Check Yourself (Amos 1)

“The Lord roars from Zion and thunders from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds dry up, and the top of Carmel withers.” (Amos 1:2)

Have you ever sat through a sermon and immediately thought of another person (not yourself) that “needed to hear that message”? I know I’ve done it before.

We see something similar happen to Israel, as the book of Amos opens with God condemning the surrounding nations for their sins. Ironically, Israel forgot to “take the plank out of their own eye” first and realize that God’s judgment of sin was also coming to them. (more…)