-The LORD is seen standing beside the alter (more than likely referring to the Temple in Jerusalem, which was and is the center of His activity on this earth) pronouncing inescapable judgment and captivity for His people (Amos 9:1-4). *Application* Where can we go to hide from the LORD (Psalm 139:7-10)? Of course we know that answer is nowhere. He is omnipresent (everywhere) and omniscient (all-knowing), which leaves us completely at His mercy in all situations. Going against Him and His will should strike fear and even terror for the unrepentant and unbelieving.
-The LORD’s attributes are extolled again by the prophet with clarity, power, and authority (Amos 9:5-7). This is a stanza of praise for His wondrous works and majesty. The Name of the LORD is magnified and exalted as it should be.
-*Application* The phrase, “Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are on the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy them from the face of the earth;” should bring all to shutter at the prospects of living with a culture that has turned its back on God and His ordinances (Amos 9:8). He will not tolerate iniquity forever. He is just and will bring every unrepentant act into righteous account. His knowledge is, once again, supreme and exacting on the disobedient. His warnings are to be taken seriously. His purpose is for turning back to Him before destruction happens.
-“Nevertheless” is a sharp contrast word here in the middle of verse 8 that takes the message of the Word of God in a new direction for the rest of the book. God’s reveals His plans to preserve and not completely destroy (or wipe out) a remnant of the house of Jacob. This refers to the entire nation of the Jews. He will “shake” them out as grain “among the nations” and eventually have the kernels that are not sieved return to repopulate and raise the country back up to its glory (Amos 9:9-14). At this point, which I believe we are now witnessing in our modern age, they will not be uprooted again from their land which the LORD has given them (Amos 9:15). There is also reference to the spiritual Kingdom set up by the Messiah (the time of Jesus Christ), which is the fallen booth of David raised up (Amos 9:11). *Application* God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is still intact (Genesis 12:3; 27:29). The blessings of the LORD are on those who bless His people and conform to His image through faith. Do not lose sight of what is going on in the land of biblical prophecy. Our modern newspapers tell of the glory of our Great King as Israel develops and prospers. All of these prophecies are currently being fulfilled in our time! How exciting is that?!
Verses to Memorize: Amos 9:8, 15