Lion, A Bear and A Snake

Amos 5:18-24 NLT

  1. 18  What sorrow awaits you who say, “If only the day of the Lord were here!” You have no idea what you are wishing for. That day will bring darkness, not light.
  2. 19  In that day you will be like a man who runs from a lion— only to meet a bear. Escaping from the bear, he leans his hand against a wall in his house— and he’s bitten by a snake.
  3. 20  Yes, the day of the Lord will be dark and hopeless, without a ray of joy or hope.
  4. 21  “I hate all your show and pretense— the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies.
  5. 22  I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings.
  6. 23  Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps.
  7. 24  Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.

I. Something’s ___________ be escaped

Ecclesiastes 11:4 NCV – Those who wait for perfect weather will never plant seeds; those who look at every cloud will never harvest crops.

II. Something’s ___________ be escaped

Amos 2:6-8 NLT – 6 This is what the Lord says: “The people of Israel have sinned again and again, and I will not let them go unpunished! They sell honorable people for silver and poor people for a pair of sandals. 7 They trample helpless people in the dust and shove the oppressed out of the way. Both father and son sleep with the same woman, corrupting my holy name. 8 At their religious festivals, they lounge in clothing their debtors put up as security. In the house of their god, they drink wine bought with unjust fines.

Amos 3:9-12 NLT – 9 Announce this to the leaders of Philistia and to the great ones of Egypt: “Take your seats now on the hills around Samaria, and witness the chaos and oppression in Israel.” 10 “My people have forgotten how to do right,” says the Lord. “Their fortresses are filled with wealth

taken by theft and violence. 11 Therefore,” says the Sovereign Lord, “an enemy is coming! He will surround them and shatter their defenses. Then he will plunder all their fortresses.” 12 This

is what the Lord says: “A shepherd who tries to rescue a sheep from a lion’s mouth will recover only two legs or a piece of an ear. So it will be for the Israelites in Samaria lying on luxurious beds, and for the people of Damascus reclining on couches.

Amos 5:7, 10-13, 15, 21-24 NLT – 7 You twist justice, making it a bitter pill for the oppressed. You treat the righteous like dirt. 10 How you hate honest judges! How you despise people who tell the truth! 11 You trample the poor, stealing their grain through taxes and unfair rent. Therefore, though you build beautiful stone houses, you
will never live in them. Though you plant lush vineyards, you will never drink wine from them. 12 For I know the vast number of your sins and the depth of your rebellions. You oppress good people by taking bribes and deprive the poor
of justice in the courts. 13 So those who are smart keep their mouths shut, for it is an evil time. 15 Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even
yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people. 21 “I hate all your show and pretense— the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies. 22 I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings. 23 Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps. 24 Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.

Genesis 44:34 NLT – For how can I return to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn’t bear to see the anguish this would cause my father!”

III. Something’s ___________ been escaped

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