Together with Amos 3:15, below, we have in this denunciation of Bethel God's emphatic "cease and desist" in regard to all that Israel held dear. The important volume of F. I. Anderson and D. N. Freedman, Amos, AB 24a (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1990) appeared too late for me to incorporate its exegetical insights into my work. Please try again later. None of the judgments, therefore, which have already been declared by Amos against Israel, and which he is here attempting to explain to the unbelieving people, are in any sense capricious or undeserved. Amos 6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; Ver. "Hear ye, and testify against the house of Jacob, saith the Lord Jehovah, the God of hosts. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/amos-3.html. Now that we are God's, he will surely punish us for all of our iniquities. The Lord Jehovah hath spoken; who can but prophecy? Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? So when the prophets of the Lord, by his order, lift up their voice like a trumpet, to show his people their transgressions; or when, as watchmen, they blow the trumpet, to give notice of approaching danger; can they hear such denunciations of his wrath for their sins, and not tremble at them, or not take some ways and methods to escape it? Repetition was also a characteristic of the teachings of Jesus our Lord. 3 Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against you —against the whole family I … Thus, it is evident that the particular subject of this chapter is the northern kingdom, especially the capital of Samaria, and also the center of the nation's religious life at Bethel. Israel had forsaken the true God and had gone back to the gross idolatry of the old Canaanites, even adoring their filthy old "bull god." Thus, the rescue which is mentioned in this verse is a "rescue" of that which is worthless. What is got and kept wrongfully, will not be kept long. The divisions of this chapter usually noted are: An introductory justification of his message (Amos 3:1-8). "The horns of the altar shall be cut off ..." The horns of the altar were supposed to be its most sacred part; and, in pagan societies, a criminal could claim refuge by taking hold of the horns of the altar; but this was not allowed in Israel. Such vices as drunkenness, adultery, fornication, idol-worship, neglect of religious duty, etc., are merely "doing what comes naturally." are not afraid. Despite the unawareness of the terrible sinfulness of sin which characterizes our own generation to a degree rivaling, we fear, that of ancient Israel itself, God still rules in the kingdom of men; offenses against God will be severely punished; and nations that forget God shall be turned to destruction, regardless of whether or not "modern man" believes it. out of a watch-tower in time of war, to sound an alarm, and to say, Hannibal ad portas, the enemy is at hand, the Philistines are upon you. Nebuchadnezzar was compelled to eat grass with the beasts of the earth for seven years in order that he might know that, "The Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will" (Daniel 4:25). This is also probably the reason why, in these chapters, "The prophet shows in greater detail the depth to which Israel had fallen and the inevitability of God's righteous judgment upon them as a result.". It was surely a difficult task which Amos discharged in "getting through" to the people with that attitude. Joab attempted to do this but was executed in spite of his doing so (1 Kings 2:28ff). These verses are the prelude to Amos 3:7,8, below; and they consist of a series of questions, each of which demands a negative answer from the hearers, an answer that is not awaited, for it is considered obvious. Shall evil befall a city, and Jehovah hath not done it? "Will a lion ... will a young lion ..." These two similies have the same meaning. Motyer pointed out here that: Keil likewise discerned this as the import of this passage: "Surely the Lord Jehovah will do nothing, except he reveal his secret unto his servants the prophets. God turning the divine back on the church’s liturgy, holding the divine nose, plugging the divine ears, clamping the divine eyes shut to ignore the acts of worship offered up by the people? (g) "and shall not the Lord do somewhat?" The word translated “evil” is commonly, but not universally, used for moral evil. Maria Theresa's bedroom was decorated with over three million dollars worth of gold and precious stones. ", "Gin ..." as used in Amos 3:5, "is an old English contraction of `engine.' but this may be interpreted of the evil of affliction or judgment; which, wherever it comes, is by the order and appointment of God, and is inflicted by him; thus evil, as well as good, comes out of the mouth and hand of the most High; and he creates the evil of adversity, as well as makes peace and prosperity; see Job 2:10. Amos 5 Commentary; Amos 5:1-3 The Lamentation. Bibliography InformationCoffman, James Burton. Amos 3:3-8 "A lion has roared" concludes the section that began with "The Lord roars from Zion" ().The Lord, "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Revelation 5:5), has roared against Israel to take heed.When a lion roars, anyone within hearing distance should change the direction of his path, especially if the lion is very close!. Amos 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. The word family is equivalent to people here and in the following verse. . Amos 3:3-8 "A lion has roared" concludes the section that began with "The Lord roars from Zion" ().The Lord, "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Revelation 5:5), has roared against Israel to take heed.When a lion roars, anyone within hearing distance should change the direction of his path, especially if the lion is very close!. 118ff. "Against the whole family ..." The indictment is against the entire covenant people, both Judah and Israel. You only have I known — Acknowledged, by revealing myself to you, protecting you, and conferring on you peculiar privileges. Judah had already been warned of impending doom (Amos 2:4); and, as the principal thrust of the whole prophecy is against Israel, the prophet turned immediately to the business in hand. "Ashdod" also carries a more pointed meaning for Israel than would "Assyria" in this verse. "The Lord Jehovah, the God of hosts ..." "This full title appears nowhere else in the book," indeed nowhere else in the entire Bible. That ancient culture, founded upon the heartless oppression of the poor, is not the only such society that God has destroyed, as a trip through the palaces of Europe will quickly demonstrate. Amos 3:1-15. When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done [it]? " It is from the last member of this quadruple designation that our word "Sabaoth" is derived. Render doeth nothing, and in Amos 3:6 is a trumpet sounded. The meaning is simply that the whole religious apparatus at Bethel shall perish, along with the rest of Israel. Here is a description of the pride, security, and sensuality, for which God would reckon. .