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 1:13 – 2:3 (NIVUK): ” This is what the Lord says: ‘For three sins of Ammon, even for four, I will not relent. Because he ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to extend his borders, I will set fire to the walls of Rabbah that will consume her fortresses amid war cries on the day of battle, amid violent winds on a stormy day. Her king will go into exile, he and his officials together,’ says the Lord.
This is what the Lord says: ‘For three sins of Moab, even for four, I will not relent. Because he burned to ashes the bones of Edom’s king, I will send fire on Moab that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth. Moab will go down in great tumult amid war cries and the blast of the trumpet. I will destroy her ruler and kill all her officials with him,’ says the Lord.”
Selwyn starts with: “We remind ourselves that the great truth we are considering is this: God is the judge of all the nations and in His own time He will bring justice and righteousness to the earth. … People matter to Him whoever and wherever they are.”
I liked this part of his summary: “When wicked rulers arrogantly make themselves at home at the centre of things, God will act to move them to the margins of humiliating exile. Those who live by the sword will perish by the sword.
God will march them down the corridors of power and out into the darkness of eternal punishment. Wickedness may flourish for a while but we can rest assured that its end is certain.”
As I mentioned yesterday, not only will the obviously wicked rulers be punished but also those leaders; who stand by and do nothing meaningful to curb the evil actions of others. These sinful actions are often political or territorial in nature but also include those trade practices which are designed to keep certain groups in poverty (economic slavery).
The United Nations, an organisation formed in 1945 and currently has 193 Member States, has demonstrated time and time again, its inability to bring about peaceful and just outcomes in war-torn or disadvantaged nations.
What is impossible for man is possible with God, however, there may be many who want to flee from His wrath, when He comes to execute justice.