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Amos' condemnation of the religious life of Israel



AMOS’S CONDEMNATION OF THE BAD PRACTICES IN THE RELIGIOUS LIFE OF ISRAEL
Introduction
Amos was among the shepherds of Tekoa. He prophesied during the reign of Uzziah, king of Judah and Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. Amos prophesied against the bad things that were going on in his society at the time.

Practices condemned by Prophet Amos
Amos condemned his people for selling the righteous for silver and the needy for a pair of shoes. 

He spoke against how the rich trampled on the head of the poor into the dust of the earth and did not care about the plight of the afflicted.

He accused them of the practice where a man and his son sleep with the same woman and profane the Holy name of God.

The people bow themselves down beside every altar in dresses that they took in pledge from their people.
In the house of their God, they drink the wine of those from whom they had taken fines in the form of wine.  


SOME VICES AMOS CONDEMNED WHICH ARE STILL RAMPANT TODAY

Oppression of the poor by the wealthy

Today, many people are still paid poor salaries and wages for services they render to their masters or employers.



Cheating in business
There are rich and influential businessmen have edged the poor out of business. They trample upon their rights as small businessmen with impunity.

Opulent Luxury in the face of poverty
Today, the rich continue to build palaces and pile up wealth at the expense of the poor. They buy luxurious cars and live large while the poor live in abject poverty.
 
 


SAMPLE QUESTIONS
1. a. Describe any three practices which Amos condemned in the religious life of Israel.
    b. Indicate three practices he recommended in their place.
2. a. Describe the social life of Israel during the time of Amos.
    b. Mention four vices condemned by Amos which are still rampant in your society.

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