Scripture Union Daily Guide 31st January 2024 Message
Read Scripture Union Daily Guide 31st January 2024, Wednesday SU Daily Guide Reading
TOPIC: God of Judgement And Restoration
OPENING PRAYER: As I read through this passage dear Lord, let your word bring transformation to my life.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: AMOS 9:1-15
1 I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
5 And the Lord God of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
6 It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name.
7 Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the Lord. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord.
9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this.
13 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.
Question(s) for Reflection
• Q 1: What does the passage teach about God the Father, or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
• Q7: What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?
Scripture Union Daily Guide 31st January 2024 MESSAGE
The Children of Israel sinned against God and God’s judgment on them was revealed to Amos in a vision. Judgment will begin at the altar; the centre of the nation’s life, the place where people expected protection and blessing. The judgment will cover all twelve tribes in Israel. God would destroy their base of security to bring them to Himself (vs.1-6).
No one can escape God’s judgment. Does God’s judgment sound good news or bad news to you? God’s judgment will be the same for Israel as for other nations (v.7). He is not the God of Israel only. He is the God of the universe, and He controls all nations. He will judge your actions.
Amos, however, assured Israel that God would “never completely destroy” them. That means their punishment will not be permanent or total (vs.8-9). God wants to redeem, not destroy. If God disciplines you, accept it as a sign of His love (Hebrews 12:8-11).
Observe from vs.11-12 that this God who punishes sin is also the one who restores. Read vs.13-15 and note God’s promises to us as His children.
And so: In the punishment, the house of David was reduced to a “fallen house” but God never reneged on His covenant with David (2 Samuel 7:12-16). He fulfilled it in Christ Jesus (Acts 15:16-17).
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Dear heavenly Father, may I, through your word, be inspired to live faithfully according to your desires.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Deuteronomy 28:3
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NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN
Wed Jan 31, 2024
CONVERSATION FULL OF GRACE
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6
THANK GOD FOR:
• His faithfulness and sustenance all through the first month of the year
• The confidence we have in the truth that He always answers when we pray
• Grace to speak always with grace, so as to be a blessing to everyone we come across
• The Word of God will fill, and take complete control of our hearts
Scripture Union Daily Guide 31 January 2024 Devotional. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.