Sunday School Material 6-7-15: God Passes Judgment

(Amos 2:4-8)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that both the northern and southern tribes were to be punished because of their sins. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to work on our sin issues, so we can avoid God’s punishment.

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Read Amos 2:4-5

I. Indicting Judah. In our Sunday School material the prophet declares God’s condemnation of Judah. God is upset by the people’s rejection of God’s law. They have been led astray by the false gods of their ancestors. Jerusalem will be destroyed.

Applications –

- The prophet’s job. Notice in vs. 4 that the prophet’s job is to tell the people what the Lord said. In like manner, God still sends prophets (foretells, if not fore tellers)/preachers/Pastors/witnesses to tell people what God says.

We should study the Bible to know if what is being said is from God or not. We should appreciate that what God says may or may not be entertaining to the people. Let’s work on being faithful to telling people what God says. God doesn’t call us to contradict His word.

- God’s timing. Notice in vs. 4 that God gets around to punish all of the sins. The expression for three and four is thought to be a reference to seven or the number of completeness. In other words, God is going to punish the people for their complete set of sins.

In like manner, we should never think that we are getting away with our sins. God sees all that we do and fail to do. At the right time, He will punish our sins. Let’s live like we believe that God sees and will punish all of our sins. Such living should be known for obedience.

- Sins of omission. Notice in vs. 4 of the Sunday School material that the sin was what was not done. It is a tragic mistake to focus only on the sins of commission and ignore the sins of omission. God punishes both types of sin.

In other words, not only is it sin to commit adultery, steal, and kill. But it is also sin to fail to love, to give your best in service, and to give God the praise that is due to Him. Let’s work on dealing with our sins of omission issues.

- Idolatry. Notice in vss. 4-5 that the people were guilty of idolatry like their fore parents. First, whenever we put anything in front of God, that thing becomes an idol.

We may not call it an idol, but because we treat it as such, it is such. Our jobs, families, and even ourselves can become our idols.

Second, notice that those in the text were following their fore parent’s example. Here we should remember that our young people are watching and often imitating us.

We should also make sure we don’t simply follow the traditions of our fore parents because some of them may have been sinful.

We should seek God’s wisdom to know which traditions are good and which are not. Let’s work on avoiding the sin of idolatry, by being great examples of being people of God.

Read Amos 2:6-8

II. Indicting Israel. In our Sunday School material the prophet declares God’s condemnation of Israel. Israel is guilty of oppressing the poor. Fathers and sons are guilty of defiling the same women.

Applications –

- Israel’s sins. Notice in vss. 6-8 of our Sunday School material that the sins of Israel had to do with oppressing the weak, failure to administer justice in a proper way, and the mistreatment of women.

First, God has not blessed us with extra, so we can brag and make the less fortunate feel bad. We are blessed to be a blessing. Not only is it sin to mistreat the poor, it is also sin to fail to help (sin of omission; see Mt. 25:45-46).

Second, God wants justice. Believers should be involved with selecting those who sit in seats that influence our justice systems. This calls for voting in good judges among other things. Third, God is upset by anyone being mistreated, including women.

God gets extra upset when sons follow in their father’s footsteps, in regard to mistreating women. Let’s work on avoiding sins related to oppression, justice, and mistreating women.

Conclusion: Let’s work on our sin issues, so we can avoid God’s punishment. God has much for those who obey His will.

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