Amos 5:6 - Seek God And Live!
Amos 5:6; Seek God And Live!
CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word
Amos 5:6 (KJV) Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break
out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be
none to quench it in Bethel.
Fire: Amos uses the word "fire" as a symbol of God's consuming
judgment nine times in this book. [Jamieson, Fausset, And Brown
House of Joseph: The northern kingdom of Israel, dominated by
the tribe of Ephraim, descendants of Joseph. [NIV SB]
Bethel: The main religious center of the northern kingdom. [NIV
CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:
Israel's sins required punishment (3:1-15). Amos cried out
against the pampered wives of the wealthy (4:1-3), corrupt worship (vv.
4-5), and indifference to God (vv. 6-13). The nation had to seek the
LORD and do justice (5:1-15), or face the dark "Day of the LORD" (vv.
18-20). God hated Israel's corrupt religion (vv. 21-27), and would judge
her for her complacency and pride (6:1-14). [The 365-Day Devotional
A lament and call to repentance (5:1-17)
A Threefold Call to Turn Away From Sin (5:4-17)
No salvation without repentance (5:4-7)
Seek the Lord and Live (5:1-17)
CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.
Jeremiah 4:4 (KJV) Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take
away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of
Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench
it, because of the evil of your doings.
Ezekiel 33:11 (KJV) Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord
God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the
wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil
ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
Amos 5:4 (KJV) For thus saith the Lord unto the house of
Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:
Mark 9:43-48 (KJV) And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it
is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands
to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  And if
thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter
halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the
fire that never shall be quenched:  Where their worm dieth not,
and the fire is not quenched.  And if thine eye offend thee,
pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God
with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Jer 29:13 (KJV) And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye
shall search for me with all your heart.
Mat 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
1 John 5:11, 12 (KJV) And this is the record, that God hath
given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath
the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?
We are to seek God, and live (vv. 4-6). Note that the text
emphasizes seek "Me." It's not religion that produces a just society, but
personal relationship with the living God. [The 365-Day Devotional
Salvation comes when we personally seek to meet the living God,
not when we regularly and routinely carry out meaningless acts of
worship. God, the Savior, issues a personal call to life in Him.
To seek the Lord and live is to seek Him with all your heart and
soul (cf. Deut. 4:29). [Believer's SB]
Amos called the people to repentance with the words "seek God
and live" (5:4, 6, 14). Note: repentance is one of the first steps
to union with Christ after belief. [New Bible Companion]
There is one sure remedy for a world that is sick and dying in
sin--"seek the LORD and live." Sin seeks to destroy, but hope is found in
seeking God. In times of difficulty, seek God. In personal discomfort
and struggle, seek God. When others are struggling, encourage them
to seek God too. [Life Application SB]
There are many whose hearts are aching under a load of care
because they seek to reach the world's standard. They have chosen its
service, accepted its perplexities, adopted its customs. Thus their
character is marred, and their life made a weariness. In order to gratify
ambition and worldly desires, they wound the conscience, and bring upon
themselves an additional burden of remorse. The continual worry is wearing
out the life forces. Our Lord desires them to lay aside this yoke of
bondage. He invites them to accept His yoke; He says, "My yoke is easy,
and My burden is light." He bids them seek first the kingdom of God
and His righteousness, and His promise is, that all things needful
to them for this life shall be added. Worry is blind, and cannot
discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. In every
difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. Our Heavenly Father has
a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know nothing.
Those who accept the one principle of making the service and honor of
God supreme, will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before
their feet. DA330
A union with Christ by living faith is enduring; every other
union must perish. Christ first chose us, paying an infinite price for
our redemption; and the true believer chooses Christ as first and
last and best in everything. But this union costs us something. It is
a union of utter dependence, to be entered into by a proud being.
All who form this union must feel their need of the atoning blood of
Christ. They must have a change of heart. They must submit their own
will to the will of God. There will be a struggle with outward and
internal obstacles. There must be a painful work of detachment as well as
a work of attachment. Pride, selfishness, vanity, worldliness--sin
in all its forms--must be overcome if we would enter into a union
with Christ. The reason why many find the Christian life so
deplorably hard, why they are so fickle, so variable, is that they try to
attach themselves to Christ without first detaching themselves from
these cherished idols. After the union with Christ has been formed,
it can be preserved only by earnest prayer and untiring effort. We
must resist, we must deny, we must conquer self. Through the grace of
Christ, by courage, by faith, by watchfulness, we may gain the victory.
There are certain parts of your background and makeup over which
you had no control. God never consulted you before he selected your
parents, color of hair, height, nationality, or shoe size. These were
determined by him before you were ever conceived (Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah
1:5). Hearing that, you may be tempted to conclude life is a
fatalistic journey over which you have no control.
Not so! The Bible makes it clear there are important choices
that you and you alone must make: the decision to believe in Jesus
Christ for eternal life (John 3:16-18), the decision to live a life
distinct from the world (2 Corinthians 6:17), the decision to "Be good,
flee evil" (Amos 5:14). Your destiny is determined by choice, not
And as with any decision, it is impossible not to decide, for to
postpone the decision indefinitely is to decide already. Take the three
decisions mentioned in the previous paragraph and decide on your response
to each: will you ... or won't you? Choose carefully, for your very
life and happiness are at stake! [Daily Walk Bible]