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 2:13-16 (NIVUK): “‘Now then, I will crush you[Israel] as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.
The swift will not escape, the strong will not muster their strength, and the warrior will not save his life.
The archer will not stand his ground, the fleet-footed soldier will not get away, and the horseman will not save his life.
Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that day, … ‘ declares the Lord.”
I think this is a central theme to today’s study: “God is not adverse to using nations who do not know Him to discipline those who do.” As Selwyn tells us, further on in this study, ‘within forty years the calamity of judgment overtook Israel as it succumbed to Assyrian attack’. Perhaps, we can take it a step further and reflect upon it, in the context of today’s new covenant period – ‘God is not adverse to using people who do not know Him to discipline those who do.’ Would you agree?
The other part of today’s study which I found to be very thought provoking, is this: “Biblical scholar Alec Motyer makes this point: ‘We are conditioned by our whole inherited cast of mind and our education to look for political, social and economic causes of the rise and fall of nations and empires: the Bible would have us reform our thinking and seek the cause of things in the moral and spiritual realm upon which all else is consequent … To the Bible, history is the arena of moral decisions, moral conflicts and moral consequences.’”
I also like the prayer for today: “Father God, may I have a mind that recognises that the great issues of life are a matter of morality and give me, I pray, a love for righteousness that characterises every part of my life. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
What did you think of today’s study?