The sheep farmer prophet, Amos, delivered a message to eight different nations, including Israel and Judah. It began with this phrase.
“Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of (insert the nation) and for four.”
The phrase emphasizes each nation being guilty of committing sins on top of sins. Now judgment loomed near, but not without warning. At least five times Amos calls to the people, “Hear ye this word” or simply, “Hear”.
The nations would bear their judgment for they would not hear.
We expect the world to be judged for it’s unbelief but God’s chosen people?
“For the time is come that judgment must begin
at the house of God:
and if it first begin at us,
what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
And IF THE RIGHTEOUS SCARCELY BE SAVED,
WHERE SHALL THE UNGODLY AND THE SINNER APPEAR?”
1 Peter 4:17,18.
Many today wonder if God’s judgment is just. Are we as a nation under judgment when we suffer catastrophes, nation-wide trials, the cruelties of sinful people? I’m not going to attempt to answer the questions here except to say, what Amos said.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God,
that I will send a famine in the land,
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the LORD…
they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD,
and shall not find it.
In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say,
Thy god, O Dan, liveth: and, the manner of Beersheba liveth;
even they shall fall,
and never rise up again.”
Is God just? He gave the nations what they wanted.
But now, let’s make it personal. Where is Jesus in this book of judgment? He is the Just Judge judged for us.
The Just Judge says:
“For the Father judgeth no man,
but hath committed all judgment unto the Son…
and hath given him authority to execute judgment also,
because he is the Son of man.”
When the multitude cried out for Jesus blood, Pilate,
“saw that he could prevail nothing;
but that rather a tumult was made,
he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying,
I am innocent of the blood of this just person:
see ye to it.
Then answered all the people, and said,
His blood be on us, and on our children.”
Peter testified to Jesus through the words of Isaiah saying:
“WHO DID NO SIN,
NEITHER WAS GUILE FOUND IN HIS MOUTH…”
Jesus is the just and the judged who justifies us before the Father.
“All we like sheep have gone astray:
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all…
He shall see of the travail of his soul and be satisfied;
by his knowledge
shall my righteous servant justify many;
for he shall bear their iniquities.”
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins,
the just for the unjust,
that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh,
but quickened by the Spirit:”
1 Peter 3:18.
We, each, deserved the judgment of death, but the just Judge took our judgement that we be not judged.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God:
Being justified freely by his grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation
through faith in his blood,
to declare his righteousness
for the remission of sins that are past,
through the forbearance of God:
to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness:
that he might be just,
and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus…
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith
without the deeds of the law.”
“Much more then,
being now justified by his blood,
we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
Our just Judge has freed us from facing the wrath of God for He took God’s wrath on Himself for us. But this promise is only for those who receive the truth that Jesus is the “just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
If you do not hear the word of the Lord today, you might want to consider some final words from Amos.
“Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God…”Amos 4:12
If God called you out of this life today, are you prepared to meet Him? Will you stand justified or judged?