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.

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...