THEME: OPPRESSION OF THE POOR
Amos 5:11-15 NIV
“You levy a straw tax on the poor and impose a tax on their grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine. For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts. Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil. Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.”
-Amos a herdsman in Tekoa, prophecies against the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the time of king Jeroboam. Amos came to awaken the people spiritually unto the Lord. He spoke of the coming judgement, and prophesied against several transgressions including oppression of the poor. The political class charged duty against the grain and straw tax upon the poor, a prescription against godliness and honesty, but to enrich themselves. The Lord proclaimed judgment against them that, even though they build houses, they would not live in them and if they planted vineyards, they will not drink its wine. They also took bribes and denied the poor justice in court. This is a classical example of what is happen in our nation. Leaders have resorted to increase taxes and prices of goods and services at the expense of its citizens. Those who had graft cases have been set free illegally and have corrupted the judicial system. The Lord is calling these leaders to repent and mend their ways lest they come to judgement. The Lord is also calling each one of us to consider doing good always and turn away from evil.
Lord You perform righteous deeds and judgments for all who are oppressed. Lord You are close to those who are broken hearted and those who are crushed in spirit. May You have mercy on us. You are close to the poor, those who are discouraged by oppressive tax policies and deceptive court judgments, have mercy on us dear Jesus. May You deliver us Lord from every oppressive laws and rulership, that You may grant us decrees that cause prosperity upon us and our nation. May You fill our leaders with wisdom beginning with our president, his deputy and all leaders that whatever they decide to do, it may only come from You. May You judge Your people with righteous and remember mercy loving Savior. May You teach us to love You and our neighbors as ourselves, and to do good always. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Isaiah 10:1-3, Psalm 72:4