Today’s devotion comes from Jonah chapter 4.

“But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry.  He prayed to the LORD and said, “Please Lord, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country?  Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity.  Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life.”  The LORD said, “Do you have good reason to be angry?

Then Jonah went out from the city and sat east of it.  There he made a shelter for himself and sat under it in the shade until he could see what would happen in the city.  So the LORD God appointed a plant and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade over his head to deliver him from his discomfort.  And Jonah was extremely happy about the plant.  But God appointed a worm when dawn came the next day and it attacked the plant and it withered.  When the sun came up God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah’s head so that he became faint and begged with all his soul to die, saying, “Death is better to me than life.”

Then God said to Jonah, “Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?”  And he said, “I have good reason to be angry, even to death.”  Then the LORD said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight.  Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?”  Jonah chapter 4.

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As inferred by God by His question “Do you have good reason to be angry?”, Jonah did not have good reason to be angry.  God had delivered Jonah from the depth of the sea and the stomach of the great fish, and Jonah was not under any threat of calamity as was Ninevah.  Jonah knew that God was compassionate and declared:  “You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity.”  If God was compassionate on Jonah, then it was not objectionable by Jonah that God would also be compassionate on Ninevah.

Moreover, as pointed out by God, if Jonah had compassion on the plant for which he did not work and which was only a plant which life span is often very short, then it was reasonable for God to have compassion on Ninevah which not only had 120,000 people as well as many animals which were much more valuable than one plant.

But, the focus of this devotion is that God states that there is an additional reason for His compassion, these 120,000 people “do not know the difference between their right and left hand”.  God knew that they were dead in sin and did not expect much (anything) from them.

Consider that generally it is easier to be compassionate on people when we do not expect much from them.  We are more patient and more compassionate with children and the elderly than we are with adults in the prime of their life.

A good understanding of man’s “Total Depravity” leads us to compassion for others.

Other doctrine believes that man is basically good and wise and that man has free-will and is able to fend for himself.  And accordingly, other doctrine is less patient and less compassionate when man sins.

But, Reformed Doctrine believes that man is dead in sin and totally dependent on God.  And accordingly, Reformed Doctrine is more patient and more compassionate when man sins and more inclined to forgive.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;  bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone;  just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”  Colossians 3:12-13.

Today’s devotion comes from Jonah chapter 3.

“Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you.”  So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the LORD.  Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days’ walk.  Then Jonah began to go through the city one day’s walk;  and he cried out and said, “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”

Then the people of Nineveh believed in God;  and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them.  When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes.  He issued a proclamation and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles:  Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing.  Do not let them eat or drink water.  But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth;  and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands.  Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish.”

When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them.  And He did not do it.”  Jonah chapter 3.

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“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Matthew 3:2.

“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”  Acts 17:30-31.

“But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.  …  The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:7 and 9.

“So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.”  Acts 26:19-20.

Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 31, 2018

“Salvation is from the LORD.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jonah chapter 2.

“Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the stomach of the fish, 2 and he said,

“I called out of my distress to the LORD,
And He answered me.
I cried for help from the depth of Sheol;
You heard my voice.
3 “For You had cast me into the deep,
Into the heart of the seas,
And the current engulfed me.
All Your breakers and billows passed over me.
4 “So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight.
Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’
5 “Water encompassed me to the point of death.
The great deep engulfed me,
Weeds were wrapped around my head.
6 “I descended to the roots of the mountains.
The earth with its bars was around me forever,
But You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.
7 “While I was fainting away,
I remembered the LORD,
And my prayer came to You,
Into Your holy temple.
8 “Those who regard vain idols
Forsake their faithfulness,
9 But I will sacrifice to You
With the voice of thanksgiving.
That which I have vowed I will pay.
Salvation is from the LORD.”

10 Then the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land.”  Jonah chapter 2.

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It was for very good reason that Jonah declared:  “Salvation is from the LORD.”  Verse 9.

Jonah was to the point of death.  Not only was Jonah at the bottom of the sea, he was in the stomach of a great fish.

“5 “Water encompassed me to the point of death.
The great deep engulfed me,
Weeds were wrapped around my head.
6 “I descended to the roots of the mountains.
The earth with its bars was around me forever, …”  Verses 5-6.

