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September 8 - Evening

" I hate, I despise your religious festivals
    your assemblies are a stench to me.
Even though you bring me burnt offerings and
grain offerings,
 I will not accept them. 
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
    I will have no regard for them.
Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!"
- Amos 5:23-24

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Let Justice Flow on Like a River    

God speaks to northern Israel through Amos, the farmer from Tekoa in Judah, in 760-750 BC
to tell them he is offended by their religious activities that they perform in of worship him. The Lord instead demands justice and righteousness in the lives and society of his people. The Lord hates Israel’s practice of the festivals prescribed by the Law of Moses. He says their assemblies (community religious gatherings) stink! The varieties of offerings, including the offering of the
choice selections, are neither accepted, not even considered, by the Lord. And, he commands
them to put away their worship bands while calling their songs “noise.” All of these religious
activities are counterproductive until the people performing them will practice justice in their lives towards other members of their community and demonstrate righteous in their conduct before the Lord.  When both “justice” and “righteousness” are applied to the social order then their feasts, assemblies, offerings and music will be acceptable to God. But, until then worship is simply a pretense and insulting to the character and revelation of the Lord.

The demonstration of justice and righteousness must be more than a one-time, token gesture
that attempts to win God’s favor. Instead, the flow of justice and righteousness must be a
continuous flow like that of a river. This performance will require an entire change in attitude,
lifestyle and personal character. And, just like a river flows every day if it rains or not, and it
flows all year no matter how hot and dry the seasons are, so to the flowing stream of justice and righteousness must continue even when there are difficult days or challenging seasons in life.
This is the life that honors and worships God, not religious rituals with no reality.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”
– Abraham Lincoln




Something to Ponder??
The most quoted Old Testament book in the New Testament is Isaiah. There are 419 NT references to Isaiah.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Cheir (Gr) – Hand (Eng) – this ancient Greek word (1600 BC) originally referred to the
full arm from the shoulder all the way to the fingers on the hand. This fits with historical
and archaeological records that show that the nails of crucifixion went through the wrists,
and not into the palms. The Greek word cheir is very often used as a metaphor for strength.
  The palace of Eglon, king of Moab, was found at Jericho by John Garstang in the 1930’s. The palace was from 1350’s BC and stood as an isolated building constructed after Jericho fell in Joshua's day. It was home to a wealthy individual with imported items, decorated pottery and administrative duties that involved cuneiform tablets. This agrees with Judges 3:13 and 20 where Ehud killed Eglon at his summer palace in the "City of Palms" (Jericho).
Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I demonstrate patience and self-control?
I will manifest the these fruits of the Spirit including diligent labor
as Amos did as a shepherd and a keeper of sycamore-fig trees.

  "Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city."
Proverbs 16:32
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) John 4 Ezekiel 39
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Physical strength Hearts of servants Agriculture
Mozambique - the unreached people
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

The Rampart that surrounded Ashkelon. This design is called a glacis and was covered with a very smooth, polished finish that made it impossible to climb by the enemy attacking the walls of the city. A large wall would have stood at the top. The Mediterranean Sea is in the background. The city gate is just to the left of this photo. (click on image for larger size)

Details of the archaeological excavation of Hazor,
the great Canaanite city burnt by Joshua.
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