This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #432, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Henry Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.
Today we are reading Amos 3:7-8.
7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
That was Amos 3:7-8. Now here is the sense of it.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
Just as one event does not take place unless another necessary event has already happened, so the sovereign Lord does nothing regarding the history of Israel without first revealing His plan to His servants the prophets. But once this revelation has occurred—once the lion has roared and attacked, once the sovereign Lord has spoken—Israel’s judgment is sure to follow. Major changes in Israel’s history were preceded by revelations from God; He seldom acted without first giving warning through a prophet. A-hi-jah prophesied the schism in Solomon’s empire. An anonymous prophet forecast Josiah’s reform. A-hi-jah predicted the death of A-bi-jah and the end of the dynasty of Je-ro-bo-am I. Elijah prophesied the deaths of Ahab and Jezebel, and the extermination of Ahab’s descendants. Elijah also predicted the death of A-ha-zi-ah. Elisha forecast Moab’s defeat by Je-ho-ram and Je-ho-sha-phat. Elisha repeated Elijah’s prediction of the fall of Ahab’s dynasty. Je-ro-bo-am II regained lost Israelite territory in fulfillment of an unrecorded prophecy by Jonah. Isaiah predicted the collapse of the Assyrians in their invasion of Jerusalem and the extension of Hezekiah’s life. Judah’s exile to Babylon was repeatedly foretold—to Hezekiah by Isaiah, to Ma-nas-seh by anonymous prophets, and to Josiah by Hul-dah the prophetess. And Isaiah predicted that Cyrus would commission the rebuilding of the temple. The Lord always revealed His major plans in advance to His servants the prophets. The prediction could precede the event by years or even centuries, but the fulfillment was always certain. Since the Lord had now roared His judgment like a lion, who could but fear the outcome? And since He had revealed His intentions to Amos, what could he do but prophesy God’s message?
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