biblestudy: Amos (Part Seven)
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 19-Apr-88; 89 minutes
When God looks upon people who call themselves by His name, He expects to see certain family characteristics—exemplified by holiness, purity, and morality. Amos indicated that God could not identify these characteristics in people appropriating His name. God's called out ones are obligated to avoid defilement from any source whatsoever, taking special care not to mix God's truth with worldly tradition and rank paganism, forming a syncretistic religion. Amos, using the unflattering image of cows of Bashan, censures the women of Israel (normally the safeguard for the family morality) for abandoning morality, living exclusively for pleasure, materialism, and self-centeredness (often at the expense of the poor and needy), while practicing devoutly a form of syncretistic religion. God, through His prophets, warns that He (with a motive of love) will chasten His people with increasing severity until they repent and begin to reflect His characteristics.
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