Is your worldview man centric? Is your worldview biblically centered? Is everything based on your feelings? Is everything based on the moment? Is there facts? Is there truth? Is there a standard that doesn’t change? Is there good and evil? Is there right and wrong?
What drives your worldview? What is your worldview based on? How do you know what to do? How do you know what not to do? What drives you? What motivates you? What guides your decisions? What guides your actions? What guides your words?
Is your worldview based on something that is solid and unchanging? Is your worldview based on something that changes and morphs over time? Is it based on something more like a solid rock or like shifting sands?
What is your worldview?
Today’s reading continues in Amos…God is calling you back home! God has allowed you to walk out from under His protection and covering but even with what you are now facing, will you turn back to Him? What’s holding you back? Is it pride? Is it your worldview?
Word for Worldly Women
1Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on Samaria’s hill, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to their masters: “Bring, so we may drink.” 2My Lord Adonai has sworn by His holiness: “Behold, days are coming upon you when he will drag you away with meat-hooks, the last of you with fishhooks. 3You will go out through breaches— each woman straight ahead, and you will be cast to Harmon.” It is the declaration of Adonai. 4“Come to Bethel and transgress, in Gilgal multiply transgression. Every morning bring your sacrifices and your tithes every three days. 5Offer up hametz as a thank offering, call out about freewill offerings— boast about it! For so you love to do, Bnei-Yisrael.” It is the declaration of my Lord Adonai.
Yet You Have Not Returned
6“So also, I myself have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities and lack of bread in all your places— yet you have not returned to Me,” declares Adonai. 7“Also I myself have withheld from you the rain—when three months remain to the harvest, I caused it to rain on one city, while on another city I sent no rain; one piece of ground would get rain, while the portion not rained on would wither. 8So two or three cities go staggering to one city to drink water, but would not be satisfied— yet you have not returned to Me,” declares Adonai. 9“I struck you with blight and mildew. Your many gardens and vineyards, your fig-trees and olive trees the locust has devoured— yet you have not returned to Me,” declares Adonai. 10“I sent among you a plague in the manner of Egypt. I slew your young men by the sword, with your chariot-horses in captivity. I made the stench of your camp rise up even to your own nostrils— yet you have not returned to Me,” declares Adonai. 11I overthrew some of you as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. You became like a firebrand snatched from a blaze— yet you have not returned to Me,” declares Adonai.
Prepare to Meet Your God
12“Therefore here is what I will do to you, Israel. Because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, Israel!” 13For behold! He who forms mountains who creates the wind, who declares His thoughts to man, who makes dawn out of darkness, who walks above the heights of the earth—His Name is Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot!
–from Amos 4
Will you turn back to God before it is too late? Will you turn back to God and ask Him for forgiveness? Will you turn back to God and receive the love He has for you? Will you turn from your ways and turn back to God’s ways? Will you go back to a biblical worldview rather than a man centered world view? God loves you so much He sent Jesus! Jesus came that we could be reconciled no matter what is in our past! Jesus came to make a way when there didn’t and doesn’t seem to be a way! Jesus came that we could have life and life to the full! So turn back to God and invite Jesus into your life! God is more interested in your heart than your money! It’s not about just giving, it’s about how you are living! He is more interested in justice than in sacrifices!
Seek Adonai and Live
1Hear this word that I take up as a lament over you, O house of Israel: 2She has fallen, never rising again— virgin Israel— She is forsaken on her land, with nobody to lift her up. 3For thus says Adonai Elohim: “The city that sends out a thousand will have a hundred left, and one that sends out a hundred will have ten left for the house of Israel.” 4For thus says Adonai to the house of Israel: “Seek Me, and live! 5But do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not cross over to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will come to trouble. 6Seek Adonai, and live— lest He rush like fire through the house of Joseph. Yes, it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it.
