Amos: The Famine of the Word

Session Date: 
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Speaker: 
Scott Field
Bible Text: 
Amos 8:11-14

The dominant theme of Amos’ writing is an unwavering call to social justice as the expression of true faith in Yahweh, the God who is known for his faithfulness and mercy, but also his justice and righteousness. He spoke out against the neighboring kingdoms, the enemies of Israel.
In considering God’s judgment against his people today, in considering the plumb line of God’s righteousness and justice now, we should look at the churches, the congregations, the communities of believers – for we are God’s Israel (Galatians 3:26-29).
Insofar as we are complacent in our devotion to the Lord, uncaring toward the needs of the poor, willing to put up with the corruption of the justice system, and content to make sure we live comfortably while others go without – as long as we are unmoved by the affront to God’s justice and righteousness in our own lives and in the society around us, this judgement applies to us. Whenever we take God’s grace for granted, we are in danger of begin morally complacent and spiritually smug.

Amos: The Famine of the Word