“… But You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.”  Verse 6.

It is also for good reason that we too declare:  “Salvation is from the LORD.”

We were dead in sin.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:4-9.

There was nothing that Jonah could have contributed to the salvation.

And, there is nothing that we can contribute to the salvation.

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.  Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.”  Ephesians 2:1-3.

“10 as it is written,

“There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”  Romans 3:10-13.

For both Jonah and us, salvation must be entirely the work of the LORD in order for us to be saved.

Reformed Doctrine summarizes Scripture and that “Salvation is from the LORD.” in its Five Points of Calvinism known by the acronym “TULIP”.  It also makes logical sense. Because of “Total Depravity” (man is dead in sin), no one could be saved unless the LORD unconditionally elected some to be saved (“Unconditional Election”) and did everything else for our salvation.  The LORD does everything for our salvation from this beginning of “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to the end of “Preservation of the Saints”.

“For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 9:15-16.

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.

“Salvation belongs to the Lord;
Your blessing be upon Your people!  Selah.”  Psalm 3:8.

Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 30, 2018

“You, O Lord, have done as You have pleased.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jonah chapter 1.

“The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.”  3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.  So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

4 The LORD hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up.  5 Then the sailors became afraid and every man cried to his god, and they threw the cargo which was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them.  But Jonah had gone below into the hold of the ship, lain down and fallen sound asleep.  6 So the captain approached him and said, “How is it that you are sleeping?  Get up, call on your god.  Perhaps your god will be concerned about us so that we will not perish.”

7 Each man said to his mate, “Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on whose account this calamity has struck us.”  So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.  8 Then they said to him, “Tell us, now!  On whose account has this calamity struck us?  What is your occupation?  And where do you come from?  What is your country?  From what people are you?”  9 He said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land.”

10 Then the men became extremely frightened and they said to him, “How could you do this?”  For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.  11 So they said to him, “What should we do to you that the sea may become calm for us?”—for the sea was becoming increasingly stormy.  12 He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea.  Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.”  13 However, the men rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming even stormier against them.  14 Then they called on the LORD and said, “We earnestly pray, O LORD, do not let us perish on account of this man’s life and do not put innocent blood on us;  for You, O LORD, have done as You have pleased.”

15 So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging.  16 Then the men feared the LORD greatly, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows.

17 And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.”  Jonah chapter 1.

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“You, O Lord, have done as You have pleased.”  Verse 14.

Let us consider some of the amazing things that the LORD did in this chapter which support this declaration of the LORD’s sovereignty that the LORD does as He pleases.

The LORD found Jonah even though Jonah fled from the presence of the LORD and was hidden in a ship with many people in the middle of the sea.  Verses 3-4.

“7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.”  Psalm 139:7-10.

The LORD created a great wind on the sea such that it became a great storm but also controlled the storm perfectly that it would be strong enough to cause great fear in the sailors but would not be strong enough to destroy the ship and kill them.  Verses 4-15.

The LORD caused the sea to stop raging as soon as the sailors threw Jonah into the sea.  Verse 15.

The LORD caused these sailors, a rough lot who worshiped various gods, to fear the LORD greatly and to offer a sacrifice and make vows to Him.  Verse 16.

The LORD “appointed” a great fish to swallow Jonah but also controlled the fish perfectly that the fish did not kill Jonah.  Verse 17.

Nevertheless, other doctrine futilely tries to restrain this Almighty Sovereign LORD by their puny, wispy, but really non-existent free-will.

“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:3.

Reformed Doctrine rejoices in the LORD’s response.

“He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.” Psalm 2:4.

Reformed Doctrine worships, praises, and exults in the absolute sovereignty of God.

“But our God is in the heavens;
He does whatever He pleases.”  Psalm 115:3.

Today’s devotion comes from Obadiah 1:15-21.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Obadiah+1&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“15 “For the day of the LORD draws near on all the nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you.
Your dealings will return on your own head.
16 “Because just as you drank on My holy mountain,
All the nations will drink continually.
They will drink and swallow
And become as if they had never existed.
17 “But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape,
And it will be holy.
And the house of Jacob will possess their possessions.”  Obadiah 1:15-17.

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“But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape,
And it will be holy. …”  Verse 17.

