Amos 5:4-10

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    This is one of my favorite verses. I generally like the Old Testament prophets because I think they reveal the strong sense of God's love of justice. What do you think Amos was talking about here? What was going on in Israel at that time that relates to these verses? How do they relate to us today?

    Here are the verses:

    4 This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel:

    "Seek me and live;
    5 do not seek Bethel,
    do not go to Gilgal,
    do not journey to Beersheba.
    For Gilgal will surely go into exile,
    and Bethel will be reduced to nothing. [1] "
    6 Seek the LORD and live,
    or he will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire;
    it will devour,
    and Bethel will have no one to quench it.

    7 You who turn justice into bitterness
    and cast righteousness to the ground
    8 (he who made the Pleiades and Orion,
    who turns blackness into dawn
    and darkens day into night,
    who calls for the waters of the sea
    and pours them out over the face of the land-
    the LORD is his name-
    9 he flashes destruction on the stronghold
    and brings the fortified city to ruin),
    10 you hate the one who reproves in court
    and despise him who tells the truth.
     
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    Verses 14 and 15 are pretty good too and maybe shed somemore light on these questions:

    14 Seek good, not evil,
    that you may live.
    Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you,
    just as you say he is.
    15 Hate evil, love good;
    maintain justice in the courts.
    Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy
    on the remnant of Joseph.
     
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    And then there is probably the most famous of Amos's verses, verses 18-24:

    The Day of the LORD
    18 Woe to you who long
    for the day of the LORD !
    Why do you long for the day of the LORD ?
    That day will be darkness, not light.
    19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion
    only to meet a bear,
    as though he entered his house
    and rested his hand on the wall
    only to have a snake bite him.
    20 Will not the day of the LORD be darkness, not light-
    pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?

    21 "I hate, I despise your religious feasts;
    I cannot stand your assemblies.
    22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
    I will not accept them.
    Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, [2]
    I will have no regard for them.
    23 Away with the noise of your songs!
    I will not listen to the music of your harps.
    24 But let justice roll on like a river,
    righteousness like a never-failing stream!
     
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    Micah seems to echo the same sentiment in Micah 6:6-12:

    6 With what shall I come before the LORD
    and bow down before the exalted God?
    Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old?
    7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
    with ten thousand rivers of oil?
    Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
    8 He has showed you, O man, 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.

    Israel's Guilt and Punishment
    9 Listen! The LORD is calling to the city-
    and to fear your name is wisdom-
    "Heed the rod and the One who appointed it. [1]
    10 Am I still to forget, O wicked house,
    your ill-gotten treasures
    and the short ephah, [2] which is accursed?
    11 Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales,
    with a bag of false weights?
    12 Her rich men are violent;
    her people are liars
    and their tongues speak deceitfully.
     
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    Do the preceeding verses speak to anyone here? And what do you think God is trying to say to us today through his word?
     
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    How about this:

    The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

    Isaiah 29:13
     
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    Or maybe this has special meaning for some of us:

    1Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5for each one should carry his own load.
    6Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.
    7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[1] will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

    Galatian 6:1-10
     
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    Is it important to God that authority make fair and just decisions?
     

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