THE SERVANT GENERAL
HOLY WARRIORS - 4
What happens to unholy warriors? They of course will be defeated
by the enemy. “The warrior shall not save his life,
nor shall the archer stand his ground; the swift of foot shall
not escape, nor shall the horseman save his life. And the
most stouthearted of warriors shall flee naked on that day”
(Am 2:14b-16). A total rout!
this particular case prophesied about by Amos, what made for
the people’s unholiness? Rather than being set apart,
they were very much like the corrupt world around them.
They oppress the poor. “Because they hand over the just
for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals; they trample
the heads of the destitute into the dust of the earth, and
force the lowly out of the way.” (Am 2:6b-7a).
are impure. “Son and father sleep with the same girl,
profaning my holy name.” (Am 2:7b).
are unjust to those in need. “Upon garments taken
in pledge they recline beside any altar.” (Am 2:8a).
This refers to creditors keeping the garments taken as pledges
from the poor instead of returning them before nightfall
as commanded by the Mosaic law.
lay waste the resources of the Lord or the Church. “Wine
at treasury expense they drink in their temples.”
stifle spirituality and even corrupt God’s servants.
“But you made the nazirites drink wine, and commanded
the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy!’” (Am
reject God’s ways. “You hate discipline; you
cast my words behind you!” (Ps 50:17).
are thieves and adulterers. “If you see a thief, you
run with him; with adulterers you throw in your lot.”
have foul mouths and are liars. “You give your mouth
free rein for evil; you yoke your tongue to deceit.”
gossip and slander. “You sit and speak against your
brother” (Ps 50:20a).
God then says, “When you do these things should I be
silent? Do you think that I am like you? I accuse you, I lay
out the matter before your eyes.” (Ps 50:21). God will
not tolerate such unholiness. God is certainly not like us.
But God wants us to be like Him, to be holy as He is holy.
we are holy warriors, then God can give us the victory. God
reminds the Israelites how He has acted in power. “Yet
it was I who destroyed the Amorites before them, who were
as tall as cedars” (Am 2:9a). God reminds them how He
has been their Redeemer, their provider, their conquering
leader. “It was I who brought you up from the land of
Egypt, and who led you through the desert for forty years,
to occupy the land of the Amorites” (Am 2:10).
about us? We have a covenant and we claim to live it. We claim
to be obedient to God. But are we? If we do the things above,
then we are unholy. We are wicked. “But to the wicked
God says: ‘Why do you recite my commandments and profess
my covenant with your mouth?’” (Ps 50:16). God
detests mere lip service. “Now understand this, you
who forget God, lest I start ripping apart and there be no
rescuer.” (Ps 50:22).
do we become holy warriors? How do we win the victory, ultimately
the salvation of our God? We must be a holy people of God.
“Those who offer praise as a sacrifice honor me; I will
let him whose way is steadfast look upon the salvation of
God.” (Ps 50:23).