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Predestination - God has determined the destination & the purpose of salvation (Amos 3) Part 2
48 From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
1Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against you—against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:
2 “You only have I chosen
of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
for all your sins.”
Salvation - Why
Serve - Christlikeness
Health of the Church
3 Do two walk together
unless they have agreed to do so?
4 Does a lion roar in the thicket
when it has no prey?
Does it growl in its den
when it has caught nothing?
5 Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground if it has not caught anything?
6 When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city,
has not the Lord caused it?
Evil serves the purposes of God
7 Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
8 The lion has roared—who will not fear?
The Sovereign Lord has spoken—who can but prophesy?
9 Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod and to the fortresses of Egypt: “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria; see the great unrest within her and the oppression among her people.”
10 “They do not know how to do right,” declares the Lord, “who store up in their fortresses what they have plundered and looted.”
the issue is not sinning
sinning and not having an issue
11 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “An enemy will overrun your land, pull down your strongholds and plunder your fortresses.”
12 This is what the Lord says:
“As a shepherd rescues from the lion’s mouth only two leg bones or a piece of an ear, so will the Israelites living in Samaria be rescued, with only the head of a bed
and a piece of fabric from a couch.”
13 “Hear this and testify against the descendants of Jacob,” declares the Lord, the Lord God Almighty.
14 “On the day I punish Israel for her sins, I will destroy the altars of Bethel; the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.
Salvation - What
It is Free