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28 Apr

As I continue telling you ten books I would take to evangelise a desert island we come to Chronicles (1 and 2 were combined originally).

What’s the book about?

Chronicles tells the story of Israel from King Saul through to the release from Exile.

Why did I choose this book?

I view Biblical Theology (following the Bible’s own layout and searching it for truth) as much more important than Systematic Theology (the grouping of verses according to subjects, i.e. God, the Bible etc.).

One of the things that surprises Christians is the amount of narrative in the Bible. Both preachers and their congregations rarely consider it.

However, the story of Israel is key to God and to modern Christians. I chose Chronicles because it contains most of Israel’s history, and the islanders could do with knowing it.

In particular we learn in Chronicles

  1. That God’s people fail
  2. That God’s people deserve punishment
  3. That God can work in spite of people’s failure

I’d encourage you to start taking the narrative parts of the Bible more seriously. Maybe Chronicles, maybe you want to start elsewhere. But God shared Israel’s history for a reason.

If you’re interested in looking at the storyline of the Bible in greater depth have a look at God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts. A really easy read, it will give you a great overview of the Bible.

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Amos 3:1-8 God Punishes His People

6 Apr

Scales of justiceYahweh makes clear he punishes his people. No special treatment. Amos’ second sermon splits into two sections: God Punishes His People (3:1-8) and The Punishment is Violent (3:9-15) which we’ll cover in a later post.

God Punishes His People (3:1-8)

In verse 2 that it is precisely because God knows his people that he punishes them for their iniquities. There is a responsibility that comes with being God’s people, and God will punish those who don’t live up to what he expects.

Some argue God doesn’t do this, but just as surely as all the things in v3-6 are true so it is sure that disaster doesn’t come unless God allows it. We know this because God has said so through his prophets. What should our response be? Godly fear (v8).

Is this a difficult message to tell? Yes, but we must still preach it. “The Lord God has spoken who can but prophesy?”

Application for Christians

  1. Praise Jesus, because though guilty as the Israelites, we don’t face her fate.

  2. We must live in a way that befits our close walk with God.

  3. God is behind all that happens, even if it seems to be disaster for us.

  4. We can’t stop telling a message because it is difficult. Like Amos, we must preach.

Application for non-Christians

  1. God is so powerful, every disaster can only happen by his permission. Do you wish to fall into his hands?

  2. Though you are privileged to hear God’s message, nothing can come of this unless you obey what God has written. Repent and believe the Good News.

Other information that may be helpful:

  • Known means known personally, have an intimate relationship.

  • LORD or GOD, whenever written in small caps, mean Yahweh (the name of the God of the Bible).

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