From this sentence, we can glean two things.

First, those “on Mount Zion” symbolize those who are delivered by God.

“For out of Jerusalem will go forth a remnant, and out of Mount Zion survivors.  The zeal of the LORD will perform this.”  2 Kings 19:31.  Also quoted in Isaiah 37:32.

“Those who trust in the LORD
Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the LORD surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever.”  Psalm 125:1-2.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”  Psalm 91:1-4.

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.”  Hebrews 12:22-24.

Second, this deliverance will be “holy” in the sense that this deliverance is totally done by God from the beginning to the end.  Thus, it is totally “holy”.  From the beginning, God unconditionally chooses those whom He would save.  This is “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  Through the middle, God accomplishes this salvation through the work of Christ in “Limited Atonement”, the “L” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  Through the middle, God accomplishes this salvation through the work of Holy Spirit in “Irresistible Grace, “I” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  To the end, God preserves their lives and souls of His elect.  This is “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

The following Scriptures help us understand the holiness of this deliverance and these points of the work of God.

“It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem.”  Isaiah 4:3.  Another way of describing those people whom God unconditionally chooses is “everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem.”

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God;  you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

And yet, there are those who nevertheless still focus on themselves and futilely try to distinguish themselves worthy of salvation by their own works or will.

But, the Reformed seek God alone and His work alone and rejoice that salvation is not dependent on the work or will of man.  Only such deliverance is truly holy.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-4.

Today’s devotion comes from Obadiah 1:1-14.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Obadiah+1&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“12 “Do not gloat over your brother’s day,
The day of his misfortune.
And do not rejoice over the sons of Judah
In the day of their destruction;
Yes, do not boast
In the day of their distress.
13 “Do not enter the gate of My people
In the day of their disaster.
Yes, you, do not gloat over their calamity
In the day of their disaster.
And do not loot their wealth
In the day of their disaster.
14 “Do not stand at the fork of the road
To cut down their fugitives;
And do not imprison their survivors
In the day of their distress.”  Obadiah 1:12-14.

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The LORD is very protective of His people.

“… for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”  Zechariah 2:8.

If other people do as little as gloat over the misfortune of God’s people, the LORD will punish them as we have seen the LORD punish the nation of Edom from today’s Scripture.

But, we can also use today’s Scripture to warn God’s people from gloating over the misfortune of their brothers (people who are also part of God’s people).

How often does the sin of jealousy pop up within us causing us to secretly gloat even over the misfortune of other good people, God’s people, fellow believers?!

Obviously, we should not do so.  Rather than gloating, we should help our brother who has fallen to rise again.

“Each one helps his neighbor
And says to his brother, “Be strong!”  Isaiah 41:6.

“For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.”  Proverbs 24:16.

But, there is the sharpest contrast between the righteous and the wicked.

If we are motivated by a Godly hatred of wickedness and not motivated by the sin of jealously, a big “if”, then Scripture shows us that we can even rejoice when God performs His own judgment and vengeance against the wicked.

“10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 And men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
Surely there is a God who judges on earth!”  Psalm 58:10-11.

“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.”  Proverbs 11:10.

Today’s devotion comes from Amos chapter 9.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Amos+9&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“8 “Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are on the sinful kingdom,
And I will destroy it from the face of the earth;
Nevertheless, I will not totally destroy the house of Jacob,”
Declares the LORD.
9 “For behold, I am commanding,
And I will shake the house of Israel among all nations
As grain is shaken in a sieve,
But not a kernel will fall to the ground.”  Amos 9:8-9.

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God has such perfect sovereign control over everything that although He will destroy Israel (verse 8), not one of His elect remnant within Israel (figuratively described as a kernel in verse 9) “will fall to the ground” (that is, be hurt).

We are reminded of the following Scriptures.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent?  And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”  Matthew 10:29.

“5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
7 A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
8 You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
9 For you have made the LORD, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.”  Psalm 91:5-10.

Other doctrine trusts in man’s basic goodness and that God loves everybody.

But, Reformed Doctrine trusts in God’s “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Article 9.  … election is the fountain of every saving good;  from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself, as its fruits and effects, according to that of the apostle:  “He hath chosen us (not because we were) but that we should be holy, and without blame, before him in love,”  Ephesians 1:4.  FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?  Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?  …”  Romans 8:28-33.

