Thursday, May 16, 2024


The book of Amos chapter 5 verse 3 - 4 says this;

This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Israel: “Your city that marches out a thousand strong will have only a hundred left; your town that marches out a hundred strong will have only ten left.”

This is what the Lord says to Israel: “Seek me and live;

This passage, in the words of the Lord Himself to Israel, foretells of a decimation of the people where cities of a thousand soldiers are reduced to a hundred and towns of a hundred a reduced to 10.

With these terrible fates awaiting them, Israel is councelled to seek the Lord so that they might live.

Israel, while saying that the Lord was with them, were contravening righteousness is these ways;

  • Turning justice to bitterness
  • Defaming righteous conduct
  • Unfair taxes on the straw of the poor
  • Unfair taxes on the grain of the poor
  • Oppression of the innocent
  • Corruption of bribery
  • Unfairness towards the poor in courts
  • Worshiping enshrined political leaders
  • Lifting up idols on pedestals
  • Worshiping false gods

With these things happening in Israel, the Lord gives advice to them in verse 14;

Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.



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