Sins of Injustice
7You who turn justice to wormwood threw righteousness to the ground. 8He who made the Pleiades and Orion and changes deep darkness to morning. Who darkens the day into night. Who summons the water of the sea and pours it out on the face of the earth —Adonai is His Name. 9He flashes destruction on the mighty, so destruction will come against a fortress. 10They despise one who reproves at the gate, so they detest one who speaks with integrity. 11Therefore, because you trample on the poor, exacting from him a burden of grain, you built houses of hewn stone, but will not dwell in them, you planted pleasant vineyards, but will not drink their wine. 12For I know your crimes are many and your sins countless— afflicting the righteous, taking bribes, and turning the needy aside at the gate. 13Therefore the prudent keep silent at such a time —for it is a distressful time. 14Seek good and not evil, so you may live, and so Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot may be with you —just as you said! 15Hate evil, love good, maintain justice at the gate. Maybe Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot will extend grace to Joseph’s remnant. 16Therefore thus said Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot, my Lord: “There will be wailing in all plazas and in all streets. They will say: ‘Alas! Alas!’ The farmer will be called to mourning along with those who know the lamentation song. 17In all vineyards will be wailing, for I will pass through your midst” —Adonai has spoken.
Dreadful Day of Adonai
18Oy to you—longing for the Day of Adonai! What would it be for you? The Day of Adonai will be darkness and not light. 19It will be as when a man is fleeing from a lion—and meets a bear! Or he comes home, leans his hand on the wall, and a snake bites him! 20Will not the Day of Adonai be darkness, not light? Gloom, not brightness?
Justice Better Than Sacrifices
21“I hate, I despise your festivals! I take no delight in your sacred assemblies. 22Even if you offer me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I look at peace offerings of your fattened animals. 23Take away from Me the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the melody of your harps. 24But let justice roll like water and righteousness like an ever-flowing torrent. 25Did you bring sacrifices and offerings to Me in the wilderness for forty years, O house of Israel? 26But you lifted up your images —Siccuth your ‘king’, and Chiun, your star gods— which you made for yourselves, 27So I will send you into exile, beyond Damascus.” Adonai has spoken, Elohei-Tzva’ot is His Name.
–from Amos 5
Where is your hope? Where is your trust? What is the source of it? Based on your worldview, are you looking to man? to government? or are you looking to God? Are you looking to something that is shifting the sand? Are you to something that is the same yesterday, today, and forever? How trustworthy is something that is ever changing and that ebbs and flows? Wouldn’t it be better to put your trust in something that or someone who is dependable all the time? God is good, all the time! All the time, God is good!
What will it take for you to turn back to God? Can the pride be broken? Can the arrogance be chipped away? Can your heart be broken? Will you allow Jesus to create a new heart in you? Will you ask Him into your heart so that He can help you from the inside out? Choose before it is too late! Consider what is forming and directing your worldview!
At Ease in Zion
1Oy ! You who are at ease in Zion, trusting in Samaria’s hill! Distinguished ones of the foremost of nations— to whom the house of Israel comes 2Go over to Calneh and look. From there go to great Hamath, go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are you better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory larger than yours? 3Dismissing the day of calamity, you bring near the throne of violence. 4Reclining on beds of ivory, sprawling on their couches, dining on lambs from the flock and calves from amid the stall, 5chanting to the sound of harp like David, inventing their own instruments of song, 6drinking wine from bowls, anointing with choice ointments— yet they are not sickened over the breakdown of Joseph. 7Therefore now they will go into exile at the head of the exiles. Sprawling revelry will cease. 8My Lord Adonai has sworn by Himself —declares Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot— “I loathe the arrogance of Jacob, I despise his palaces, so I will shut down the city and everything in it.” 9If ten people remain in one house, they will die. 10One’s beloved—the one burning incense for him—will lift him up to carry the bones out of the house, and he will say to one in the innermost recess of the house: “Is anyone else still with you?” And he will say: “No one.” Then he will say, “Hush! For we must not mention the Name of Adonai.” 11For behold, Adonai will command, He will smash the big house to fragments and the little house to splinters. 12Will horses run on the cliff? Will one plow there with oxen? Yet you turned justice into venom, the fruit of righteousness into wormwood. 13You are rejoicing for no reason, saying: “Haven’t we taken two horns for ourselves by our own strength?” 14“For behold, I am raising up against you, O house of Israel, a nation, and they will afflict you from Lebo-Hamath to the Valley of the Arabah.” declares Adonai, the God of Hosts.
