November 19, 2023
The Lord was extremely angry with the people of Israel and Judah. Despite many warnings, they were allowing injustice and unrighteousness to run rampant.
The courts were dealing unfairly with the poor and powerless. Judges were corrupt and were taking bribes.
The authorities were over-taxing those who could least afford it, and were pressing down on those who were already down-trodden. Those same authorities were living in luxury themselves.
Further, the corrupt judges and authorities hated those who were living righteous and upright lives.
Hence, the Lord told the people, through Amos, that their society would be destroyed, and that many of the citizens would die.
Amos told the people to change their ways and allow justice to roll on like a river, and righteousness like a never-failing stream.
This message also applies to us. We should live righteous lives, also. No-one says that this easy, but when we live in a right relationship with God, He will give us the guidance and strength that we need to be righteous.