Friday, November 25, 2016

Amos, part 4, Blessings




The Old Testament book of Amos can be divided into four parts. Last week we looked at the first three.

Part 4: Future kingdom blessing and restored Israel. Let’s read it all: 9:11-15

 11 “In that day
   “I will restore David’s fallen shelter—
   I will repair its broken walls
   and restore its ruins—
   and will rebuild it as it used to be,
12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom
   and all the nations that bear my name,”
            declares the LORD, who will do these things.
 13 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD,
   “when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman
   and the planter by the one treading grapes.
New wine will drip from the mountains
   and flow from all the hills,
 14 and I will bring my people Israel back from exile.
   “They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them.
   They will plant vineyards and drink their wine;
   they will make gardens and eat their fruit.
15 I will plant Israel in their own land,
   never again to be uprooted
   from the land I have given them,”
   says the LORD your God.

Amos's single prophecy of future blessing was revealed above. The details are

(1) the restoration of the Davidic dynasty (v. 11);
(2) the conversion of the nations (v. 12);
(3) the fruitfulness of the land (v. 13);
(4) Israel's return from captivity (v. 14);
(5) the rebuilding of the waste cities (v. 14); and
(6) Israel's permanent settlement in the holy land.