To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
July/August 2016 Issue – Seek Me and Live, ‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24
The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):
Amos 1:1 (NIVUK): ”The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa – the vision he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel.”
Over the next two months, Selwyn looks at the book of Amos, who wrote around the time of 740 BC. He was thought to be an expect in agriculture and travelled widely from his home town in Tekoa, Judah (Southern Kingdom) to parts of Israel (Northern Kingdom).
Selwyn tells us a little more: “During a lull in international tensions, the kingdoms of Israel in the north and Judah in the south were enjoying what amounted to a ‘golden age’. The two kingdoms had grown prosperous and complacent.
The economy was growing, consumption was rising, the places of worship were full. But during his trips across the border into Israel, Amos noticed that beneath the surface lurked serious injustice, hypocrisy, corruption, and false worship.”
To a very large extent we can see parallels with prosperous economies of our time – beneath the surface can often be found systematic corruption and injustice.
Selwyn concludes with: “God’s perspectives on things can be uncomfortable, but what we have to remember is that they are always true. For the repentant, God’s searching scrutiny always leads us back to His grace and mercy. … And always remember: every loving parent sets boundaries. His is a love that will not let us go.”
I think we are one stage past the corruption, as seen in Amos’ time; and what I’m referring to, is that false worship was something seen during his time; today, in our own societies we have both false worship and very few people who actually worship God, in any manner. So, what does God think of us; and more importantly, what is He planning to do about it?