From Judgment to True Hope

Amos 9:11-15

11 “In that day I will raise up

the booth of David that is fallen

and repair its breaches,

and raise up its ruins

and rebuild it as in the days of old,

12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom

and all the nations who are called by my name,”

declares the Lord who does this.

13 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,

“when the plowman shall overtake the reaper

and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed;

the mountains shall drip sweet wine,

and all the hills shall flow with it.

14 I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel,

and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them;

they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine,

and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit.

15 I will plant them on their land,

and they shall never again be uprooted

out of the land that I have given them,”

says the Lord your God.

We deserve judgment. God brings hope. This is so often the message of God to his wayward people in the books of the prophets. And it is certainly the message of Amos.

Almost all of this book has been the pronouncement of judgment from God on the northern kingdom of Israel before their fall. Around 750 BC, Israel was living large. They were wealthy and felt safe. God chose to tell the nation that judgment was coming. And the judgment to come would be devastating.

What we know from history is that the northern kingdom fell to Assyria around 722 BC. The people were led away. They were scattered. They never returned to their land. And if all we had was Amos 1:1 through 9:10, we might feel utterly hopeless for this people.

But look at the ending of the book above. God will do something that nobody expects. God will restore, refresh, rebuild. God will bring life where death was the rule of the day. The power of this section works best when you have read through nearly nine chapters of judgment, well-earned, well-deserved judgment.

What does God promise? He will restore the fallen booth of David. Once again, though the united kingdom under Davidic rule has not been seen since 930 BC, God will sit a Davidic king on the throne. Does this mean that God is going to build an Israel that looks like the Israel over which Solomon reigned? NO, what God will do will be greater. In verse 12, the Lord gives us the restoration result, “that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name.” The restored booth of David will be greater than any Davidic kingdom, because the promised Davidic king will possess “all the nations.” This is the kingdom of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of David.

And what has God promised will come in this kingdom? Verses 13-15 show us a curse-less world. Crops will grow. Wine will be plentiful. Dwellings will be rebuilt. Safety, peace, genuine prosperity, the reign of the King, and an unshakable reward are all coming. God’s people had earned total judgment. God promised hope. And the hope God promised, the kingdom he brings and the Savior who reigns, these are greater than any hope Israel had ever imagined.

Today, the promised King has come. He is now seated on the throne of the universe. He has all authority over all nations. And we live in the light of his rule and in the true hope that his promises will come to pass. Find hope, Christian. Share the good news. Believe the promise of the kingdom of Christ that spans all the nations. Seek to glorify God by being a part of his kingdom now. Long for the return of the Savior that will bring all of this to perfect fulfillment.