Amos 6 Sermon Notes

Posted: April 27, 2010 by Rick Hogaboam in Amos, Biblical Studies, Sermons
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Amos 6:1-14 “Wake up, O Sleeper”

Pastor Rick Hogaboam

Sovereign Grace Fellowship 4/25/10

Safety? (1-3)

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. [1]

–          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. [2]

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.

–          Luke 12:13–21 (ESV)13Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

–          They were not rich towards God!!!

7Therefore they shall now be the first of those who go into exile, and the revelry of those who stretch themselves out shall pass away.”

–          God needs to boot them out of the house, kick them off the team, expel them from school, fire them. They are not living in Covenant with God, aren’t following the house rules, aren’t following the team rules, aren’t following the school rules, aren’t following employee rules.

–          Christ covers us with His righteousness, but we are participants in a new covenant that involves our sanctification in His ways. We can be expelled from the Covenant community if we walk in unrepentant sin. We are forgiven by grace, and kept by grace, but when folks show no pulse of faith and lack the grace of repentance, God will not have such folks to remain in the sacred assembly of the saints (1 Cor. 5:2)

–          God is committed to us, for better or worse, but not when we trample the covenant of grace, treat Him with mockery, commit adultery, and essentially say “No” when Christ beckons us back.

8The Lord God has sworn by himself, declares the Lord, the God of hosts: “I abhor the pride of Jacob and hate his strongholds, and I will deliver up the city and all that is in it.”

–          Matthew 23:12 (ESV)12Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

–          James 4:6 (ESV) 6But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

–          God hates our “strongholds”, those things that have sway over us, those things that we put our hope and confidence in.

9And if ten men remain in one house, they shall die.

10And when one’s relative, the one who anoints him for burial, shall take him up to bring the bones out of the house, and shall say to him who is in the innermost parts of the house, “Is there still anyone with you?” he shall say, “No”; and he shall say, “Silence! We must not mention the name of the Lord.”

11For behold, the Lord commands, and the great house shall be struck down into fragments, and the little house into bits.

–          The destruction is certain. They now fear the name of the Lord.

–          “house shall be struck down” – hearkens forward to an illustration Jesus gave:

–          Matthew 7:24–27 (ESV) 24“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

–          Their homes will not stand in the day of judgment, it was not built upon the Lord.

–          “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand…”

12Do horses run on rocks? Does one plow there with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood—

–          Israel has done the unthinkable

13you who rejoice in Lo-debar, who say, “Have we not by our own strength captured Karnaim for ourselves?”

–          Parody, “Lo-debar” = nothing, boasting in minimal success.

14“For behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel,” declares the Lord, the God of hosts; “and they shall oppress you from Lebo-hamath to the Brook of the Arabah.”

–          Assyria is that nation. God raises up this nation.

Savior!!! Jesus –

–          Safety?

  • We can’t live in ease and feel secure when we are boasting in our strength:
    • James 4:13–16 (ESV) 13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
    • We need to remember that we were diamonds in the rough, underdogs, need to remember where we came from.
    • 1 Corinthians 1:26–31 (ESV) 26For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,29so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,31so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
    • Final text commending a turning of laughter to mourning and joy to gloom as the antidote to drifting away from God through intoxication with the world:

Jesus needs to be our boast and assurance!!!

Christ is our assurance, our rock, our salvation, an ever-present help in the time of trouble.

1972 Unsinkable Ship

At the time of the sinking of the Titanic, one of our great American preachers was in Belfast, Ireland. The Titanic had been built in Belfast, and there was a great local pride over the mighty ship. She had been heralded far and wide as “the unsinkable ship.” Sixteen members of the church in Belfast, all skilled mechanics, went down with her. The mayor said that Belfast had never been in such grief as that which came over this terrible tragedy. When the news finally was verified that the gallant ship was certainly lost, so deep was the grief that it is said strong men met upon the streets, grasped each other’s hands, burst into tears, and parted without a word.

The visiting American preached the Sunday after the tragedy in the church to which the sixteen members who had been lost belonged. Not only was the building packed with peoples but on the platform were lords, bishops, and ministers of all denominations. In the audience, many newly-made widows were sitting and orphans were sobbing on every side. The great preacher took as his subject “The Unsinkable Ship.” But he did not apply that term to the Titanic which on her first voyage had gone out into the Atlantic and crashed into an iceberg, carrying her precious cargo of human lives down to watery death.

No, the preacher’s message was about that other “unsinkable ship”—the frail boat on the sea of Galilee, unsinkable because the Master of land and sea was asleep on a pillow in the afterpart of the vessel. Thank God He still lives and rides the billows and controls the storms, and when the children of men take their only true Pilot back on board, we will ride out the present storms and He will bring the vessel through to the fair harbor of our hopes.

—American Fundamentalist[3]

Never too late!!!

5875 Harper’s Last Convert

Four years after the Titanic went down, a young Scotchman rose in a meeting in Hamilton, Can., and said, “I am a survivor of the Titanic. When I was drifting alone on a spar that awful night, the tide brought Mr. John Harper (called pastor of Moody Church), of Glasgow, on a piece of wreck near me. “Man,” he said, “are you saved?” “No,” I said, “I am not.” He replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

“The waves bore him away; but, strange to say brought him back a little later, and he said, “Are you saved now?” “No,” I said, “I cannot honestly say that I am.” He said again, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,” and shortly after he went down; and there, alone in the night, and with two miles of water under me, I believed. I am John Harper’s last convert.”[4]

Are you saved from the wrath to come? Or do you have confidence in the “unsinkable” ship, even refusing to get on a lifeboat while it sinks because you simply refuse to believe you’re in danger?

James 4:6–10 (ESV) 6But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  9Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

  • Notice that we are to be:
    • Humble
    • Submissive
    • Devil resisting
    • Drawing near to God
    • Hand-cleansing
    • Heart-purifying
    • Humble
      • God exalts the humble, draws near to us.
      • Let us humble ourselves, draw near to Christ.

“Danger is on the way”

“ shut up, I’m busy”

“ The ship is sinking”

“Not it’s not”

Ephesians 5:14 (ESV) 14for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Where is your foundation? On Christ, the solid rock, or on the sinking sand.

[1] Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations : A treasury of illustrations, anecdotes, facts and quotations for pastors, teachers and Christian workers. Garland TX: Bible Communications.

[2] Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations : A treasury of illustrations, anecdotes, facts and quotations for pastors, teachers and Christian workers. Garland TX: Bible Communications.

[3] Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations : A treasury of illustrations, anecdotes, facts and quotations for pastors, teachers and Christian workers. Garland TX: Bible Communications.

[4] Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations : A treasury of illustrations, anecdotes, facts and quotations for pastors, teachers and Christian workers. Garland TX: Bible Communications.


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