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God is Not Fooled
Printed Text – Amos 5:14-15, 18-27
Devotional reading – Psalm 14 KJV
Keep in Mind Verse: But let judgement run down as water and Righteousness as a Mighty Stream.
The Prophet AMOS was a spokesman for God to the Northern Kingdom called Israel. In those days Israel was living in a state of the worst kinds of sin in my opinion. Idol worship was openly practiced among the very people God had delivered with a mighty hand from Egyptian bondage. There were social injustices against the most vulnerable in society (See Amos 2:6) and political corruption was (through the roof) huge. The Bible says every kings of Israel did evil in the eyesight of God, so the Nation of Israel, during the ministry of Amos, was plaque with Idol worship and ungodly rulers who took pleasure in profiting themselves at the expense of people they were supposed to help. Leadership was completely corrupt and that corruption spilled over into the society at large.
As in any society, the most vulnerable suffered the greatest from the problems. The Creator of the universe was not pleased with Israel sinfulness and He would ultimately render judgement on His people for their unfaithfulness to him. The Nation of Israel would be taken into captivity and eventually exiled by Assyria. The Nation of Israel later became known as the Ten Lost Tribes of Isreal.
God called AMOS to tell His people living in the Northern Kingdom the following…
God says, He is not fooled by your empty and pretentious worship.
God says, if you want to live you will have to “hate evil and love good”.
God says, I desire justice, Not empty Rituals (21-24)
God say, “But Let judgement run down as waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
Ultimately, the Nation of Israel fell to the Assyrians and was taken into captivity. In the end the 10 tribes of Israel would be dispersed being dispersed.
Applications in Life
Identify several problems “Evils” you see in society. List them on a sheet of paper. Brainstorm a plan to solve the problem. List a possible solution next to the problem. Finally, implement your plan to solve the problem.
Sylvia Black Collins