In our study of Amos chapter six, we look at the condition of the northern kingdom during Amos' day and apply it to our world today. We look at the causes of God's impending judgment on them and what it means for the people of today.
"Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come!" NIV translation
Although Amos went to the rulers of the northern kingdom, he also proclaims woe for Judah & Jerusalem.
This was a time of relative power and prosperity in the northern kingdom. The rulers and upper class people felt secure and well protected in their palaces on the hill.
"Go to Kalneh and look at it; go from there to great Hamath, and then go down to Gath in Philistia. Are they better off than your two kingdoms? Is their land larger than yours?" NIV translation
Amos tells them to look at the fact that there is no greater power from the north (Kalneh) to the south (Gath). These were all ungodly people that were worse off that them. They should be grateful and be giving God the praise but they were not. It reminds us of the fact that to whom much is given much will be asked.
"You put off the day of disaster and bring near a reign of terror." NIV translation
The rulers knew that what they were doing was wrong and they expected judgment from God but they did not expect it to happen in their lifetime so it was "all good". Doesn't that sound like our world today and even the attitude of many Christians? Most people realize that God will not let things go on like this forever and we know that judgment is coming soon but do we act like we believe it? The leading men of Israel set an example that the common folks followed and that was an example of complacency. As Christians, we are the appointed leaders of this world but are we preparing the other people for what we know is coming soon?