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biblestudy: Amos (Part 8)

Amos 5:1-6
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 03-May-88; Sermon #BS-AM08; 80 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh points out that Amos severely chides Israel for exalting symbolism over substance, superstitiously trusting in locations where significant historical events occurred: Bethel- the location of Jacob's pillar stone and Jacob's conversion; Gilgal- the location where the manna ceased and the Israelites partook of the produce of the land; and Beersheeba —the location from where Jacob journeyed to become reunited with his family. Consequently, Bethel, Gilgal, and Beersheeba became associated with hope, possession, and fellowship. Amos seems to suggest, "it's not where you are, but what you are — or what you become." Instead of superstitiously regarding these locations like the shrines of Lourdes or Fatima, God's called out ones need to make permanent internal transformations in their lives. Likewise, going to a particular site for the Feast of Tabernacles is worthless if our lives are not permanently transformed by a close relationship with God, motivating us to keep His laws, and reflect His characteristics.

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Bethel Bribes Camp meetings Character Cheap grace Children of corruption Circumcision Demonism Evangelical protestant theology False religion Family characteristics Feast of Tabernacles Gilgal Holiness Hostile takeovers Integrity Jacob's conversion Justice Lourdes Loving God's law Meeting Christ Mistreating the poor Perversion of justice Protection racket Reconciliation Relationship with God Religious games Shrines Social justice Sons of Belial Sons of Satan Taking advantage of the poor Tribute Truth

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