Amos 1:6 Selling Communities

This is what the LORD says: “For three sins of Gaza, even for four, I will not relent. Because she took captive whole communities and sold them to Edom,” Amos 1:6

Amos starts out with the words of God against various towns and nations. Each of these are for capturing cities and selling the people and community to other nations. For each one it is listed as for three to four sins God was willing to not relent and bring on the judgment against them. It was a prophecy of destruction against nations that sin against God.

Even though, as a whole, slavery has been abolished across the world, there are many places that still allow it or have it occur on a very wide spread basis. People are bought and sold into various types of slavery all over the world, even in America. Most people will agree that slavery is wrong and should be done away with.

There is, however, another type of slavery that people are sold into on a regular basis, that most people don’t even recognize as slavery. It is slavery into sinful practice and ways.

Stores and bars populate most towns promoting getting drunk. Movie theaters push movies that promote sex, drugs, and every type of sin known to man as worth seeing and doing. Books are published promoting every type of sin there is as something good for a person. Television promotes sinful lifestyles as being acceptable and good. Musicians sing songs pushing sin. Pornography promotes free sex, immorality and lust.

All of these things are taking whole communities into captivity, selling them into slavery of sin. People are captivated by the sin promoted by others. While most people look at these things a freedom and rights, it is sin. Although the world states that a person has the freedom and right to sin, it is still wrong and there is a price to pay–life.

As a believer, you must not be caught up in these things. You must be careful that you are not one of those promoting sin in any shape, size or fashion.

Take captive your thoughts and focus them on God and His ways. Promote Jesus in this world and be His slave. Allow only God to be your master and not the things of this world. In this way God will not have to bring judgment upon you.

I pray today that you will only be captured by God; that you will only be a slave to Jesus; that you will not be guilty of enslaving others into sin; and that you will be a light of Jesus to this world.

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2 Kings 17:7-8 A Reason For Destruction

All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshipped other gods and followed the practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced. 2 Kings 17:7-8

Israel had been destroyed as a nation and the people were brought into captivity. The purpose had been because of their continued living in sin. God had brought them out of Egypt, yet they persisted in following false gods, so God allowed them to be overtaken and destroyed as a nation.

Throughout Israel’s history there had been some kings who served God, however, most of them did not drive out all worship of false gods. This allowed for continued worshipping of the false gods, slowly leading the people further and further from God, until destruction was brought about by God.

Worship of false gods has not changed in the several thousand years that have passed since Israel had been destroyed as a nation. Every nation today has people following false gods all the time. Governments lead people in worshipping false gods.

America has followed the footsteps of Israel. It was founded on Christian principles, but has since abandoned them. The government and the leaders promote living in sin in many different ways. Sin is now called good, while good is being called bad.

When these things happen, God removes His hand of favor upon a nation and its people. Although it took several hundred years before Israel fell as a nation, it did occur. They were destroyed for over 2,000 years.

As an individual, you have to choose how you will live and whom you will serve and follow. Things may be looking good for you at the moment, but if you are refusing to follow and worship God alone, there will come a time of destruction. That destruction may occur in this life, or you may live a long life that appears to be good, and in the end be destroyed after death.

God sees your heart and life. He knows who you are really worshipping and serving.  If you are serving God with all of your life and trusting in Jesus for your salvation, you will not be destroyed, though death may come in this life.

If you are not serving God and trusting in Jesus, destruction will come eventually. God may bring it in this life to attempt to get your attention, or after death when it is too late.

Serve and worship God alone today. Trust only in Jesus and not the things of this world. Do not have God have to bring about destruction in your life, now or in the future.

I pray today that you will trust in Jesus alone; that you will worship God alone; that you will not cause God to bring about destruction; and that you will strive to turn others from sin to God.