Thursday “God’s Judgement on Crimes Against Humanity”

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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.
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About jtower11

Hi there! I am James Tower: A husband, father, dreamer, visionary, thinker, poet, mystic, metal-worker, and scholar. A former atheist trying to find my way as a Quaker minister. A former drop-out trying to find my way through an M. Div program at George Fox. A former addict who, over twelve years ago had a life changing encounter with Jesus that has altered the course of my life forever. I am a creative person called to pastoral ministry, spiritual direction and discipleship. I love "conversations of consequence" with people who are willing to wrestle through the deeper truths and messiness of life. I have found God in my brokenness, and He has shown me how to use that personal knowledge to work toward healing and reconciliation with others. I love the outdoors, camping and recreation, an eclectic blend of music and arts, and creativity in general. I am passionate about expressing my faith in Jesus, and allowing God to transform every area of my life and every decision I make. Together with my wife Liz and daughters Sophie and Greta, we are on a journey to figure out where, when, and how to live out the call God has placed in our hearts. For more about me check out the "about" or "my story" pages. View all posts by jtower11

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