Israel in eighth century B.C. was an economic, political and military giant. Misjudging the reason for their prosperity and Papa’s attitude regarding disobedience and apostasy, both the nation and her inhabitants were wantonly disobedient.
Through the prophet Amos, Papa reprimanded His disobedient children. No longer would the observance of feast days, sacred assemblies or religious rituals pacify Papa. They would be disciplined unless they…
Passionately sought Him.
Shared their wealth with those less fortunate.
Nevertheless, the Papa’s counsel fell upon deaf ears. The Hebrews foolishly believed their religious rituals could camouflage— hide their sin. They…
Did not obey Papa’s commandment to love both the poor and the foreigners living among them by giving them food and clothing.
Defiled themselves by participating in worship services at the shrines of foreign idols.
Were promiscuous and engaged in adulterous relationships.
Used slander, usury and bribery in their financial dealings.
Sadly, the same can be said for many Christians today. Christians who refuse to acknowledge they are held to a higher moral standard than non-believers.
As He did in the days of Amos, I believe Papa has drawn a line in the sand for Christians. Not because He is angry, but because the day of Christ’s return nears.
Church, we need purification so we are worthy to wed Christ— a Bride who is the light of Christ to the world.
A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence and recognize and honor and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16