What’s the problem

Amos was a prophet to the 10 northern tribes of Israel. He begins his prophecy by denouncing all of the surrounding nations (Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab, and Judah). But as he does this he closes the circle in and finally shines the light on Israel. I can imagine what my response would have been during the judgments proclaimed on Israel’s neighbours, “It’s about time. They are finally getting what they deserve.”

But the whole point Amos is making is that the problem does not, first, lie in those who surround Israel, but rather Israel is the problem. So don’t look beyond yourself to see what’s wrong with the world, look in your heart to see what is wrong with the world. But don’t stop there. The only reason we look at ourselves and our failures is to then look to Christ, the one who saves us from ourselves. The Scottish preacher Robert Murray M’Cheyne once said, “For every 1 look at yourself take 10 looks at Christ.”

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