Surely the Lord God does nothing
Unless He reveals His secret counsel
To His servants the prophets.
– Amos 3:7 NASB
With our focus today on the writing of Amos, we have now seen at least one verse from each of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. All of them urged their contemporaries to turn from their sins and look forward to the day when God would redeem creation from its futile cycle of sin and death, sin and death, sin and death.
God’s redemption of the creation was inaugurated with the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Every other element of creation would eventually be redeemed from that seminal act.
God laid out His plan – in writing – long before He executed it. This is what He is saying to us through Amos’ words above. As the apostle Peter put it:
“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know–this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”
– Acts 2:22-24 NASB (emphasis added)
This “predetermined plan” of which Peter spoke was to be found in the writings of Israel’s prophets, of which we’ve been viewing samples. Peter learned this truth from Jesus Himself who said things like this about the plan:
And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
– Luke 24:25-27 NASB
The Bible – from beginning to end – testifies to the glorious mission of God becoming a man.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, thank You for the Old Testament and the New Testament – both of which tell us so much about You and Your love for us. We have sinned and are not worthy of such love, yet help me live today as thanksgiving for that love…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.