“Let Justice Roll On” ( Amos 5: 14, NIV ) by Carley Evans

Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 6:32pm

“Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord Almighty will be with you, just as you say He is.” Some talk the talk, but do not “seek good.” Rather than planning good, they secretly plan evil. This, despite the promise that “those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.” (Proverbs 14:22)

 

Some honor God with the tongue, but do nothing for the needy among us despite knowing that “whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” (Proverbs 14:31) Some go so far as to claim to be without sin even though God asks us,”Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?’ ” (Proverbs 20:9)

 

Is the Lord Almighty with us? Do we “hate the one who reproves in court and despise him who tells the truth”? (Amos 5:10) Do we “trample on the poor”? (Amos 5:11) Do we “oppress the righteous and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts”? (Amos 5:12)

 

If so, God says to us, “I hate your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring Me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I do not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I do not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:21-24)

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