What the rich and poor have in common (Amos 6; Luke 1:39-80)

“For behold the Lord commands, and the great house shall be struck down into fragments, and the little house into bits.” Amos 6:11

It has often been the case in my experience of life that mostly the rich and the poor think they have nothing in common.  And what is worse is that they both dislike each other.  I have seen this played out in the world here in America and around the world.  Sadly, I have even seen it played out in churches around the world.

But consider this:  “There are at least two things the rich and poor have in common.”

Think it through:

1.  They are both sinners, Amos 6:1-8

The prophet Amos is giving forth a strong prophecy against both the northern and southern tribes of Israel.  We see the rich living in luxury without any thought to those in need.  They were living as if everything existed for their own benefit.

At the same time the poor were living (Yes, with much less) as if what little they had was for their own benefit.

Both groups were living lives filled with sin.

2.  They are both under the wrath of God, Amos 6:9-14

Here is what God said, “I abhor the pride of Jacob…”  The Lord would send a nation from afar that would place both rich and poor under the same judgment.

These are the two things that both the rich and poor have in common!!!

At this point I find myself crying out to God the following, “What hope is there for such people?”   God’s answer, “His mercy is on those who fear him,” Luke 1:50.

If either the rich man or the poor man will come to God in humility confessing his sinfulness and his need of a Savior, then God will give abundant mercy!!!  Sadly, Israel chose not to repent!!!

Our response:

Question:  “Are you rich or poor?”  Answer, “It really does not matter.”  Both groups need the Lord!!!

It is my pray that you would be poor unto yourself (Matthew 5:4) and rich unto God (Matthew 5:6)

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