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Not For Hire
Pastor John Stanko - February 24/25
Amos 7:12-17 - Then Amaziah said to Amos, "Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there. Don't prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king's sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom."
Amos answered Amaziah, "I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.' Now then, hear the word of the LORD. You say, "'Do not prophesy against Israel, and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.'
"Therefore this is what the LORD says: "'Your wife will become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword. Your land will be measured and divided up, and you yourself will die in a pagan country. And Israel will surely go into exile, away from their native land'"
1. God is the Lord of all the nations and not just Israel and Judah – Amos 1-2
2. The problems in Israel were many: economic injustice (2:6-7a); sexual misconduct (2:7b); idolatry (2:8); pride (6:8).
3. God’s judgments are often in response to sin, but intended to serve as wakeup calls for God’s people to repent.
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” (1 Peter 4:14-18).
4. God told the people what they had to do: seek Him and live!
Seek the Lord and live, or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire; it will devour them, and Bethel will have no one to quench it! (Amos 5:6)
Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph (Amos 5:14-15).
5. Church cannot cover up integrity and morality matters.
“I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.
Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos 5:21-24)
6. Amos was not a professional prophet; he was a shepherd and a farmer.
7. Amos did not declare the word of the Lord for a living; he did it because it was his purpose.
8. What would you do if you had all the money you needed to live on?
9. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
10. The intersection of Jesus and culture is that culture mandates we work for a living; Jesus directs us to extend His kingdom through purpose and He will provide for our needs.
Point to remember: You have a purpose, something for you to do that only you can do, something for you to be that only you can be. This purpose is not what you do to earn money but what you do to obey and please God.