Worship Rejected

calendar_today June 2, 2024
menu_book Amos 5:18-27
person Trey Russell
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Sermon 7 in Series

Amos 5:18-27

[18] Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD!
Why would you have the day of the LORD?
It is darkness, and not light,
[19] as if a man fled from a lion,
and a bear met him,
or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall,
and a serpent bit him.
[20] Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light,
and gloom with no brightness in it?

[21] “I hate, I despise your feasts,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
[22] Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the peace offerings of your fattened animals,
I will not look upon them.
[23] Take away from me the noise of your songs;
to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
[24] But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

[25] “Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? [26] You shall take up Sikkuth your king, and Kiyyun your star-god—your images that you made for yourselves, [27] and I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,” says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts.

DEEP SHEET: Sermon Study Questions
 How has Israel misunderstood the meaning of the Day of the Lord? How can it be damning to misunderstand one’s standing before God?
2.   What do the Scriptures teach about the Day of the Lord, both near and final? How do the Scriptures reveal that day of darkness will become a day of light?
3.   What aspects of Israel’s worship are rejected? How has Israel missed the heart of worship? From what you have heard so far, how do vv.21-24 make sense of the whole book of Amos?
4.   Are there areas in your life where your actions contradict your profession? What does v.24 call us to in a New Covenant context?
5.   What do vv.25-26 suggest about the wilderness generation of Israel? What does this have to do with Israel’s current situation?
6.   Why is exile the most severe covenant punishment? How and why do the Scriptures point to a return from exile and a return to Eden?

References:  Romans 2:28-29, 12:1; Amos 3:2, 9:10; Zephaniah 1:7-18; Obadiah 1-18; Joel 3: 1-16; Revelation 14:14-20; 1 Corinthians 3:13; 2 Peter 3:10-14; Romans 2:5-11; Isaiah 9:1-2, 6-7; Malachi 4:5; John 1:7; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Micah 6:6-8; Isaiah 5:12; Deuteronomy 16:16; Isaiah 11:4; Acts 7:42-43; Deuteronomy 32:16-17; Deuteronomy 28:64-68; Leviticus 16:20-22; Galatians 3:13.

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