- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Amos 5
A lament and call to repentance.
Chapter 5 is a part of the third section of oracle. “way of restoration,” is the theme of this section. The way to be restored is “seek and live,” (v.4, 6), “seek good, not evil,” (v.15), and “let the justice roll on like a river.” (v.24).
Calling for repentance begins with lamentation (v.1-3), for the fallen and forsaken nation, expressing diving compassion on the people of Israel for their wayward from God, committing social injustice, trampling on the poor by taking excessive grain and accepting bribes.
Prophet Amos warns Israel again about the nature and effect of her transgressions (v.16-17), harshly attacks Israel’s sacrificial system, recalling wilderness experience when their ancestors were in the wilderness for forty years. “the day of the Lord,” when the people of Israel piously expected to be vindicated against their enemies, will be the day of darkness and gloom. God delights not in an abundance of festival and sacrifices but in justice and righteousness (v.24).
Being exiled, taken captive, is prophetic message for Israel, which came later years, by Assyria and Babylonia.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?