Thursday “God’s Judgement on Crimes Against Humanity”

Lenten Journey of Justice facebook 2

Reflection

Amos lived in a tumultuous time right before the one of the darkest epochs in Jewish history, its regression from the Covenant to exile. The prophet Amos was a fierce critic of the injustices of his society’s social relations and the systemic corruption of its judicial and religious institutions. Amos starts off fairly quickly into the kind of section scholars refer to as an “edict against the nations.” He essentially lays out an indictment for the “crimes against humanity” of Israel’s neighbors.

One can imagine the Israelite people of his day nodding along in agreement of his assessment–like Jonah– waiting for fire and brimstone to fall, and totally  unsuspecting of the sucker punch to come. They were not ignorant of these crimes, but neither were they without their own culpability. This indictment clearly lays out example after example of the actions of seven neighboring peoples living lives in stark contrast to the Sinai Covenant’s revelation of Deut. 30, one pointing toward the type of  lives God  intended His people to live before a watching world in a way that demonstrates God’s heart for justice, mercy, and mutuality. Amos’ refrain “for three transgressions… and for four” illuminate how God had had enough of these heartless and habitual actions. Indeed the Lord is mad to the point of roaring like a lion, for the only sane response to injustices of this scale is anger.

  • Read Amos 1:1-2:3 on God’s judgment of the neighboring people’s transgressions
  • Read Leviticus 19:13-18 revealing  God’s heart for how neighbors are to live out justice before God as His people.
  • Watch Video on 2013 Rana Plaza Collapse

Advertisements

About jtower11

Hi there! I am James Tower: A husband, father, dreamer, visionary, thinker, poet, mystic, metal-worker, and scholar. I have served College Avenue Friends since 2013. I like to describe the way God has been at work in my life by saying that "He has been creating in me the heart of a pastor, the mind of a scholar, and the zeal of a missionary." I have an extremely nontraditional background as Jesus has given me freedom from the slavery of addiction to drugs, and my journey to faith came later in life after an overdose in 2000. I graduated with a M. Div with an emphasis in biblical studies from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland Oregon in 2016. I have a love for teaching and revealing the historical and doctrinal context from which the biblical text arises, and connecting its redemptive message to life today. Other interests include teaching a leadership class based on the Friends Testimonies at William Penn University, writing, and metalwork such as blacksmithing, a passion which I enjoy teaching others as a way of discipleship. View all posts by jtower11

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: