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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Most Known Uknown: Amos

Most people are more familiar with Famous Amos Cookies than the Amos of the biblical text.  Amos was prophet who prophesied around 760 BC. What I like about Amos was he was concern with the socio-economic oppression prevalent in his day.  Amos was concern about injustice I imagine he would be all over the Trayvon Martin situation and the countless others like it that happen every day.   Amos asked the infamous question, " How can two walk together unless they be agreed?"  That's an interesting question we all would like to think that we are walking with the Lord. In fact one of the infamous songs of the old church is called, "Walk With Me Lord," but how many of our lives are pleasing to God. Remember how can to walk together unless they be agreed?

Amos teaches us an important lesson about worship as well.  Amos 5 deals with true worship you see the people had become mundane and ritualistic in their worship. However Yahweh issues a strong warning via Amos in chapter 5 of the book of Amos letting the people know Yahweh does not delight in vain sacrifices.  How many of our lives are like that:

  • Not going to church because we delight to worship God but because we know we ought to go.
  • Not reading our bible because we delight in growing in grace, knowledge and truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ but because we because we think we ought to.
Amos reveals that God is concern with the reason why we do what we do more so than the act itself.  God wants our affection more than he wants some ritual act.  This is your boy Amos and you have just been served.

Scripture Reference:  Book of Amos

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis

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