Seek Ye Me, And Live

For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:  But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.  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.

Amos 5:4-6

I would like to point out one phrase that occurs twice in these verses: “Seek ye me, and ye shall live” and “Seek the LORD, and ye shall live.”  “Ye shall live” is an important phrase.  Everyone wants life.  But not everyone knows how to get it.  There is but one way to find life and to obtain that promise “ye shall live:”  Jesus Christ.  He is the One that we need to seek.

John 14:6 says “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  John 1:4 says “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”  He is Life.  In Him we have life.  John 20:31 tells us “But these things are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

There is Life in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Men are seeking for that life, and we not only have it, but know how to get it.  We should be, as John the Baptist, saying to the world “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29b)  Jesus is still calling, as in Amos, for people everywhere to “seek ye me, and live!”

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    Very interesting post!

    “Everyone wants life. But not everyone knows how to get it. ”
    “Men are seeking for that life, and we not only have it, but know how to get it.”
    We do, don’t we? How are we with passing on the truth of what we know?

    As I read your notes, I started to see a somewhat opposite pov … Can “seek me and live” also be read as “seek me not … and die!” ?

    Chewing and musing…

    Blessings much,
    ann

    Reply

    • That would be true, I would say. Scary and sobering, but true. Putting it in that light makes our job to get the message out all the more important, doesn’t it? I will have to think on that today…

      Reply

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