Like Jesus, we must be willing to tell people that there is a cost to following the Savior. We do not help the non-believer if we teach or imply that Jesus can be folded into the fabric of our lives without the world hating us (Matt. 24:9).
—  R.C. Sproul
The cross was at once the most horrible and most beautiful example of God’s wrath. It was the most just and the most gracious act in history. God would have been more than unjust, He would have been diabolical to punish Jesus if Jesus had not first willingly taken on Himself the sins of the world. Once Christ had done that, once He volunteered to be the Lamb of God, laden with our sin, then He became the most grotesque and vile thing on this planet. With the concentrated load of sin He carried, He became utterly repugnant to the Father. God poured out His wrath on this obscene thing. God made Christ accursed for the sin He bore. Herein was God’s holy justice perfectly manifest. Yet it was done for us. He took what justice demanded from us. This ‘for us’ aspect of the Cross is what displays the majesty of its grace. At the same time justice and grace, wrath and mercy. It is too astonishing to fathom.
—  R. C. Sproul, The Holiness of God
As exhausting as this research is for my exegesis paper, I must say...

It’s exciting!

I will write more of my findings as I proceed to write my paper throughout the semester. The social injustice that was going on in Amos’ day was just incredible. Researching the background of this book has me wanting to just dig deep into it. 

But, alas, I would die. haha! Not really. But this process is physically and mentally exhausting. Yet it’s great at the same time!

Through this, I can truly see how this quote by Sproul rings true for us:

Here, then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.
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R C Sproul interviews D A Carson on the questions of exegesis