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 3:1 (NIVUK): “Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against you– against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt: “
How must it break God’s heart to bring charges against His own people?
As Selwyn says: “Amos is acting as God’s ‘covenant prosecutor’ – instructed by God to bring charges against His people for failing to live up to His laws.”
I find today’s study to be very sad, considering that we have appear to have learnt nothing from the Old Testament about God’s relationship with His people and His demand for justice – expressed as love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness. We often fail in the exactly the same way as the Israelites of two thousand years ago – why is this so?
Selwyn concludes: “How surprising that a God who is for His people can act against them. … Judgment may indeed turn out to be ‘strange grace’, as all God wants to do is draw His people back to Himself.”
Jesus loves us so much that He will never leave us to wander aimlessly in a sinful world; if ‘just‘ correction is required to set us in the right direction on the narrow road to eternal life – then, His love will respond to the situation in a perfect way, according to His perfect will.