Apr 15, 2018 |Thread

Entitlement Restoration

04.15.18 | Thread

Entitlement Restoration

Amos

Entitlement is when we believe we are deserving of something in our lives. This is a problem that has existed throughout the history of humanity. Zach Nachazel shares how this sin issue of entitlement thrived within the hearts of the people of Judah and Israel. God makes it clear that the consequences of sin happen to all people and on the flip-side, salvation is available to all people as well.

Amos

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Entitlement is a misalignment between our perceptions of what we deserve, and what God has promised us.

The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

Amos 1:1

 

Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Israel,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
because they sell the righteous for silver,
and the needy for a pair of sandals—
those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth
and turn aside the way of the afflicted;
a man and his father go in to the same girl,
so that my holy name is profaned;
they lay themselves down beside every altar
on garments taken in pledge,
and in the house of their God they drink
the wine of those who have been fined.

Amos 2:6-8

 

No one shall take a mill or an upper millstone in pledge, for that would be taking a life in pledge.

Deuteronomy 24:6

 

Entitlement is a misalignment between our perceptions of what we deserve, and what God has promised us.

“Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them,
whose height was like the height of the cedars
and who was as strong as the oaks;
I destroyed his fruit above
and his roots beneath.
Also it was I who brought you up out of the land of Egypt
and led you forty years in the wilderness,
to possess the land of the Amorite.
And I raised up some of your sons for prophets,
and some of your young men for Nazirites.
Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel?”

Amos 2:9-12

 

“Behold, I will press you down in your place,
as a cart full of sheaves presses down.
Flight shall perish from the swift,
and the strong shall not retain his strength,
nor shall the mighty save his life;
he who handles the bow shall not stand,
and he who is swift of foot shall not save himself,
nor shall he who rides the horse save his life;
and he who is stout of heart among the mighty
shall flee away naked in that day,”

Amos 2:13-16

 

The weight of judgement will be such that Israel will be crushed under its weight like a wagon under too heavy a load. Note the irony. They will have so much ill-gotten abundance and prosperity that the cart will break under it. That which was the focus of their sin will be their undoing.

T.J. Betts

 

Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom,
and I will destroy it from the surface of the ground,
except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,”
declares the Lord.

“For behold, I will command,
and shake the house of Israel among all the nations
as one shakes with a sieve,
but no pebble shall fall to the earth.
All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword,
who say, ‘Disaster shall not overtake or meet us.’

Amos 9:8-10

 

“In that day I will raise up
the booth of David that is fallen
and repair its breaches,
and raise up its ruins
and rebuild it as in the days of old,
that they may possess the remnant of Edom
and all the nations who are called by my name,”
declares the Lord who does this.

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when the plowman shall overtake the reaper
and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed;
the mountains shall drip sweet wine,
and all the hills shall flow with it.
I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel,
and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine,
and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit.
I will plant them on their land,
and they shall never again be uprooted
out of the land that I have given them,”
says the Lord your God.

Amos 9:11-15

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