Amos 6:7–14 (NKJV)
7 Therefore they shall now go captive as the first of the captives,
And those who recline at banquets shall be removed.
8 The Lord God has sworn by Himself,
The Lord God of hosts says:
“I abhor the pride of Jacob,
And hate his palaces;
Therefore I will deliver up the city
And all that is in it.”
9 Then it shall come to pass, that if ten men remain in one house, they shall die. 10 And when a relative of the dead, with one who will burn the bodies, picks up the bodies to take them out of the house, he will say to one inside the house, “Are there any more with you?”
Then someone will say, “None.”
And he will say, “Hold your tongue! For we dare not mention the name of the Lord.”
11 For behold, the Lord gives a command:
He will break the great house into bits,
And the little house into pieces.
12 Do horses run on rocks?
Does one plow there with oxen?
Yet you have turned justice into gall,
And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood,
13 You who rejoice over Lo Debar,
Who say, “Have we not taken Karnaim for ourselves
By our own strength?”
14 “But, behold, I will raise up a nation against you,
O house of Israel,”
Says the Lord God of hosts;
“And they will afflict you from the entrance of Hamath
To the Valley of the Arabah.”
This powerful statement of Israel’s demise is a result of the sinfulness described in the early part of the chapter. Israel’s decadence, occultism, and laziness will bring the judgement upon them. The death of ten men in a house refers to the carnage that will come, decimating the nations population. The houses being smashed into bits describes the devastation of war as a result of sin. The Lord then describes Israel and Judah as trying to plow in rock formations or ride horses on rocks. They turned the goodness of God’s character into bitterness and oppression in their own actions. Therefore, the Lord will raise up a nation to afflict them for their sin.
Grace is a marvelous result of the work of Christ on the cross. However, the grace of God will not prevent us from walking into danger when we willfully sin in disobedience. Listen when the Spirit speaks. Heed the instructions and warnings of God concerning sin. The grace of God will keep us when our will is submitted to His. Listen and learn from Him. Avoid the coming trouble by heeding His Holy Voice!