|@November 18, 2023||ESV (2016)||ESV Prophets Plan 2023|
- The Destruction of Israel
- The Restoration of Israel
The final chapter of Amos closes with its author seeing the Lord standing beside the altar, declaring judgment on the people. There will be no escape from the destruction and whatever attempts made to escape will be futile. Amos reminds the people that this is the LORD and of His absolute power and sovereignty. God’s judgment will be like the violent shaking of a sieve, separating the righteous from the wicked. However, in that day, God will rebuild the “booth of David” (Amos 9:11), pointing to a day of salvation. The restoration will take place first at the resurrection of Christ but after that in the eternal kingdom of the new heaven and new earth (Rev 21:1). Once restored, the people “shall never again be uprooted” (Amos 9:15).
What a message this must have been to receive in its time. It would have evoked the full spectrum of emotion hearing the harrowing news of impending judgment but also that a remnant among them would experience a day of complete restoration. This motif of judgment and restoration carries all throughout the Bible and continues in its application to us living in the New Testament era. We know there will be a day of judgment but live assured in the promise that God’s elect will be protected and preserved. Covered by the righteousness of Christ, we will be ushered to the kingdom to be seated in the heavenly places with our King, to be heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. What a wonder to behold that every moment leads us closer to an eternal dwelling with our Beloved!
Scripture Journal Notes
Commentaries & Resources Used
- ESV Study Bible. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008)
- Faithlife Study Bible (Lexham Press, 2016)
- Believer’s Bible Commentary (Thomas Nelson, 2016)
- CSB Study Bible Notes (Holman Bible Publishers, 2017)
- Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (Guardian Press, 1976)
- The Bible: A Reader’s Guide (Sterling Publishing, 2011)
- The Infographic Bible (Zondervan, 2018)
- ESV Digital Scripture Journal (Crossway, 2019)