EICC Fellow Jonathan Burnside explains the blessings of following God's law that accrue to a nation.
The Certainty of Judgment
Amos spoke against Israel's sin at a time of religious decline, emphasizing the universality of God's reign over the nations. He warns of the absolute certainty of God's judgment.
Appeals and Apologetics
The concept of covenant is basic to all of the Bible. God sovereignly establishes a special relationship with His people, promising them benefits and requiring obedience. If a covenant is to be meaningful, there must be a penalty for breaking it. The gospel of Jesus is something we are to obey, not merely something we receive or believe. The blessings and judgments of God are real, and still apply to us today.
Prepare to Meet Your God
Natural man hates God's warning of judgment because it threatens our moral autonomy. But our God is in control of all of history and He is near.
At Ease in Zion
The cross highlights the moral necessity of God's wrath against sin and His sacrifice to show sinners His mercy.