Day 330 – November 26, 2021
Scriptures: Amos 8-9, Acts 15
Amos 9:15 (ESV)
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.
Acts 15:11 (ESV)
11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”
Acts 15:19–21 (ESV)
19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, 20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood. 21 For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”
The judgement against Israel will eventually lead to their restoration. The vineyards will be restored. This is a symbolic reminder that God will continue his faithful relationship towards Israel.
When we read the New Testament, we are made aware that the Gospel is spreading far beyond Jerusalem, and Judea, but into surrounding regions. In Antioch, Gentiles are coming to believe in Jesus.
The struggle is now, how do these two distinctly different people live? Their guidance is that they ought to stay away from idols and sexual immorality. The instructions are a call to holiness for the new Gentile believers.
The good news is spreading for all. The glimmer of hope at the end of Amos is growing to a vineyard well beyond the walls of Jerusalem, and into the world over.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.