See God and Live
Speaking to Israel in Amos 5
, The Word of the Lord came through Amos telling Israel to seek the Lord and Live.
God said "Seek me and live," telling Israel not to seek other cities for their gain. Those other cities would come to nothing, but God is everything.
He spoke through Amos to Seek Him and live, otherwise he would break out like fire in the house of Joseph, so great a fire that none would quench it. God said they had turned justice to wormwood (or bitter fruit in some translations), casting the righteousness down into the ground.
God reminded them that He made the great stars in the heavens and turns deep darkness into the morning. He darkened the day into night. He calls the waters of the sea and pours them on the surface of the earth. The Lord is his name.
God said that he makes destruction flash quickly against the strong so that destruction comes to their fortress. The unrighteous hate the ones that speak the Truth and reprimand those that do not.
God warned them that because they trample on the poor and tax the grain from them, they have built houses that they would not dwell in. Because of this, they would not drink the wine from their vineyards. God said that he knew their many transgressions, and how great their sins were. They afflict the righteous, take bribes, and turn the needy aside from their gates. God said it was good for them to keep silent in such an awful time, because it was an evil time.
God instructed them to seek good and not evil so that they could live. If they sought after good, the Lord, the God of hosts, would be with them. He said to hate evil and love good. Establish justice within their gates, and it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Are we seeking God? Are we looking at other things in this world, or are we seeking Him? If Amos were speaking to us today, would he say that God would break out like a fire in the house of Joseph? Are we helping the poor and needy in our communities, or just the ones that attend our small group? Are our pastors tithing the poor unto worse poverty or helping them with their needs? Are we seeking God so that we might Live?
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