Amos 1:11, 13; Amos 2:4, 6 But God…

Amos 1:11, 13; Amos 2:4, 6
11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever:
13 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:
4 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:
6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;

-Roused by the Holy Spirit of God (2 Peter 1:21), the Prophet Amos spells out the coming of the Lord’s judgment on the nations. Two things stand out to me about these passages:
1) “For three transgressions of Edom, and for four”– Now this could just be fanciful language, but the way I see it, the Lord is marking transgressions and is ready to pour out judgment for three, but before He can even bring the judgment, the people have already ticked up to four. “For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them.” (Isaiah 59:12)
2) In 2:4 and 2:6, the Lord turns Amos’ attention to Israel and Judah. Notice that the language used for God’s own people is the same as was used for the heathen nations. Remember this the next time you feel a sense of pride in your own labors and self-worth. We all deserve Hell and we all deserve it equally; BUT GOD has made a way for us to be redeemed and have a righteousness that is not our own. “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” (Psalm 73:26)

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