Among six key themes (from ESV Global Study Bible) of the book of Amos, two stands out for me.
1. Justice and righteousness in the treatment of other people are the key evidences of a right relationship to the Lord. 2. Religious observances in the absence of social justice are disgusting to God.¹
I find these two key themes present in the verses that follow. God says;
I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen (Amos 5:21-23).
Today, many profess faith but their profession contradicts their conduct. Should that be the case? Where profession of faith and conduct contradicts, there is a justification to question what one professes. Could it be possible that God has rejected many gatherings supposed…
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to
an end they are new every morning; great is your
faithfulness.(Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV ). Lamentations, as the
name suggests ---weeping, dirge---is a book written to mourn the
destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Popularly ascribed to the
prophet Jeremiah who is also described as the weeping prophet, Lamentations 3, where we find vs 22-23, paints a very sad and hopeless picture .
" I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. He
hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light. Surely
against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day. My
flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.He hath
builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail. He hath set
me in dark places, as they that be dead of old. He hath hedged me about,
that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.Also when I cry and
shout, he shutt…