The Complacency of God's People - Part 1
(the LORD speaking to His people through Amos)
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!
Go to Calneh 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?
Amos 6:1-2 (NIV)
A warning to God's people through
Amos against a false basis for contentment, specifically
confidence in religious affiliation, those "who are
complacent in Zion and... feel secure on Mount Samaria." This would be the modern equivalent of being
smug about belonging to a particular denomination or church. The
prophet takes aim especially at the religious leadership, the "notable
men... to whom the people... come!"
The next verse is a commentary on vain comparisons as a bolster
for assuming religious superiority, interpreted differently in
various translations but all versions implying that there is
nothing inherent in God's people that elevates them above
others, nor is there anything in others that should provoke envy
in God's people.
In other words, our significance and satisfaction is in
the LORD alone.
C.S. Lewis: "For the supernatural, entering a human
soul, opens to it new possibilities of both good and evil.
From that point the road branches: one way to sanctity,
love, humility, the other to spiritual pride,
self-righteousness, persecuting zeal… Of all bad men
religious bad men are the worst. Of all created beings, the
wickedest is one who originally stood in the immediate
presence of God."
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.