biblestudy: Amos (Part 11)
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 07-Jun-88; Sermon #BS-AM11; 85 minutes
John Ritenbaugh observes that ancient Israel had at the core of its religion (as well as its dominant cultural norm) an obsession to serve or please the self at the expense of justice and truth and the best interests of the socially disadvantaged. Because of Israel's excessive self-seeking and self-serving pride, God threatens to remove His protection, allowing its people to go into captivity. Pride (the catalyst for Laodiceanism) causes people to reject God and to follow idolatrous ways. Israel's leaders should 1) never be content with the way things are, 2) never let care and concern for self take priority over the welfare of others, 3) covet peace with God, but only on His terms, 4) choose things that are more excellent, and 5) embrace morality.
At ease in Zion Ceremony Complacent self satisfaction Day of Doom Desire to please self Even handed punishment Eye for an eye principle Idolatry Israel's religion Jeroboam Laodiceanism Lee Iococca Leaders and followers Mercy Offerings to idols Religion of self-pleasing Retribution Self concern Sincerity Spirit and truth Worship in spirit and truth Zeal in religion
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