–from Amos 6
So let’s turn to Jesus! Let’s receive the gifts, the talents, and the promises of God! Let’s then take them and live them out in ways that will glorify Him! Let’s then also use them to love on our neighbors! Let’s go back to basics: First LOVE GOD! Second and equally important LOVE PEOPLE! Let’s receive what God has given us and use it to show that our worldview is based on God’s way and God’s principles! Let’s use the power and the authority given by God to transform this world into everything He desires! Let’s live lives that point people to Him! Let’s live lives that show our worldview is based on Him and His Word! That the Bible is our source for our worldview!
Power Over Demons
1They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2As soon as Yeshua got out of the boat, a man from the graveyard with an unclean spirit met Him. 3He lived among the tombs, and no one could restrain him anymore, even with a chain. 4For he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but the chains had been ripped apart by him and the shackles broken. No one was strong enough to tame him. 5And through it all, night and day, at the graveyard and in the mountains, he kept screaming and gashing himself with stones. 6When he saw Yeshua from a distance, he ran and bowed down before Him. 7Crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What’s between You and me, Yeshua, Ben El Elyon? I’m warning you, in the name of God, do not torment me!” 8For Yeshua had said to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9Then Yeshua began questioning him, “What is your name?” And he answered, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10He kept begging Him not to send them out of the country. 11Now a large herd of pigs was feeding on the hillside nearby. 12The unclean spirits urged Him, saying, “Send us to the pigs, so we may enter them.” 13So Yeshua gave them permission. The unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs. And the herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the cliff and were drowned in the sea. 14The herdsmen ran away and told the town and countryside, and they came to see what had happened. 15Now they came to Yeshua and saw the madman who had had the legion. He was sitting there, dressed in clothes and in his right mind. The people were scared. 16Those who had seen it described in detail what had happened to the man plagued by a demon, and they also told about the pigs. 17And they began to beg Yeshua to leave their country. 18As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been infested with demons kept begging to remain with Him. 19Yeshua did not let him, but He told him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much Adonai has done for you, how He showed you mercy.” 20So he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Yeshua had done for him. And all were amazed.
Power in His Touch
21When Yeshua had crossed over in the boat again to the other side, a big crowd gathered around Him; and He was by the sea. 22Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, comes. Seeing Him, he falls at His feet. 23He begs Him a great deal, saying, “My little daughter is near death! Come and lay hands on her so that she may be healed and live!” 24So Yeshua went off with him, and a big crowd was following Him and pressing upon Him. 25And there was a woman with a blood flow for twelve years, 26who had suffered much under many doctors. She had spent all that she had without benefit; instead, she grew worse. 27When she heard about Yeshua, she came through the crowd from behind and touched His garment. 28For she kept saying, “If I touch even His clothes, I shall be healed.” 29Right away the blood flow stopped, and she felt in her body that she was healed from her disease. 30At once Yeshua, knowing in Himself that power had gone out from Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” 31His disciples responded, “You see the crowd pressing upon You and you say, ‘Who touched Me?’” 32But He kept looking around to see who had done this. 33But the woman, scared and shaking, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in shalom and be healed from your disease.” 35While Yeshua was still speaking, messengers come from the house of the synagogue leader, saying, “Your daughter is dead. Why do you still trouble the Teacher?” 36But ignoring what they said, Yeshua tells the synagogue leader, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37He did not let anyone follow Him except Peter, Jacob, and John, the brother of Jacob. 38They come to the house of the synagogue leader. He sees a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39After entering, He said to them, “Why make such a fuss and weep? The child didn’t die, but is sleeping.” 40They start jeering at Him. But after sending all of them out, He takes the child’s father and mother, and those with Him, and enters where the child was. 41Then, taking hold of the child’s hand, He tells her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up.” 42Immediately, the girl stood up and began to walk around! (She was twelve years old.) And they were overcome with astonishment. 43But He gave them strict orders that no one should know about this, and He said something to eat should be given to her.
–from Mark 5