Amos

Amos 5:1-15 Judgment On The Nation, But Hope For The Remnant.

In this lament for the covenanted nation, there is yet a word of hope that a remnant of 10% would be preserved (vv. 1-3). This remnant is called to seek the LORD and live, but not at the old sites of renewal, for they will be in exile (vv. 4-7). He who is sovereign over creation, is the same LORD of the covenant (vv. 8-9). The nation as a whole was being rebuked by the prophet, the one they hated and abhorred because of his rebukes, because he spoke uprightly (v. 10). Israel’s chief crimes were the oppression of the poor, and the perversion of justice, both with the bribe and in silencing the law and its spokesmen (vv. 11-13). This all is meant as a warning to the remnant to, “seek good and not evil,” that they might live, and that the LORD might be with them, even in exile (vv. 14-15). “Hate evil, love good; establish justice in the gate. It may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph” (v. 15). The goal of the covenant, that they would be His people, and He would be with them, would find fulfillment in the remnant that would be “a remnant according to the election of grace” (Rom. 11:5).

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