A M O S.
The scope of this chapter is to prosecute the
exhortation given to Israel in the close of the foregoing chapter
to prepare to meet their God; the prophet here tells them, I. What
preparation they must make; they must "seek the Lord," and not seek
any more to idols (ver.
4-8); they must seek good, and love it, ver. 14, 15. II. Why they must make
this preparation to meet their God, 1. Because of the present
deplorable condition they were in, ver. 1-3. 2. Because it was by sin that they
were brought into such a condition, ver. 7, 10-12. 3. Because it would be
their happiness to seek God, and he was ready to be found of them,
ver. 8, 9, 14. 4.
Because he would proceed, in his wrath, to their utter ruin, if
they did not seek him, ver.
5, 6, 13, 16, 17. 5. Because all their confidences would
fail them if they did not seek unto God, and make him their friend.
(1.) Their profane contempt of God's judgments, and setting them at
defiance, would not secure them, ver. 18-20. (2.) Their external services in
religion, and the shows of devotion, would not avail to turn away
the wrath of God, ver.
21-24. (3.) Their having been long in possession of
church-privileges, and in a course of holy duties, would not be
their protection, while all along they had kept up their idolatrous
customs, ver. 25-27. They
have therefore no way left them to save themselves, but by
repentance and reformation.