Amos – an overview (@paulblakey)

Amos – written eighth century BC by Amos – a layman, shepherd and dresser of fig trees! His message was directed to the northern kingdom of Israel though he himself was from the south. He highlights Israel’s sin – injustice, official corruption, greed and false worship. This is followed by a series of visions.

http://www.theworshipcloud.com/view/images/justice-and-righteousness

http://www.theworshipcloud.com/view/images/justice-and-righteousness

The message is that of God’s eternal righteousness and because God is he loves to see this of his people. Our faith needs to be evidenced by our lives.

I think Amos 5:21-24 is a very powerful statement:

“I can’t stand your religious meetings.
I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.”

(The Message version) – God calls us to justice and fairness for others. If our faith is lived around religious meetings, conferences, conventions, projects, fund-raising schemes and not seeking to be bringers of justice and fairness do we need to re-assess our faith?

Seek good and not evil—
and live!
You talk about God, the God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
being your best friend.
Well, live like it,
and maybe it will happen.
Hate evil and love good,
then work it out in the public square.

Amos 5:14-15 – challenging words to live be indeed!

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I am Paul - founder of Street Angels, CNI Network and Love Your Streets #Do1NiceThing. I am from Halifax in Yorkshire and married to Jean from Larne in Northern Ireland. I am passionate about social action, social media and making the difference...