A word and prayer from Calvin for these times. Amos 3:6

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Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid?
Shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

Amos 3:6​


The Holy Bible: King James Version. Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009. Print.


Exposition
By these words the Prophet reminds us, that calamities happen not by chance, as the vulgar of mankind believe; for the words, “Prosperous or adverse fortune,” are, we know, in the mouths of all, as though God was idle in heaven, and took no care of human affairs. Hence, whatever happens, the world usually ascribes it to fortune. But the Prophet here shows that the government of this world is administered by God, and that nothing happens except through His power. He does not, indeed, treat here of sin: but the Prophet, according to the usual practice, calls whatever is adverse to us, רעה, roe, evil.

Calvin, John, and John Owen. Commentaries on the Twelve Minor Prophets. Vol. 2. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.


Closing Prayer
Grant, Almighty God, that as thou art pleased daily to exhort us to repentance, and dost not suddenly execute thy judgment by which we might be in an instant overwhelmed, but givest us time to seek reconciliation,—O grant, that we may now attend to thy teaching, and all thy admonitions and threatenings, and become teachable and obedient to thee, lest thou be constrained, on finding us hardened against thy threatenings, and wholly irreclaimable, to bring on us extreme vengeance: make us then so to submit ourselves to thee in the spirit of teachableness and obedience, that being placed under the protection of thy Son, we may truly call on thee as our Father, and find thee to be so in reality, when thou shalt show to us that paternal love, which thou hast promised, and which we have all experienced from the beginning, who have truly and from the heart called on thy name, through the same, even Christ our Lord. Amen.

Calvin, John, and John Owen. Commentaries on the Twelve Minor Prophets. Vol. 2. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.
 

Ed Walsh

Puritan Board Senior
A good friend of mine preached the sermon on Amos 3:6 a few days after 9/11. It was powerful and I remember it well 20 years later.

The thing that really got my attention about this present "judgment" is the fact that babies rarely get it. And if they do at all it is mild and it never kills them.

Intriguing.
 
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