The restorer is a person who repairs or renovates a building, a work of art, so as to return it to its original condition. It can also be said a restorer is a person who brings back or re-establishes a previous right, practice or situation. My favorite definition of a restorer is someone that returns a person or thing to a former condition.
It is interesting to note that a commentator referred to the book of Amos in the Book of Wisdom, the King being referred to as Amos was the great Restorer,, so as my investigative personality would have it, I sent out to read this timeless and continual Book of relevance.
In watching the brilliant performance of presenting the truth in the form of a standing ovation of exquisite art, the stage for all audiences in a thereat that does not exist anymore. Due to the non- restorers of life, in fact the destroyers of life, I found some disturbing and what appears to be severe contradictions to the mistruth of our mainstream media. (Time to revive with Kyle Lance Martin).
The theme of Amos is the concern and heavy emphasis on social justice. In the opening of Amos it states, “When injustice is rampant, expect God’s judgement, no one is immune. In fact, the more God has given, the more that God expects in response.’” It has also been said in the Great Book of Wisdom in (Luke 12:48) “To whom much is given, much will be required”. If you’ve heard this text of wisdom, we know this means we’re held responsible for what we have. If we have been blessed with knowledge, talents, time, wealth, and the like, it’s expected that we would benefit others with these blessings.
It is interesting to note that the spiritual condition concerning social justice was not well received to a very hostile audience in Amos. Those without power or influence could not depend on justice due to them according to God’s law. Instead, justice was denied them and as a result, their lives were turned to poverty, oppression, and insecurity.
To me this sounds not like social justice, but the ever present injustice of socialism.
A further fascinating precept in (Amos 3:7) declares, “Surely the Lord God does nothing without revealing His secret plan of the judgment to come”. Could this mean that there are precepts and guidance for safe guards and peaceful living that exist in this Ancient Book of Wisdom? Could it be that the few with power and pride refuse to walk uprightly and take care of the widow, the orphan, and the fatherless?
Micah 6:8 declares, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”. How does this correlate with those in power who ignore the precepts of the people who are in need of justice. Social justice is not replacing truth with lies or destroying safety of the city walls and streets.
How I have fallen so far from my limited human reasoning, for what seemed logical and practical to me without seeking wise counsel, this has caused unbearable pain and consequences. Proverbs 14:12 explains this perfectly and soundly. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end is the way of death”. Amos 5:6 gives this precept, “Seek the Lord, and search diligently for Him and long for Him as your most essential need so that you may live”.
I’m not a political giant. I do not want to be, for the opinions of man have nothing to do with truth. However, I am a truth seeker due to the devastation of going my own way, listening to the wrong voices and not seeking truth as if my life depends on it and it does.
To some, my reasoning of the chaos within our nation and the world, once again the Word explains this.
Amos 5;10 “They hate the one who reprimands the unrighteousness in the court held at the city gate regarding him as unreasonable, rejecting his reprimand and they detest him who speaks the truth with integrity and honesty”. Let's end this with this one little nugget.
Amos 5:7 “It is an evil time when people will not listen to truth and will disregard those of good character”.
I hunger for hearing the words of the Lord! As the continual precepts provide through all of eternity, God warns us because He loves us and wants us to choose life and not death, Amos ends with this thought. I will raise up and restore your ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old that they may possess the remnant and all the nations are called by my name and they will rebuild the deserted and ruined cities and inhabit them (I’m paraphrasing).
History repeats itself as violently as if it had never happened before. Or, as George Santayana is credited for with the phrase: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Karynn Dawn Pensanti (Precepts) www.karynnpensanti.com