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Amos: The Generosity & Justice of God

Rick Whitlock

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The prophecy of Amos is about the universal justice of God. God’s call to us is to live out his justice because we live inside his love. Yet for many of us, the link between God’s love and God’s justice is unclear. This is the surprise within the book of Amos: God shows his people that just because he loves them and has given them his gracious favor and salvation, that doesn’t mean he shows them favoritism. Favored, yes, but favoritism — having special privileges compared to others — No. God is fair and just and treats everyone equally. That’s why he loves justice: he not only punishes wrongdoing but works to do give people their rights, especially the oppressed. In the book of Amos, we see that God’s loves is just, hates injustice, has a purpose, and has power. Life with Jesus is one of incredible love and acceptance. It’s also one of incredible demand and discipline. Rather than separating these things, God’s love hold them together. God loves us as we are but never leaves us as we are: he intends to make us just — just like him.
Other Scriptures Referenced: Deuteronomy 10:17-18; 32:4; Job 37:23; Psalm 33:15; 68:5-6; 89:14; 99:4; 146:7-9; Proverbs 31:9; Isaiah 42:7; 61:8; Amos 5:7; 6:12; Luke 4:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Hebrews 12:3-11; Ephesians 3:14-19.

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