Christianity can be condensed into four words: Admit, Submit, Commit and Transmit. -Samuel Wilberforce
Lessons from Amos:
Walking with God
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”(Amos 3:3)
Amos was a prophet during the reign of Jeroboam II (son of Joash), who ruled the northern ten tribes of Israel from 825 to 784 B.C. (2 Kings 14:23). Some 100 years earlier, Jeroboam I (son of Nebat) had led a rebellion against the son of Solomon and started the northern nation of Israel (1 Kings 12). In order to keep his people from returning to Jerusalem, Jeroboam I “made Israel to sin” (1 Kings 12:30; 16:26; etc) by developing a “new”religion centered on an image of a golden calf with idol temples in Bethel and Dan (1 Kings 12:28-29).
Those northern tribes never did return to the worship of Jehovah but “sinned against the LORD,” and Israel “feared other gods” (2 Kings 17:7). The list of their sins is long and grevious in God’s sight.
They “did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD” (2 Kings 17:9).
Israel set up “images and groves in every high hill”(2 Kings 17:10). They “wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger” (2 Kings 17:11).
They “worshipped all the host of heaven” (2 Kings 17:16).
They “used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger” (2 Kings 17:17).
They “feared the LORD, and served their own gods”(2 Kings 17:33).