Word at Work February 17, 2017

Scripture: Amos 5:10-15

Amos 5:10-15 is a perfect example of what prophets have to speak to nations in seasons like the one we are in right now. Frequently nobody wants to hear because it is straight talk and it demands change. In Amos 5:10-15, Amos said, “They hate the one who rebukes in the gate, And they abhor the one who speaks uprightly. Therefore, because you tread down the poor And take grain taxes from him, Though you have built houses of hewn stone, Yet you shall not dwell in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, But you shall not drink wine from them. For I know your manifold transgressions And your mighty sins: Afflicting the just and taking bribes; Diverting the poor from justice at the gate. Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, For it is an evil time. Seek good and not evil, That you may live; So the Lord God of hosts will be with you, As you have spoken. Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the Lord God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.” Many people hate ministers who speak the truth. When Amos’ word was spoken, people were very much money driven, they were pleasure-seekers and took bribes. Justice was far from them and it was an evil time. Amos said to “Seek good and not evil, That you may live;… Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate.” America today very much resembles the climate of that time. Establishing justice in the gate is our responsibility and we can do it through prayer. Let the Lord visit corrupt politicians and leaders in our country! Let the next calamity visit those who encourage and condone evil, in Jesus’ name!

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