Text: Amos 8:11
Amos officiating as a producer of figs and a shepherd in Tekoa in the Northern Kingdom, in the days of Jeroboam II (783 BC - 743 BC) and wrote the book that bears his name.
In his time the Israeli authorities enjoyed buoyant economic situation, while the people were starving, a prophet like Amos reacted motivated by God against the undignified situation that added to an ostentatious religious worship in the midst of the misery of the people is then that the reaction of the Lord is located on the identified need of its people, to demand corrective, true commitment and implementation of justice.
The diagnosis of the Prophet (For the Church of Today)
1 - Poor is trampled and twists the path of the poor (Amos 2:8)
2 - The powerful have their ostentation and luxury in front of people. (Amos 6:4)
3 - The poor are exploited and ruined in the midst of religious solemnity (Amos 8:4)
How must the Christian people?
1 - Recognize that we have been chosen, that Jesus Christ paid with his blood for us and therefore we are responsible before God for the care we give to salvation. (Amós3: 2) (Hebrews 2:3)
2 - Ensure genuine repentance by every member of the church, seeking God''s presence and make the protection of the weak a slogan (Amos 3-12).
3 - Above the solemnity and bustle, it is necessary to dispense justice, it is to serve the cause of the voiceless, a spiritual approach yes, but also social. (Luke 6:38)
Made such comments then God promises to place priorities in the right order, if one listens to others, we act in justice and love of Christ manifested in his daily duties, then the following instructions leads to justify the faith, generating continued desire to hear the words of the Lord, in hunger and thirst for it, (Amos 8:11) but unlike the text of Amos, the word of God will be found (Isaiah 55:11) (1 Corinthians 2:9) developing a suitable basis for the direction of the Holy Spirit writing keeping in their hearts, that thirst that occurred in Israel for over 400 years, from which it lacked during the days of the prophets, be growing day by day but no been satisfied, until one day came the water of life (Jesus Christ) that satisfied all needs and the bread that nourishes and satisfies the hunger, feeding the inner man and warrants a full life that extends into eternity.
Find satiation to hunger and thirst for God is a necessity that he wants to supply, however when dealing with other human beings is wrong and the parameters of faith, duties and responsibilities towards others are obviated by simple religious expressions, then create obstacles to overshadow the spiritual vision and detract from all spiritual activity, then they are principles that God supports: love, respect, generosity, consideration of the interests of another etc. ..