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Day of the Lord
Bible Passage Amos 5: 18- 27
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Amos, Deuteronomy, Exodus, ISAIAH, Job, Psalm.

Day of the Lord

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached June 28, 2023

SCRIPTURE 📖
18 “Woe to those who are craving the Day of the LORD! How is it to your benefit, this Day of the LORD? It’s a day of darkness to you, and not light.

19 It will be like a man who runs from a lion, only to encounter a bear; or who comes home, leans his hand against a wall, and a serpent bites him!

20 Will not the Day of the LORD be darkness, and not light— pitch black at that, without a ray of sunshine?”

21 “I hate—I despise—your festival days, and your solemn convocations stink.

22 And if you send up burnt offerings to me as well as your grain offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I consider your peace offerings of fattened cattle.

23 Spare me your noisy singing— I will not listen to your musical instruments.

24 “But let justice roll on like many waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing river.

25 “Was it to me that you brought offerings and gifts in the desert for 40 years, house of Israel?

26 And you carried the tent of your king— and Saturn, your star god idols that you crafted for yourselves.

27 So I will cause you to be taken captive beyond Damascus,” says the LORD, whose name is God of the Heavenly Armies.

 

BACKGROUND
The day of the LORD is the intervention of God in judgement where He is expected to restore people and bless them. Israelites thought that this day would be one of victory and rejoicing for them because their enemies would be destroyed. Amos tells them that when God acts in judgement, He will act against all the wicked, and Israel will be the first to suffer. There will be no way of escape, no place of safety, when God’s judgement falls (verse 18-20).

So the ‘day of the Lord’ will mean the opposite of what the Israelites expected. They will not like it. Amos was the first of the Old Testament prophets to write about this ‘day’.

Amos uses two pictures to say that there will be no escape on the day (verse 19). There will be no defence and the Israelites cannot avoid the judgement of God. It will be like running from a lion to a bear, or running home to look for comfort only to be rather bitten by snake at home.

That day will be like darkness. People often use darkness as a picture. In the Old Testament it is often a picture of trouble, unhappy people, danger, and even death (1 Samuel 2:9; Job 5:14; Psalm 91:6; Isaiah 5:30). Job described the place where dead people are as a land of darkness (Job 10:21-22). So, when He said this, God was being very clear.

 

Amos repeats that the remedy for the people’s troubles is not to increase their religious rituals and ceremonies, but to change their conduct. The Israelites met together several times in the year to worship God and to eat special meals. There were three special times -Tabernacles, Passover, and Weeks (Exodus 23:14-17; 34:22; 25; Deuteronomy 16:1-16). The Israelites probably went to Bethel or Gilgal to eat the meals there. However, there were other less important meals. These were on Sabbaths, new moons and other occasions. But God hated them all.

Feasts and sacrifices are of value only when the offerers are doing God’s will in their daily lives. They must behave with justice and uprightness towards their fellows if their religious exercises are to be acceptable to God (verse 21-24).

The people’s sacrifices, besides being offered without any thought of moral holiness or obedience, were corrupted through false religion. This was not the way Israelites offered sacrifices in the time of Moses. God will now punish Israel. Their sacrifices will cease, and they, with their foreign gods, will be taken into captivity (verse 25-27).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Offerings and sacrifices are of no value except we do the will of God

🔷 Musicians must believe in and act on what they sing so their prayer and praise in songs can be accepted by God

🔷 God will punish those who live a life separated from His instructions and expectations for them

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray that your sacrifices may be acceptable to God
💥 Pray for God’s grace on the day of the Lord

CONCLUSION📙
Our religion must never be separated from our private lives. We must practice what we say and preach so we can remain blessed people of God.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections