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20 March 2013

Sermon: Sixth Wednesday of Lent

Wednesday 20 March AD 2013

Title: Lion Unleashed (MP3 Audio)

Amos Summary: Amaziah, Jeroboam, and the rest of Israel tired of hearing Amos’s indictments. They wanted him to go off to Judah and earn his living prophesying there. Little did they know that Amos wasn’t in it for the money. The Word of the Lord filled him and the only relief was its release. His was the voice but the message was the roar of God’s wrath.

Perhaps the precursors of some of the characters in C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, the Israelites wanted a “tame” lion, one who would do their bidding, defend their nation, and otherwise leave them alone. They wanted nothing to do with the One who would be their everlasting King.

Rejecting the call for repentance, Israel brought judgment upon itself. We must be mindful that the God who spoke through Amos is our God also. He still hates sin and promises doom to those who reject His Son. Yet this Son, the Lion of Judah, is also the Lamb of God slain for us. His roaring threats are intended not to drive us away but to drive us to our knees that we might be ready to hear Him say, “Your sins are forgiven. You are at peace with God.”

Roaring Lion Text: Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said, ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.’”

And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there, but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”

Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ Now therefore hear the word of the Lord.

“You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.’

“Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be divided up with a measuring line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.’” Amos 7:10-17

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear MP3 of Lion Unleashed, preached to the saints of God at Faith Lutheran Church, Knob Noster, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 43; John 18:12-24

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