Amos 6:1-14 “Wake up, O Sleeper”
Pastor Rick Hogaboam
Sovereign Grace Fellowship 4/25/10
Sin. Sin. Sin. (4-7)
Sent Away (8-14)
Amos 6:1–14 (ESV)
1“Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of th e nations, to whom the house of Israel comes!
2Pass over to Calneh, and see, and from there go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are you better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than your territory,
3O you who put far away the day of disaster and bring near the seat of violence?
- “Ease…feel secure”: A call to wake up from their drunken stupor.
- “notable men” : irony here is that the best Israel has to offer has been corrupted, much like politicians today.
- “Calneh, Hamath, Gath” were small city-states from which Israel is feeling secure in comparison. There is something big out there called Assyria that God can do whatever He wants with. They are ignoring the iceberg, not seeing it.
- ILLUS: Titanic
- 2552 “Shut Up” Five iceberg warnings were telegraphed to the ill-fated Titanic. When the sixth message, “Look out for icebergs,” came in, the Titanic’s operator wired back: “Shut up, I’m busy.” Exactly thirty-five minutes later the great ship, whose captain had said, “God, Himself couldn’t sink this ship,” was sinking. 
- 511 God Could Not Sink Ship
- “God Himself could not sink this ship,” boasted a deckhand aboard R. M. S. Titanic in 1912. The men who built the ship, the civilized world, the credulous public—all believed and boasted that the ship was unsinkable. But God was not mocked. It is said that when the captain gave the order to abandon ship, many passengers simply could not believe that the Titanic could possibly sink and refused to board the lifeboats. And the crew was almost criminally complacent. So 1,502 men, women, and children plunged into the depths. 
4“Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory and stretch themselves out on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock and calves from the midst of the stall,
5who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp and like David invent for themselves instruments of music,
6who drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!
- They are living a perpetual party, eating it up, dancing it up, and drinking it up. Reminds me of an old show “Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous”.
- God is not opposed to having a good time, in fact He prescribes true joy to those who find Him to be their treasure. What is taking place here is an indifference to ruin and judgment:
- “but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph”
- Their partying is such a priority that they would ignore a devastating earthquake, a 9/11, someone passing out, screams from a room where people are being violated.
- ILLUS: Jon and Kate plus 8 is no more. I don’t know all the dynamics of what was taking place in the marriage, but it certainly was revealing when Jon was out partying at bars, sleeping with various women, apparently so pathetically insecure that he needed the affirmation of drunk college women, all the while his family is blowing up. It is certainly a picture of a man who wants to party and shows little to no grief over the disintegration of his family.
- Israel was intoxicated with the lust of their eyes, flesh, and the world and their relationship with God was falling apart and they didn’t care. (more…)