The Cartoon Old Testament Online Book - Part 4
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Lions and Bears and Snakes, Oh My!
18 Alas for you who desire the day of the LORD! Why do you
want the day of the LORD? It is darkness, not light; 19 as if
someone fled from a lion, and was met by a bear; or went into
the house and rested a hand against the wall, and was bitten by
a snake. 20 Is not the day of the LORD darkness, not light, and
gloom with no brightness in it? 21 I hate, I despise your festivals,
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 offerings of well-being of your fatted
animals I will not look upon. 23 Take away from me the noise of
your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. 24
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like
an ever-flowing stream.
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Amos' optimism turns to warning as he suggests that the expected
"day of the LORD" could turn ugly rather than be the
good thing that is expected. Rather than be a day of triumph for
Israel it could be the day of their destruction. All the cultic
worship they can muster won't save them if it is insincere. So
he should have had their undivided attention by the time he got
to "But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness
like an ever-flowing stream." Perhaps one of the most well-known
verses of Amos. While not good for sacrificing, it might be good
practice for carrying the Olympic torch.
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