A surprise at Bethel

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 3:13-15 (NIVUK): “‘Hear this and testify against the descendants of Jacob,’ declares the Lord, the Lord God Almighty.

‘On the day I punish Israel for her sins, I will destroy the altars of Bethel; the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.

I will tear down the winter house along with the summer house; the houses adorned with ivory will be destroyed and the mansions will be demolished,’ declares the Lord.”

I liked today’s study, especially Selwyn’s conclusion, as follows:

“Jacob was awed when he sensed the presence of God at Bethel – the God who was there to bless and guide. But it no less awesome when God comes down in judgment.

Let this thought grip you and hold you: we cannot sin with impunity. God is holy and cannot overlook sin. But He is willing to look over to Calvary, where confession of sin brings full and free forgiveness.”

The main issue for us is to admit that we are sinners and that we need to bend our knees in front of God’s throne of grace and confess our sins.