The Day of the Lord

Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! Why would you have the day of the LORD? It is darkness, and not light, as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall, and a serpent bit him. Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?
Amos 5:18–20
The Day of the Lord

The day of the LORD in these verses refers to the day in which God will allow Israel’s enemies to attack and destroy the northern tribes and then take them into exile. At that time there will be darkness and not light. There will be disaster, not salvation, for Israel. Things are going to go from bad to worse for those who turn from the Lord. At this point, Israel’s condemnation is now inevitable. For added emphasis, the phrases “day of the LORD” and “darkness” are repeated so as to leave no doubt about Israel’s sad outcome. And in our sin we are Israel. When we turn from God towards the darkness the “day of the Lord” eventually comes to us as well. Yet, in His love, God sent His Son to take His wrath. The “day of the Lord” came to Christ Jesus on a lonely hill in Palestine as darkness cover the whole land. But that darkness was shattered three days later as Christ’s tomb was left empty and sin, death, and the devil were defeated. So we thank God for His abundant mercy in sending His Son to die for us. We rejoice that our Savior lives, and in Him we have light and life.
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