Comments on Verses from Prophets

Amos 3:4 “Does a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from his den, if he has taken nothing?”

Here is the second of a series of questions designed to prove a point. God is not speaking against Israel for no reason. What God plans to do is not without cause and when the people answer these questions they will understand that there is always a cause and effect for actions taken. These questions are designed to have obvious answers. Lions are silent before the kill. They do their roaring to celebrate the kill. Even the young ones know the routine. If you hear a lion roar in the jungle then you know something has been killed and the lion will feast and then be still. Hence the song’s words, “The lion sleeps tonight.”

What can we take from this question? We can be sure that the Lord will not roar for nothing. What God is telling His people is a sure thing. God roars because He has taken His prey. When God speaks of doing a thing He often speaks as though it is already done. To God, promising to do a thing and doing it are the same thing. The Israelites better take heed because what God has said He will do He will do. If you read on in the chapter you will see the chilling truth. The lion has roared, the prophet says; God has spoken.

Task for Today: Beware the roaring lion whether it is Satan or God. One roars to ensnare in disobedience, the other roars having brought judgment to the disobedient. Avoid roaring lions. Flee Satan and avoid the wrath of God. Do that by being obedient to God and the Lamb. For the saved the Lion and the Lamb are one.

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