In our study of Amos chapter two, we look at the fact that God judges the actions of His people. We see this in the promised judgment of Israel and Judah as well as the judgment of believers that is to come.
"This is what the Lord says: 'For three sins of Moab, even for four, I will not turn back my wrath. Because he burned, as if to lime, the bones of Edom's king," NIV translation
The pattern of judgment that we saw in chapter 1 is coming closer to the home of God's people.
Here, we see that the Moabites had committed a large number of sins but the charge presented here is very specific. The charge against them was that they sought revenge and were filled with a spirit of unforgiveness.
If we, as Christians, have this same spirit or if we know that someone has not forgiven us, then we are called to go to them and ask for forgiveness. This is what Jesus told us to do in Matthew 5:23.
"'I will send fire upon Moab that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth. Moab will go down in great tumult amid war cries and the blast of the trumpet. I will destroy her ruler and kill all her officials with him,' says the Lord." NIV translation
This prophecy was fulfilled when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the Moabites. It is easy for us to cheer the destruction but we also know that God can use anyone. He used a Moabite woman (Ruth) as she is a part of the family tree of Jesus as we see in Matthew 1.
"This is what the Lord says: 'For three sins of Judah, even for four, I will not turn back my wrath. Because they have rejected the law of the Lord and have not kept his decrees, because they have been led astray by false gods, the gods their ancestors followed,'" NIV translation
The judgment comes home and, as it was with the other nations, God could have presented a long list of charges but instead just gives one. They had turned their back on God and His word to follow false gods. This is a lot like what is happening in our world today as men have turned their back on the Word of God and began to worship and follow their own ideas of what is right and wrong.