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A Warning from Amos

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(Originally published February, 2010)

“I, the Sovereign Lord, am watching this sinful nation of Israel. I will destroy it from the face of the earth. But I will never completely destroy the family of Israel” says the Lord. For I will give the command and will shake Israel along with the other nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, yet not one true kernel will be lost. But all the sinners will die by the sword all those who say, ‘Nothing bad will happen to us.’ Amos 9:8-10

Anyone who has studied the Old Testament will tell you that Israel had a bad habit of turning its back on God whether it be worshiping other Gods, idols or claiming that sin was being carried out with God’s approval. But as one reads the Prophets especially Amos, one realizes that God will not hold back judgment because Israel refuses to listen to the prophets and even goes so far as to try to silence them (2:12, 3:8, 7:10-17).

The Book of Amos is thought to have been set sometime around 750 B.C.E. The urban elites through credit manipulation and debt instruments, were able to drive the farmers away from their land and amass ill-gotten fortune for themselves.  The court system similarly was corrupt and unduly influenced.  “They trample on the heads of the poor as upon the dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressed. Father and son use the same girl and so profane my holy name.” Amos 2:7

Amos himself was from the southern kingdom of Judah.  Judah while having the political stability due to its lineage to King David and Solomon, it was economically not as well off compared to Israel.  Israel was in a period of unrivaled prosperity due to its natural resources and being located along the major trade routes crisscrossing the major economic centers of the time.

Needless to say, Amos’s message of social justice and retribution was not welcome in Israel as demonstrated in the narrative by way of a conversation between Amos and Amaziah, a priest of Bethel. The priest, loyal to Jeroboam II, accuses Amos of stirring up trouble and conspiring against the king, and commands him to stop prophesying. Amos responds with an oracle: “Your wife will become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword. Your land will be measured and divided up, and you yourself will die in a pagan country. And Israel will certainly go into exile, away from their native land.” Amos 7:17.

The central idea of the book of Amos is that God puts his people on the same level as the nations that surround it – God expects the same purity of them all. As it is with all nations that rise up against the kingdom of God, even Israel and Judah will not be exempt from the judgment of God because of their idolatry and unjust ways. The nation that represents Yahweh must be made pure of anything or anyone that profanes the name of God. God’s name must be upheld above all else. These themes are very much relevant to today’s world. Committing atrocities in the name of God will not absolve individuals or nations of their sins.

Written by chrisforliberty

August 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Posted in Banking/Money, Taxes

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    August 3, 2010 at 3:24 am

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  3. Great article. I am becoming more familiar with Christophers work, and I like it very much. He definetly gets it, and with this kind of writing, he is going to be helping alot of other people, to get it, too. The connection between God and our Laws of Governing. I really like the last line of article, as I find it to right on target.

    Mylene Grimm

    January 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    • Hey Mylene, are you still on Facebook? I can’t find you. If you’re not on Facebook any more, please have someone on Facebook contact me and tell me how to get a message to you. If they can get me your email, that would be great. Thanks Mylene. Tom Foti.

      Tom Foti

      September 2, 2011 at 7:21 am

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