Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Amos (Bible in 90 Days)

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Amos is proof, once again, that God can use any one to speak his message. Amos was not a priest or well-known prophet, he was a Shepard and tended the land in the Judea countryside.

However, when Amos saw a vision from God and the conviction to spread the message, he left everything he knew and fulfilled his purpose in God.

Amos traveled through all of Israel proclaiming God’s judgment for the people’s complacency, idolatry and oppression of the poor. His message impacted many and is still extremely relevant today.

While Amos preached people cheered when neighboring cities were denounced, but every city had their own judgment proclaimed on them and were less enthused. A priest named Amaziah, even tried to stop the preaching, but Amos bravely continued retelling God’s vision. 

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The judgment of the nation was fierce, but God wants us to know that all hope is not lost. Amos ends his message with hope and the promise that God will one day restore his people and they will be great again.

God doesn't want the show or the mindless ritual while his people still have sinful hearts—he wants to be close to his people and love them on a personal level.

“I hate all our show and pretense—the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies. I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings. Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to music of your harps. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.” Amos 5:21-24

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