Today’s readings.. (Esther 5,6), (Amos 9), (Hebrews 1,2)

The 9 chapters of the prophecy of Amos which we completed reading today, is one of continuous condemnation of God’s nation – until the final verses of the last chapter.  In these the prophet records the picture – the vision – God finally gives him that illuminates the nation’s ultimate restoration.

“Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom and I will destroy it …” [v.8]  But the words which follow open up for those who continue listening or reading his message a totally different ultimate vision, “ …. ‘Except I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob.‘   The next verse “ … I will command and shake the house of Israel among the nations as one shakes with a sieve, but no pebble shall fall to the earth.”   This has happened in such a wonderful way – whereas other nations of similar antiquity, e.g. the Assyrians who destroyed the northern kingdom, have completely disappeared. .

The final verses tell us, “ ‘Behold the days are coming,’ declares the LORD, when …I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit.  I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted …” [v.13-15]

In the New Testament we have started reading the letter to the Hebrews.  It reminds its Jewish readers of the First Century how “the message declared by angels proved to be reliable and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution.”   Amos testifies to this!  But we must take note of the challenge that followed – for the First Century Hebrews – a challenge which equally applies to us.

“How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?  It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard”  And now in our days, ‘by those who read about “such a great salvation.”  Those who neglect such an opportunity will surely not escape some kind of “retribution” – the lessons of history are plain.  There is no middle path – our ultimate destiny is either eternal life – or eternal death.

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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