Amos 5:14-15 ” Seek good not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say He is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts.”

The Nation of Israel was enjoying a time of prosperity…but with this great prosperity came great division between the rich and poor.  And because of it, the people became self-reliant, prideful, and walked away from God.   Amos’s message to the people was that of denouncing their privileged life-style that exploited the poor, and calling them to repentance.  He warned them of the consequences of their complacency in not doing what was morally right and just for all.  Amos was a contemporary of the Prophet Isaiah who wrote in Isaiah 1:17, “Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!  Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.  Defend the cause of fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”

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