The Sunday morning lesson from March 8, 2020
The Book of Amos (Amos 5:18-25)Phillip Stuckey, March 8, 2020
Part of the Overviews of The Minor Prophets series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Religious ritualism and hypocrisy have often been a problem with God’s people (Matt. 23:1-3). It can be easy to become so focused on something that one neglects the “weightier matters” of God’s law (Matt. 23:23). The book of Amos reaches out across the years and calls us back to a true relationship with God and others.
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Amos 5:18–25 (Listen)
18 Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD!
Why would you have the day of the LORD?
It is darkness, and not light,
19 as if a man fled from a lion,
and a bear met him,
or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall,
and a serpent bit him.
20 Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light,
and gloom with no brightness in it?
21 “I hate, I despise your feasts,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
22 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.
23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;
to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
24 But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
25 “Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?