that the people were more concerned with money than with God. There are too many who seem to go through the motions of being religious without really being in tuned with and obedient to God.
Think about how people can come to church, sit through two hours of the worship service, and cannot tell you anything about the sermon nor the songs.
Think about those who come to church for a social outlet or to appease loved ones, instead of coming to worship God and strengthen their faith and faithfulness to God. Let’s work on keeping God first.
- Treating people right. Notice in vss. 5-6 Sunday School material that God sees the unjust practices and the mistreatment of the poor. First, we may be able to fool people, but we cannot fool God. He sees all that we do wrong and all that we fail to do right.
Second, God has a special concern for the poor. When we mistreat the poor, we insult God who is God of the poor as well. Sometimes our sin is not what we do but what we fail to do. Withholding help when we should be giving help is sin (sin of omission). Let’s work on being fair, especially with the poor.
Read Amos 8:9-10
III. Punishment for Israel. In our Sunday School material God promises punishment. It will be dark at noon. Religious festivals will be turned into times of mourning. There will be sack cloths and shaved heads.
- God’s punishment of the religious. Notice in vss. 9-10 that punishment will come to those who were religious on the outside but wicked on the inside. In like manner, no matter how religious we look on the outside, God knows our hearts.
If our hearts are not right with God, God is subject to punish us.Let’s work on being right with God, so we can be blessed, instead of punished.
Being right with God means accepting Jesus as our savior. His being our savior will trigger the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who will help us to accept Jesus as our lord as well.
- God and our wealth. Notice in vs. 10 of our Sunday School material that wealth cannot stop God’s wrath. It is noteworthy that those being punished are wealthy.
There are some who think that because their wealth leads to special favor from people that it also leads to special favor with God. In reality, God is not swayed by our wealth. In fact, if anything, God expects more compassion from the wealthy, because they have a greater ability to be compassionate.
make sure that our confidence is in being right with God and not simply in our
temporary wealth. As in the text, we can be in the best of cloths this
morning and rags by this evening.
Conclusion: Let’s work on reverencing God, by treating people right. God has much for those who obey His will.Please click here to let us know, if this has been quality and helpful information for you (i.e., make sure you let us know the name of the article). Feel free to share your questions and comments about the article as well.