A Day of Darkness

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A dark day is coming to Israel. Will you prepare through your worship?

Pray:

Lord, I desire to seek You in truth. Search my heart and turn me away from any self-deceit.

Read:

Amos 5:18-27

Reflect:

What do you think makes worship of value to God?

When Jeroboam established the northern kingdom of Israel, he faced a challenge: Solomon's Temple was in Jerusalem, now the capital of a hostile power. He clearly didn't want his subjects having any continuing loyalty to Jerusalem. Jeroboam solved this problem by building shrines with new golden calves in Bethel and Dan, creating new priests, and instituting new sacrifices. God rejected all of these new practices, condemning the shrines (1 Kings 12:25--13:6).

This is the heart of verse 26: there is nothing within the people's sacrifices, worship or fellowship that will be pleasing to God (21-23). Not only is it wrongly offered in a sham temple to a sham god, their worship is offered by a culture that despises right living. The kind of worship for which God longs, devoted and moral, is absent from Israel.

Israel longs for the Day of the Lord. The Lord's response is news of what's to come: his complete rejection of their culture, Temple and nation. He, the Lord, who brought them out of Egypt and sustained them in the wilderness, will send them away from the land of promise into exile beyond Damascus (27). A dark day is coming to Israel.

Apply:

God longs for our worship to include right living and justice. Write about what this will look like in your life.

Pray:

God of truth, You are seeking a people who live that the world might know You. I long to be one of them.

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