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Doomin the Day of Judgment

Thispassage depicts hopelessness to the Israelites yearning for the dayof the Lord. According to the passage, this day will bring more harmthan good. The outcome of the day is shown to produce unexpectedresults that would cause more harm, in this reference shown asdarkness. This is as a result of sin that the children of Israel hadcommitted. They sought refuge in nations like Gilgal, which the Lordhad warned them against. They were also engaged in worship of idols,which was an abomination to their God. In so doing, they turned awayfrom the Lord and yet hoped that God would redeem them on the Day ofJudgment.1

Thehouse of Israel is accused of doing things the wrong way. Thus theyfall short in righteousness. In this passage, the Lord promises themdouble tragedy should they fail to change. That is why reference ismade lion, bear and the serpent. This means that there is no hope forsurvival. The turning point should happen by them turning to the Lordwhen they still have the breath of life, instead of waiting to facehim in the judgment day. They are guilty of sinning, yet they do notshy away from making peace, meat ad burnt offerings to the Lord.Therefore the Lord is calling upon them to rhyme their actions withtheir confessions. 2

Thesinful acts are an abomination to the Lord. He advises them to giveup feasts and assemblies and seek the Lord instead. The rebuke inthis passage serves as a guideline for their lifestyle. They arecautioned against singing since God refused to listen to theirmelody. He also refused to participate in their gatherings since theagenda was theirs, not his. In this account, the Israelites giveattention to offering sacrifices rather than obeying their master.The melody would only be acceptable when the agenda turned to becometheir master’s.3

TheLord admonishes them to become judges and execute judgment andrighteousness. Through righteous judgment, His people could be ableto deliver the oppressed, handle the stranger with reverent fear andmake the fatherless be comfortable while living. The master’s heartwould be turned by seeing His people turn away from violence, takecare of widows and desist from shedding innocent blood. They wouldtake on His character by doing justice to the oppressed in thesociety.4

Somerelated passages include the book of Ezekiel, 45:9, where the Lord isdirecting the children of Israel to let go of abominations andexecute judgment and justice to the oppressed. He also admonishesthem to keep off from the praises of men since they become proud.Another related verse is in the book of Ezekiel 8:16 where the Lordtells them to guard peace and let it reign in their gates. This versealso relates with the book of Psalm 15:2 where David describes thepeople acceptable to the Lord. They are those who walk uprightly anddo righteous acts, by also speaking the truth from their hearts.5

Thereis use of imagery in this passage. The images include that of a lion,a bear and a serpent. These images represent utter destruction to thepeople of Israel should they fail to repent. The punishment would bevery fatal as poison in the body of a human being. A relatedscripture is in Job 20:24 where the writer uses the images of ironweapon and a bow of steel, also to represent the fierceness of theday of the Lord. Also, in the book of Isaiah 24:18, Isaiah representsthe day of the Lord to be filled with the noise of fear. He warnsthat he that flees from the noise of fear will fall into a pit, andhe that flees from the pit will be ensnared. In Isaiah 66:3, thepassage depicts hopelessness in the burnt offerings and sacrifices,if the Israelites are not aligned according to God’s standards ofrighteousness.6

Inall these passages, God tells the children of Israel to root out evilfrom amongst them. Within the book, this passage is preceded by awarning of destruction since the children of Israel sought refugefrom Bethel and Gilgal, whereas these cities would be destroyed inthe end, these cities are representative of worldliness that informspeople’s decisions but are all vanity. In the end they leave noeternal value to be mimicked by the generations that follow. Theseforms of worldliness include selfish and individualistic nature thatonly caters for self. God comments them to become corporate-mindedand thus take care of widows, orphans and foreigners.7

Thesecorporate actions would speak to God that His children mind what heminds, and thus that would be a basis of agreement. Unfortunately,the Israelites do not turn from their wicked ways. What follows is anaccusation by God about their offering sacrifices to mute idols knownas Mo-loch and Chi-un. This is an abomination, since their God whowas alive wouldn’t require sacrifices from them in the wilderness.Their final damnation would to go into captivity beyond the land ofDamascus. Him who proclaims this judgment refers himself to as theGod of hosts. The Israelites must decide on whose side they take Godor idols. As such, Israelites must answer the rhetorical questionsand judge them according to what they say, thus take the appropriateaction. This would emerge as the purpose of the rhetorical questionsin the passage.

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2BibleGateway. The Day of the Lord. 2015. Retrieved From: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Amos%205:18-24 3 Diop, Ganoune. The Remnant Concept Defined by Amos. Proquest 20.8 (2013). 4 BibleStudyTools. Amos 5 Commentary. Dec. 4, 2015. Retrieved From: http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/amos/amos-5.html 5 Lectionary.org. Bible Commentary. 2010. Retrieved From: http://www.lectionary.org/EXEG_Engl_WEB/OT/30-Amos-WEB/Amos.5.18-20.EXEGESIS.htm 6 Gignilliat, Mark. Commentary on Amos 5:18-24. Nov. 06 2011. Retrieved From: https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1030 7 Lafferty, Veronica. A Study of Amos 5:21-24 and Isaiah 1:10-17. Proquest 2010. Retrieved From: http://lib.scu.ac.kr/WebImg/data/pdf/3403478.pdf

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