Saturday, 8 February 2014

Amos 1-5

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

1:9 Because she sold whole communities of captives to Edom, disregarding a treaty of brotherhood

Taking people captive and treating them like a commodity is very bad behaviour. In our society drug dealers, porn-sellers, sex workers do the same thing. They deliberately take people captive for their own gain. They use people like commodities.

Susan said...

2:7 They trample on the heads of the poor as on the dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressed.

Taking advantage of underprivileged people is also bad behaviour so is denying people justice when they are oppressed. God's heart goes out the poor and oppressed. God's heart is against those who take advantage of the distress of others.

Susan said...

3:2 You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins

With great privilege comes great responsibility. I live in a land of great privilege therefore I have the responsibility to be a good steward of the resource that God has given me.

Susan said...

4:1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and say to your husbands, “Bring us some drinks!”

Amos was not into being politically correct! He had no problem calling these women, "cows". He did so because they were mistreating the poor and needy so they could live in luxury.

Susan said...

5:21 I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.

Interesting that our festivals and assemblies are not necessarily a blessing to God. Our heart attitude is more important than the agenda.