Amos 5, 21-24
Something to read
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
King James Version
I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. 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.
Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
New Revised Standard Version
Something to think about
Justice is all that is required by God. You can hear this message in today's world, whether you are a Minister, Church leader, Church community member or friend of the Church.
You are doing what is right in the sight of the Lord and nothing else. Your celebrations in His Name and your praises to His Glory give weight to the importance of this message regarding the justice according to God.
We are getting ready to celebrate Easter, the most important time of all that the Lord has done for you.
You have given up chocolate bars and favourite pleasures for the almost 40 days and nights – well done – but remember the true meaning of fasting according to the Lord in Isaiah 58 and how this relates to actions of justice.
Something to do
For today show love actively (in whatever way you choose to do it) to somebody bearing in mind that you are acting for justice.
Something to pray
God of all mercy
Thank you to let know your feeling
About our worship
Forgive us our shortcomings
And help us to do what is right in your sight.
God of all justice
We confess that we failed to work for justice
Forgive and arm us to do what is just
For your kingdom to come
We pray with thanksgiving Amen!
Today's contributor is John Agbodjan, a student at Westminster College, Cambridge.