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A Call to Repentance
Today's Passage: Amos 5:1-17
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Or, for your convenience I have typed the verses below from the
New Living Testament (NLT).
Amos lived in the kingdom of Judah but
preached in the northern kingdom of Israel.)
1. Listen, you people of Israel! Listen to this funeral song I am singing:
2. "The virgin Israel has fallen, never to rise again!
She lies abandoned on the ground, with no one to help her up."
3. The Sovereign LORD says:
"When a city sends a thousand men to battle,
only a hundred will return.
When a town sends a hundred, only ten will come back alive."
4. Now this is what the LORD says to the family of Israel:
"Come back to me and live!
5. Don't worship at the pagan altars at Bethel;
don't go to the shrines at Gilgal or Beersheba.
For the people of Gilgal will be dragged off into exile,
and the people of Bethel will be reduced to nothing."
6. Come back to the LORD and live!
Otherwise, he will roar through Israel like a fire,
devouring you completely.
Your gods in Bethel won't be able to quench the flames.
7. You twist justice, making it a bitter pill for the oppressed.
you treat the righteous like dirt.
8. It is the LORD who created the stars, the Pleiades and Orion.
He turns darkness into morning and day into night.
He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as
rain on the land. The LORD is his name!
9. With blinding speed and power he destroys the strong,
crushing all their defenses.
10. How you hate honest judges!
How you despise people who tell the truth!
11. You trample the poor, stealing their grain through taxes
and unfair rent. Therefore, though you build beautiful stone houses,
you will never live in them.
Though you plant lush vineyards, you will never drink wine from them.
12. For I know the vast number of your sins and the
depth of your rebellions.
You oppress good people by taking bribes and
deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
13. So those who are smart keep their mouths shut, for it is an evil time.
14. Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live!
Then the LORD God of Heaven's Armies will be your helper, just as
you have claimed.
15. Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true
halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the LORD God of Heaven's Armies
will have mercy on the remnant of his people.
16. Therefore, this is what the LORD, the LORD GOD of Heaven's Armies, says:
"Therefore, will be crying in all the public squares and mourning in every street.
Call for the farmers to weep with you, and summon professional
mourners to wail.
17. There will be wailing in every vineyard, for I will destroy them all,"
says the LORD.
Amos 5:1-17 NLT
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Thank you LORD!
Thank you for this reminder to hate evil and love good.
We so often get into our lives and forget that evil is all around us.
Keep us aware. Because even thought we don't recognize it,
evil exists and is pressing in on our hearts daily.
We have both our own hurdles to jump over in our own flesh, and
we have evil surrounding us.
But with You all things are possible.
So, we ask You to help us listen to Your warnings.
And ask for Your Spirit to protect and guide us.
And that is what we do right now.
Thank you Jesus,
In your name we pray.
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We look forward to hearing if God gave you any epiphanies through this passage.
And I'll be back again tomorrow,
I pray you will be too.
Be blessed today!
Robyn and Biff,
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