Wednesday Nov 30, 2022
Forgotten Books of The Bible: Amos Part 3 - Improper Worships = Improper Treatment of Others
The First person to take Amos’ socio-ethical message seriously was the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola. During Lent in Florence, Italy, in 1496, Savonarola preached a series of hard-hitting sermons on Amos and Zechariah against what he felt were the political and religious sins of that city-state. These sermons led to his imprisonment and subsequent execution in 1498. More recent Martin Luther King Jr. in his amazing, world changing “I have a dream” speech quotes Amos 5:24 “Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” This was the message that Amos was delivering to the people of Israel as well. He wanted them to know that their improper worship had led to improper treatment of others. He wanted to remind them that justice should roll out of them and that would cause righteousness to flow out to the other nations.
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