Day 196 of the Holy Bible One Year Challenge. Amos warns Israel and its enemies of God's wrath. Romans 2: Jews and the law

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Amos: Introduction

Amos 1

Amos 2

Romans 2:17-29

Romans 3:1-8

Proverbs 17:5-14

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Amos 1

Introduction

The messages written here came in visions from God to a man named

Amos. He was from the town of Tekoa, where he owned flocks of sheep. Amos received these messages about Israel two years before the earthquake that happened when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel. 2 This is what Amos heard and said:

The LORD roars like a lion from Zion. His voice sounds like thunder from Jerusalem.

So the pastures will turn brown and die.

Even the grass on top of Mount Carmel will dry up.

Punishment for Aram

3 This is what the LORD says:

“I will punish the people of Damascus† for their many crimes.‡

I will not change my mind.

They crushed the people of Gilead,

like grain crushed with iron threshing tools.

4 So I will burn down King Hazael’s palace

and all the fortresses of King Ben- Hadad.

5 I will also break open the gates of Damascus!

I will destroy the king in Aven Valley

and the ruler in Beth Eden.

The Arameans will be taken back to Kir as prisoners.”

These are the LORD’s own words.

 

Punishment for Philistia

6 This is what the LORD says:

“I will punish the people of Gaza for their many crimes.

I will not change my mind.

They captured whole towns

and sold the people as slaves to Edom. 7 So I will burn down the walls of Gaza and all the fortresses there.

8 I will destroy the king of Ashdod and the ruler of Ashkelon.

Then I will attack Ekron,

and any Philistines left alive will die.” These words are from the Lord GOD.

 

Punishment for Phoenicia

9 This is what the LORD says:

“I will punish the people of Tyre* for their many crimes.

I will not change my mind.

They captured whole towns

and sold the people as slaves to Edom.

They did not keep the agreement of friendship

they had made with those people.

10 So I will burn down the walls of Tyre and all the fortresses there.

Punishment for Edom

11 This is what the LORD says:

“I will punish the people of Edom for their many crimes.

I will not change my mind.

They chased their Israelite relatives with swords

and showed them no mercy.

They tore them apart with uncontrolled anger

and never stopped showing their rage.

12 So I will burn down the city of Teman and all the fortresses of Bozrah.”

Punishment for Ammon

13 This is what the LORD says:

“I will punish the Ammonites† for their many crimes.

I will not change my mind.

They ripped open pregnant women in Gilead

so they could add that land to their own.

14 So I will burn down the walls of Rab- bah‡

and all its fortresses.

They will hear the battle cries of their enemies,

and trouble will come on them like a storm.

15 Their king and his officials will be captured,

I will not change my mind.

They dishonoured the bones of Edom’s king.

They burned them to ashes.

2 So I will destroy the land of Moab with fire.

It will burn down the fortresses of Kerioth.

They will die in the noise of battle,

among the shouts of soldiers and trumpet blasts.

3 I will bring down their leader

and kill their officials.”

These are the LORD’s own words.

Punishment for Judah

4 This is what the LORD says:

“I will punish the people of Judah for their many crimes.

I will not change my mind.

They refused to accept my teachings and have not obeyed my commands.

They have been led the wrong way

by the same false gods their ancestors served.

5 So I will destroy the land of Judah with fire.

It will burn down the fortresses of Jerusalem.”

Punishment for Israel

6 This is what the LORD says:

and they will all be taken away as prisoners.”

These are the LORD’s own words.

Amos 2

Punishment for Moab

This is what the LORD says:

“I will punish the people of Moab for their many crimes.

“I will punish the people of Israel for their many crimes.

I will not change my mind.

They sell good people as slaves for a little silver.

They sell a poor man for the price of a pair of sandals.

7 They trample helpless people into the dirt

and push away those who need help.

Fathers and sons have sex with the same woman

and bring shame on my holy name.

8 At every altar people are lying on clothes taken from the poor,

who had to give them up as a promise to pay a debt.*

And they drink wine at my Temple— wine that people brought to pay fines!

9 “Have you forgotten, Israel, that I am

The strong will not be strong enough.

Even warriors will not be able to save themselves.

15 The archers will be forced to run away.

The swiftest soldiers will not outrun disaster.

Even those on horses will not escape alive.

16 On that day the bravest warriors will

run away,

leaving even their clothes behind.” These are the LORD’s own words. the one

Romans 2:17-29

The Jews and the Law

17 You call yourself a Jew, and you feel secure in having the law. You proudly claim to be one of God’s special people. 18 You know what God wants you to do. And you know what is important, because you have learned the law. 19 You think you are a guide for people who can’t see the right way, a light for those who are in the dark. 20 You think you can show foolish people what is right. And you think you are a teacher for those who are just beginning to learn. You have the law, and so you think you know everything and have all truth.

21 You teach others, so why don’t you

teach yourself? You tell them not to steal, but you yourself steal. 22 You say they must not commit adultery, but you yourself are guilty of that sin. You hate idols, but you steal them from their temples. 23 You are so proud that you have God’s law, but you bring shame to God by breaking his law. 24 As the Scriptures say, “People in other nations insult God because of you.”*

25 If you follow the law, your circum-

cision has meaning. But if you break the law, it is as if you were never circumcised. 26 Those who are not Jews are not circumcised. But if they do what the law says, it is as if they were circumcised. 27 You have the written law and circum- cision, but you break the law. So those who are not circumcised in their bodies, but still obey the law, will show that you are guilty.

28 You are not a true Jew if you are

a Jew only on the outside. I mean true circumcision goes deeper than the skin.

29 A true Jew is one who is a Jew inside. Yes, true circumcision takes place in the heart. It is something the Spirit does, not what is done to follow the written law. And anyone who is circumcised in the heart by the Spirit gets praise from God, not from people.

Romans 3:1-8

So, do Jews have any benefit that others don’t have? Does their circumcision do them any good? 2 Oh yes, the Jews have many benefits. The most important one is this: God trusted them to share his promises. 3 It is true that some Jews were not faithful to do what God wanted. But will that stop God from faithfully doing what he promised? 4 Of course not! Even if everyone else fails to keep their promises, God will always do what he says. As the Scriptures say about him,

“You will be proved right in what you say,

and you will win when people accuse you.Ӡ

5 But here’s the way some people think: when we do wrong, that shows more clearly that God is right. So can we say that God is unfair when he punishes us? 6 Of course not! If God is unfair, how can he judge the world?

7 But when I lie, it really gives God glory, because my lie makes it easier to see that he is truthful. So why am I judged a sinner? 8 And why not say, “We should do evil so that good will come from it?” Some people are saying that’s what we teach! They should be condemned for saying that.

Proverbs 17:5-14

5 Whoever makes fun of beggars insults their Maker.

Whoever laughs at someone else’s trouble will be punished.

6 Grandchildren are the pride and joy of

old age,

and children take great pride in their parents.

7 You would not expect to hear a fine

speech from a fool,

and you should not expect lies from a ruler.

8 Some people think a bribe is like a

lucky charm;

it seems to work wherever they go.

9 Forgive someone, and you will strengthen your friendship.

Keep reminding them, and you will destroy it.

10 Smart people learn more from a single

correction

than fools learn from a hundred beatings.

11 Those who are evil only want to cause

trouble.

In the end, punishment without mercy will be sent to them.

12 It is better to meet a bear robbed of

her cubs

than a fool who is busy doing foolish things.

13 If you do wrong to those who were

good to you,

you will have trouble the rest of your life.

14 The start of an argument is like a small

leak in a dam.

Stop it before a big fight breaks out.