Today’s devotion comes from Amos chapter 8.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Amos+8&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“4 Hear this, you who trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land, 5 saying,

“When will the new moon be over,
So that we may sell grain,
And the sabbath, that we may open the wheat market,
To make the bushel smaller and the shekel bigger,
And to cheat with dishonest scales,
6 So as to buy the helpless for money
And the needy for a pair of sandals,
And that we may sell the refuse of the wheat?”

7 The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob,
“Indeed, I will never forget any of their deeds.”  Amos 8:4-7.

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“Thus says the LORD, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor.  Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow;  and do not shed innocent blood in this place.”  Jeremiah 22:3.

“But let justice roll down like waters
And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”  Amos 5:24.

“4 Do all the workers of wickedness not know,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call upon the Lord?
5 There they are in great dread,
For God is with the righteous generation.”  Psalm 14:4-5.

“17 O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
18 To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.”  Psalm 10:17-18.

“5 A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
6 God makes a home for the lonely;
He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, …”  Psalm 68:5-6.

Today’s devotion comes from Amos chapter 7.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Amos+7&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Thus the Lord God showed me, and behold, He was forming a locust-swarm when the spring crop began to sprout.  And behold, the spring crop was after the king’s mowing.  2 And it came about, when it had finished eating the vegetation of the land, that I said,

“Lord God, please pardon!
How can Jacob stand,
For he is small?”
3 The LORD changed His mind about this.
“It shall not be,” said the LORD.

4 Thus the Lord God showed me, and behold, the Lord God was calling to contend with them by fire, and it consumed the great deep and began to consume the farm land.  5 Then I said,

“Lord God, please stop!
How can Jacob stand, for he is small?”
6 The LORD changed His mind about this.
“This too shall not be,” said the Lord God.

7 Thus He showed me, and behold, the Lord was standing by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand.  8 The LORD said to me, “What do you see, Amos?”  And I said, “A plumb line.”  Then the Lord said,

Behold I am about to put a plumb line
In the midst of My people Israel.
I will spare them no longer.
9 “The high places of Isaac will be desolated
And the sanctuaries of Israel laid waste.
Then I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”  Amos 7:1-8.

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The Lord God is patient as shown by verses 3 and 6.  But, the Lord God is also just as shown by verses 7-9.

The plumb line is a tool of justice to determine what is straight and vertical and what is not.  Do we stand straight up vertical to God or not?

We should use God’s patience wisely and repent.  We should not waste the time that God give us to repent.  We should not falsely think that God will set aside His justice if we continue to forsake Him and sin.

“6 “You who have forsaken Me,” declares the LORD,
“You keep going backward.
So I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you;
I am tired of relenting!
7 “I will winnow them with a winnowing fork
At the gates of the land;
I will bereave them of children, I will destroy My people;
They did not repent of their ways.”  Jeremiah 15:6-7.

“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.  Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?  For we know Him who said: “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.”  And again, THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”  It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”  Hebrews 10:26-31.

Today’s devotion comes from Amos chapter 6.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Amos+6&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Woe to those who are at ease in Zion
And to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria,
The distinguished men of the foremost of nations,
To whom the house of Israel comes.

4 Those who recline on beds of ivory
And sprawl on their couches,
And eat lambs from the flock
And calves from the midst of the stall,
5 Who improvise to the sound of the harp,
And like David have composed songs for themselves,
6 Who drink wine from sacrificial bowls
While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils,
Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph.
7 Therefore, they will now go into exile at the head of the exiles,
And the sprawlers’ banqueting will pass away.

8 The Lord God has sworn by Himself, the LORD God of hosts has declared:
I loathe the arrogance of Jacob,
And detest his citadels;
Therefore I will deliver up the city and all it contains.”  Amos 6:1 and 4-8.

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“16 There are six things which the LORD hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19 A false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers.”  Proverbs 6:16-19.

“O LORD, God of vengeance,
God of vengeance, shine forth!
2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth,
Render recompense to the proud.
3 How long shall the wicked, O LORD,
How long shall the wicked exult?
4 They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly;
All who do wickedness vaunt themselves.”  Psalm 94:1-4.

“… God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  James 4:6.

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