Just Like All the Others
Holy God, You are set apart and You call a people set apart. May we never see the grace of God as license to sin.
Do you see indifference to sin in the church? In yourself?
Perhaps those hearing Amos's prophecy had been nodding in agreement as the Lord condemned their neighbors. Now they're expecting a word of comfort and praise for God's own people. Not a bit of it.
Judah is briefly condemned (2:4,5), but Israel's charge sheet is long and detailed. Human life in Israel is cheap; the God-fearing and the needy are sold for next to nothing (6). The oppressed and the poor are treated with indifferent contempt (7a). The Law decreed that a girl should be married if a man had sex with her (Exod. 22:16), but here, hideously, she is used by both father and son without redress (7b). Those charged with overseeing worship sleep on garments the Law said should be returned overnight (Exod. 22:26,27), perhaps taking advantage of girls serving at the Temple (8a). All these crimes, the Lord says, "profane my holy name" (7b).
Amos reports the Lord's blunt reminder (9-16): "I dealt with the Amorites because they sinned like this. I've called you back to me through prophets and Nazirites, but you've silenced and corrupted them. You've behaved like the Amorites: now I will deal with you as I dealt with them."
Is there a way in which you encourage others to compromise or seek to silence truth-tellers?
Lord of all, open our eyes that we might live in light of eternity and honor You with lives that are worthy of You.
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