Daily Scripture Reading December 11th
King James Bible – The Holy Bible
Amos 4:1 - 6:14 KJV
41 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink. 2 The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks. 3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every cow at that which is before her; and ye shall cast them into the palace, saith the LORD. 4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years: 5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD. 6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. 7 And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. 8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. 9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. 10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. 11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. 12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. 13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.
51 Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel. 2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up. 3 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel. 4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: 5 But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought. 6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. 7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth, 8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name: 9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress. 10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly. 11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. 12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right. 13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time. 14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. 15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph. 16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing. 17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. 18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? 21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. 22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. 23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. 24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. 25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? 26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. 27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.
61 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! 2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border? 3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; 4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall; 5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David; 6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph. 7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed. 8 The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein. 9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die. 10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD. 11 For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with clefts. 12 Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow there with oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock: 13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength? 14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.
Revelation 2:18 - 3:6 KJV
218 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; 19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. 24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
31 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Psalms 130:1-8 KJV
1301 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. 2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. 5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. 6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. 7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. 8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Proverbs 29:21-22 KJV
2921 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length. 22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
* KEY WORD–“PUNISHMENT.”
* KEY VERSE–Am 4:12.
* KEY PHRASE–“THE NATIONS AND ISRAEL CALLED TO ACCOUNT.”
WRITER–Amos was a native of Tekoa, a small town about 12 miles south of Jerusalem. Amos was not a prophet nor the son of a prophet, nor did he attend the schools of the prophets. By occupation, he was a shepherd and a fruit-grower. As he followed the flock in Judea, God called him to prophesy in the northern kingdom, Israel. In obedience to this call he went to Bethel where the sanctuary was. There he preached with such earnestness and plainness or speech that Amaziah, the leading idolatrous priest, complained to the king and he was expelled from the kingdom. Ile probably returned to his home at Tekoa, where he wrote this book.
TIME OF WRITING–About 760 B. C. While Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam II. was king of Israel. Prosperity had brought great evils to the people. The rich lived in great luxury, and drank and feasted to excess amid delicate perfumes and soft strains of varied music, Amos 6:4-6. But all this was obtained through violence and robbery, Amos 3:10. The poor and needy were sold as slaves, and false weights and measures were used, Am 2:6. The judges were corrupt, Am 5:7, and to be upright was to be unpopular and to be hated, Am 5:10.
PURPOSE–To foretell the punishment that should come upon foreign nations, and to condemn Israel for its idolatry and oppression.
Prophecies Against the Nations
Am 1; 2.
The accusations against the nations were called forth because they had harmed other nations. Damascus standing for Syria heads the list because her cruelties had been most felt, by Israel. She had been fiercely cruel. The Philistines come next because they had sold Israelites into bitter slavery. The prophet next turns to Tyre, for they had acted as slave agents. Edom comes next because of its hatred and fighting against Israel. Next comes Ammon for its wicked crimes. Then judgment falls upon Ammon because of their meanness and sacrilege in wrecking their vengeance upon a corpse. Such were the charges that Amos brings against the heathen neighbors of Israel, and the commerce which bound these nations together as the slave-trade in most odious form.
LESSON–The fact that punishment came upon these nations, reminds us:–
1. That the mightiest human kingdoms cannot prevent God’s judgements from coining upon them. The Canaanites were a great people, yet because of their corruption, God took away their country from them. Pharaoh was the mightiest despot of the old world, yet he and his hosts because of their obstinacy were cast into the Red Sea. Napoleon and the Kaiser thought they were superior to God and acted independent of Him, but they were soon Put beneath His feet. God will not be hindered. God’s helpers shall be exalted, His hinderers brought low.
2. That God knows all about human sine which fact should make us careful and prayerful to avoid evil and devoutly Pursue the good. It should also impress us with the wonderful patience of God.
La 3:22. Because of this patience He suspends His anger toward the wicked lest they be instantly destroyed, and instantly forgives and forgets the sins of the righteous it they confess them, 1Jo 1:9.
Said a boy: “Father forgives me when I’ve done wrong, but I see in his face all the day after, that although he does not frown, yet he remembers what I did in the morning. He does not forget.” God forgives and forgets. He makes it up altogether!
Charges Against Israel
Am 3; 4; 5; 6.
Amos now addresses both Israel and Judah. They were a chosen nation, therefore they should be punished. They stood more fully in the light and therefore they cast a darker shadow. The prophets tells them first about their civil oppressions. Righteousness seems to have been forgotten. Over their magnificent homes and courts might be written only cruelty and injustice. The women are contemptuously called “Kine of Bashan” because they were wholly absorbed in worldliness and luxury. The prophet tells the people that when they went on their religious
pilgrim. age to Bethel and Gilgal it was only to add sin to sin, for their worship was mere formal ritual, and half idolatrous. They were reminded that God had sent upon them drouth, plagues and earthquakes, yet they repented not.
LESSON–When God’s people do not glorify Him, He glorifies Himself by punishing them. God never threatens, however, without offering a way of escape, never warns without also pleading with men to repent. Again and again, has lie stepped from the chariot of His thunder that He might put His arms around some sinner and bid him come home. He has waited for men whom others have forgotten or are ashamed of. The Bible is terrific and awful beyond all other books in denouncing sin, and threatening wrath, yet it is shot through and through with the spirit of pity and mercy and hope, and no one will be finally lost except he push on by the divine arms of compassion.