This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #458, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Henry Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.
Today we are reading Amos 5:18.
18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.
That was Amos 5:18. Now here is the sense of it.
The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:
Woe unto those that desire the day of the Lord’s judgments, that wish for times of war and confusion; as some who long for changes, hoping to rise upon the ruins of their country! but this should be so great a desolation, that nobody could gain by it. The day of the Lord will be a dark, dismal, gloomy day to all impenitent sinners. When God makes a day dark, all the world cannot make it light. Those who are not reformed by the judgments of God, will be pursued by them; if they escape one, another stands ready to seize them. A pretence of piety is double iniquity, and so it will be found. The people of Israel copied the crimes of their forefathers. The law of worshipping the Lord our God, is, Him only we must serve. Professors thrive so little, because they have little or no communion with God in their duties. They were led captive by Satan into idolatry, therefore God caused them to go into captivity among idolaters.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
Woe was ordinarily the wail of grief over the dead. Pronounced over the living, “woe” was a prediction of death or an interjection of distress in the face of present or coming calamity. The “woe” was addressed to those who were eagerly longing for the day of the Lord. Their earnest desire, Amos warned, was ill-founded, for that day would be a day of darkness, not light. In Israel’s thinking, “the day of the Lord” was to be the time of God’s culminating vengeance against her enemies, the day when their mighty Sovereign would fight on their behalf. On that day, she thought, He would turn His wrath on the wicked nations, punishing with disaster and death those who had threatened His people. On that day Israel would be permanently secured from danger, and exalted among all nations of the earth. Amos’ hearers eagerly anticipated that day. They did not realize, however, that its horrors would fall, not only on the nations, but also on them. Israel mistakenly believed that their Sovereign was “with” her, and that on His day of conquest He would eradicate her enemies. The truth, Amos declared, was that Israel herself had become God’s enemy. Her continual sins against His covenant had made her one of the adversaries. “The day of the Lord,” therefore, would not be the expected day of happiness. It would be instead the Suzerain’s day of vengeance against the rebels within His kingdom.
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