—In this, and the preceding verse, the future tense should be replaced by a present. " In that rendition, the meaning is the same, but not as dramatically stated, the focus shifting to the luxurious lives of the Samaritans. 3. In short, the doctrine of the election of Israel is the thing in view; but Amos revealed an altogether shocking corollary of it, responsibility and conformity to the will of God, a corollary that Israel had overlooked. O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt. This text begins and continues with the theme of lament and grief (“Alas”; also Amos 6:1, 4). Instead of reading their election as: Now that we are God's, he will help and bless us no matter what we do. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? Finding the new version too difficult to understand? God, in His displeasure, sends them upon you. Burnt offerings, thank offerings, and meal offerings were presented there (Amos 5:22); but as Dummelow wrote: "And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith Jehovah. Ver. transl.). I can count on one hand the number of commentaries in the Hermeneia series that I find very helpful. Note the following from Mays: The claim of the Israelites, of course, was that they were indeed worshipping the true God, a farce which they encouraged by observing many of the rituals and commandments of the law of Moses. Paul affirmed that, "God made of one every nation of men ... and determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation, that they should seek God" (Acts 17:26,27). will he not visit for these things, and be avenged on such a city, and the inhabitants of it? The lion has roared— who will not fear? God as a wild, predatory animal? The heartless affluence, luxury and self-satisfied unconcern of the ruling classes in Israel were the sins of the people who owned and lived in the houses described in this passage; and their rich and easy lives had been made possible through all kinds of corruption and deceit as outlined in Amos' prophecy. This and the preceding verse relate the doom of Samaria; and this verse is addressed to the possible hope that they would be rescued. Commentary on Amos 3:9-15 (Read Amos 3:9-15) That power which is an instrument of unrighteousness, will justly be brought down and broken. "In the palaces of Ashdod ..." The desire of some scholars to translate this "Assyria" instead of Ashdod should be rejected. Amos was the earliest of the prophetic books, focused on the ultimate consequences of Israel’s disobedience. Amos 5:21-27 The Captivity Announced. "Shall two walk together ..." Israel's having forsaken God's way means that they are no longer "agreed" with God. The intemperate will think anything the cause of their illness rather than their intemperance. Christians today should also read the true version of their salvation by the grace of God: We are God's, and therefore we are under the uttermost obligation to love him and obey him. Amos 4:12-13 Prepare to Meet Thy God. Ancient Israel did not believe, nor did any other of the eight nations confronted by the judgments of Amos' prophecy; but where are any of those nations now? Amos 3:12 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain. The whole passage gives the prophetic view of history as a drama in which sin is punished and righteousness rewarded; omitting Amos 3:7,8 would have been subject to the objection in Amos' hearers that such calamities as those foretold would have been "unfair without adequate warning." It was not Amos' indignation that is poured out in Amos, but the indignation of the infinite God. " Despite the attractiveness of the New English Bible rendition, however, Fosbroke defended the "silken cushions" of the ASVas being "satisfactory as any. Keil quoted a passage from Jeremiah to explain what is said here: "Can destruction possibly overtake you, unless your sin draw you into it? ", "Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria ..." The imagery is that of a court of world-judgment summoned to take places of advantage overlooking Samaria and to view the terrible wickedness that was perpetuated there. Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. God announced that he was putting an end to that kind of culture, an end which came within the lifetime of those who heard Amos' words. "Shall two walk together except they have agreed? Following the death of Saul, the lament took this form: Publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon; Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice, There is definitely an echo of this in the verse before us. " It means, "Jehovah chose Israel alone to be his people. Israel Has Not Returned to God - Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and say to your husbands, “Bring us some drinks!” The Sovereign LORD has sworn by his holiness: “The time will surely come when you will be taken away with hooks, the last of you with fishhooks. shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? It was this difficulty which led him to authentication of his message in Amos 3:3-8. This feature is not available right now. " Note that this indirect reference to the Pentateuch together with the implied assumption that all of Israel knew it shows beyond question that the Pentateuch was not merely in existence, but that it had been known for a long, long time prior to the days of Amos. they must, they usually are, lest their lives, and their children's, should be taken away, and their substance become a prey to the enemy: or, "and the people not run together" (f); into some one place for shelter, or to consult together how to provide for their safety, and secure themselves from danger. Israel has heard the roar of the lion in the prophetic warnings of Amos, and they should be afraid. Israel has tripped the trigger of the wrath of God; and the trap would not have sprung had this not been so. Amos 3:1-2. "Which I brought up out of Egypt ..." The thing which Amos was called to do lay totally beyond the thought-pattern of God's "chosen people," who had assumed that their unusual privileges endowed upon them a status of exemption from any unusual requirements. "Commentary on Amos 3:4". 6. "It is a more stinging implication that the Philistines (Ashdod) and the Egyptians, the two hated ancestral enemies were morally superior to Israel. He indeed has "set the snare." Amos 5:4-15 Seek the Lord and Ye Shall Live. John Trapp Complete Commentary. The evil of sin is from ourselves; the evil of trouble is from God, whoever be the instruments. They would sell a man into slavery for a pair of shoes. This commentary is a product of several decades of research into and teaching of the Book of Amos. 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