Easy Read Study Bible                                          Front Page

FRAMEWORKS: Amos

(Return to Old Testament Contents)

 

FRAMEWORKS: Amos 9: Destruction & Restoration

     

[Preliminary Comment: The chapter is predominantly and the impending destruction that God was planning [v.1] from which no one would escape [v.2-4] when the all-powerful God would shake the land [v.5,6], the God for whom raising up and removing nations is not a problem [v.7]. So now He looks on the sins of Israel [v.8] to bring a destruction that will shake the people out of the land [v.9] and destroy every sinner [v.10]. In the final five verses are what some refer to as an Appendix, we see the Lord declaring He will restore the kingdom/temple that originated under David [v.11] to create a people secure against all others [v.12] in an act of God that will happen very quickly [v.13] bring Israel back from exile [v.14] to be firmly established for ever [v.15]. The judgment of v.1-10 are imminent and the restoration of v.11-15, we suggest, veery distant – see below,]

  

   

PART ONE: v.1-10: Israel to be destroyed

 

v.1 Destruction will come to the temple

v.1  I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said:

‘Strike the tops of the pillars
    so that the thresholds shake.
Bring them down on the heads of all the people;
    those who are left I will kill with the sword.
Not one will get away,
    none will escape.
    

v.2-4 There will be no escape from the hand of judgment of the Lord

v.2  Though they dig down to the depths below,
    from there my hand will take them.
Though they climb up to the heavens above,
    from there I will bring them down.

v.3  Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel,
    there I will hunt them down and seize them.
Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea,
    there I will command the serpent to bite them.

v.4  Though they are driven into exile by their enemies,
    there I will command the sword to slay them.

‘I will keep my eye on them
    for harm and not for good.'

  

v.5,6 The all-powerful hand of the Lord will bring this

v.5  The Lord, the Lord Almighty –
he touches the earth and it melts,
    and all who live in it mourn;
the whole land rises like the Nile,
    then sinks like the river of Egypt;

v.6  he builds his lofty palace in the heavens
    and sets its foundation on the earth;
he calls for the waters of the sea
    and pours them out over the face of the land –
    the Lord is his name.

    

v.7 He is the God who raises up and disposes of peoples

v.7  ‘Are not you Israelites
    the same to me as the Cushites?'
declares the Lord.
‘Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt,
    the Philistines from Caphtor
    and the Arameans from Kir?

    

v.8 So His eyes are on Israel to bring destruction

v.8  ‘Surely the eyes of the Sovereign Lord
    are on the sinful kingdom.
I will destroy it
    from the face of the earth.
Yet I will not totally destroy
    the descendants of Jacob,'
declares the Lord.
    

v.9 Israel will be utterly shaken

v.9  ‘For I will give the command,
    and I will shake the people of Israel
    among all the nations
as grain is shaken in a sieve,
    and not a pebble will reach the ground.
   

v.10 All the unrepentant sinner will die, despite whatever they may say

v.10  All the sinners among my people
    will die by the sword,
all those who say,
    “Disaster will not overtake or meet us.”

   

PART ONE: v.11-15: Israel to be restored

   

v.11 Yet there will come a restoration of Jerusalem…

v.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,
    

v.12 … and indeed the whole land

v.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.

    

v.13 When it happens, it will happen very quickly…

v.13  ‘The days are coming,' declares the Lord,

‘when the reaper will be overtaken by the ploughman
    and the planter by the one treading grapes.
New wine will drip from the mountains
    and flow from all the hills,
   

v.14 … and will involve Israel being returned from exile, to be secure and flourish

v.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.
   

v.15 God will establish them never again to be uprooted

v.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.

     

[Notes: The extent of the restoration shown in these last five verses seems to go beyond the restoration that occurred after the Exile and must suggest an end-time restoration of Israel. We should note that all talk of destruction does not mean extinction for the concept of exile [v.9] is still here and very clear. Again and again in the prophets we find these warnings of judgment resulting in exile but not extinction of the nation. A repentant and restored remnant are referred to again and again who will rise again to create the ‘God-environment' into which the Son of God can come.]