To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
July/August 2016 Issue – Seek Me and Live, ‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24
The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):
Amos 1:9-12 (NIVUK): ”This is what the Lord says: ‘For three sins of Tyre, even for four, I will not relent (I will not turn back my wrath). Because she sold whole communities of captives to Edom, disregarding a treaty of brotherhood, I will send fire on the walls of Tyre that will consume her fortresses.’
This is what the Lord says: ‘For three sins of Edom, even for four, I will not relent. Because he pursued his brother with a sword and slaughtered the women of the land, because his anger raged continually and his fury flamed unchecked,
I will send fire on Teman that will consume the fortresses of Bozrah.’”
In today’s study, Selwyn talks about God’s wrath; he says: “When biblical writers speak of God’s wrath it is to draw attention to His implacable hostility to every kind of sin and evil.”
We are living in an age where almost every news broadcast informs us of some evil action, which has occurred somewhere in this troubled world of ours.
Even though Selwyn wrote his conclusion some time ago; it accurately reflects our current times, especially given the number of terrorist events that have recently occurred.
He writes: “Sadly, we see all too frequently the devastating results of terrorist attacks. Those who commit such acts often believe they do the will of God. No doubt you feel outraged by these acts as I do. God is outraged too, but not only by these acts. His wrath is against all unjust actions – whether by terrorists or under the guise of political expediency. One day, perhaps sooner than we think, He will expunge all evil from His world.”
It should be noted that while the judgment concerning evil terrorist actions is unambiguous; there are judgments coming – concerning those nations who could do something to limit the suffering in the world – but who choose to do nothing because of their political and trade relationships with other countries. In particular, I’m referring to the war in Syria, and the inability of world leaders to bring about some type of resolution for the peoples of that area.