Amos 3:1 Hear this word the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel—against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:
Amos 3:2 “You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.”
“You only have I chosen” – Lit. ‘you only have I known’, an expression of used of the intimate relationship between a husband and wife. Along with the privilege of being ‘chosen’ by the husband, the wife also has the responsibility to remain faithful.
Amos 3:3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
God and his people have covenanted to walk together. If the people loved their God they would obey his commands, 1 Jn 5:3, but instead they have rebelled.
Amos 3:4 Does a lion roar in the thicket when he has no prey? Does he growl in his den when he has caught nothing?
The prophet’s cry is no empty warning.
Amos 3:5 Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground where no snare has been set? Does a trap spring up from the earth when there is nothing to catch?
God’s warnings are not idle threats. ‘A trap does not snap shut unless it has been stepped on: your punishmnet is well deserved.’ (Living Bible)
Amos 3:6 When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
“When disaster comes…has not the Lord caused it?” – See Isa 45:7. ‘These animated interrogatives were intended to convince the people that they had cause for alarm, as their monstrous iniquities called down the vengeance of God to punish them with these calamities.’ (TSK)
‘Calamities do not happen by chance, but proceed from the secret purposes of God.’ (Calvin)
Amos 3:7 Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
The Lord does not punish without warning and giving time to repent, Rev 2:21.