This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #496, 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 9:1.
1 I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
That was Amos 9:1. Now here is the sense of it.
The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:
The prophet, in vision, saw the Lord standing upon the idolatrous altar at Bethel. Wherever sinners flee from God’s justice, it will overtake them. Those whom God brings to heaven by his grace, shall never be cast down; but those who seek to climb thither by vain confidence in themselves, will be cast down and filled with shame. That which makes escape impossible and ruin sure, is, that God will set his eyes upon them for evil, not for good. Wretched must those be on whom the Lord looks for evil, and not for good. The Lord would scatter the Jews, and visit them with calamities, as the corn is shaken in a sieve; but he would save some from among them. The astonishing preservation of the Jews as a distinct people, seems here foretold. If professors make themselves like the world, God will level them with the world. The sinners who thus flatter themselves, shall find that their profession will not protect them.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
At the autumn festival, when a large congregation had assembled at the sanctuary at Bethel, and the Northern monarch had approached the altar with his sacrifice, Amos saw the Lord standing by the altar. The Lord was indeed “with them”, but to destroy and to kill, not to bless. The “end” had come for the altar, the sanctuary, and the people. The Lord commanded, Smash the tops of the pillars so that the crashing roof would cause even the great stone thresholds to shake. The thresholds were massive foundation stones on which the doorposts were fixed. In his vision Amos apparently saw the entire structure collapse, killing most of the gathered worshipers, for a second command came quickly, Cut off the heads of all the people who yet remain alive. The Lord was determined that not one would get away; none would escape. Those who survived and fled the disaster He would pursue and kill with the sword.
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