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In Amos 4 God says to Israel:

“I left you with no bread, anywhere.  So scarce was the bread that your teeth were without need of cleaning.”

“I did this hoping you would forsake a life lived apart from me.  I was hoping you would come to me.  But you didn’t.”

“I stopped the rain from falling when you needed it, and where you needed it. In your exhaustion, you looked for it everywhere.”

“I did this hoping you would see the severity of life lived apart from me.  I was hoping you would come to me.  But you didn’t.”

“I destroyed your food.”

“I did this hoping you would see the severity of life lived apart from me.  I was hoping you would come to me.  But you didn’t.”

“I destroyed some of you.”

“I did this hoping you would see the severity of life lived apart from me.  I was hoping you would come to me.  But you didn’t.”

You see, God has always sent signs to mankind.  These signs indicate danger.  We as a world recognize the need for such signs.  We put them on almost everything we produce.  And in Amos, as throughout the Bible, God wants us to see the severity of the danger in which we find ourselves.

Ultimately Hell is our greatest danger.  Yet its not physical fames that should haunt us.

No.  Hell is rejecting God.  The worst thing a person can say (the worst!) is that I don’t need God.  So the Bible teaches us to fear Him, not flames, mankind, nor imps and demons. (Isa 8, Mt 10:28).

To fear God is to know Him, and to know you need Him.  To fear God is to see clearly and to know who you are as you observe Him.

And God wants Israel to know the danger of living apart from Him. More specifically, he wants them to know the severity of the danger.

“It is too severe,” says man, “for God to take my bread from me.”  God agrees.  That’s half the point.

“It is equally too severe,” says God, “for you to keep yourself from me!”

Life without bread? Death.   Life without God. Death.

Death is serious, because God is serious about life.

Now consider…

Jesus Christ….crucified….for your sins.

Son of God….abandoned by man and His Father….for your life apart from God.

Do you hear God?

No really.  Do you hear Him?

“I did this hoping you would see the severity of life lived apart from me.  I was hoping you would come to me.  But you refuse to believe me.”

“An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign,
but no sign will be given to it
except the sign of Jonah.”
Mt 16:4 (ESV)