-A dirge is to be taken up for the lamentation of Israel (i.e. the northern kingdom) for she has fallen and will not rise again according to the Word of the LORD. Their false gods cannot save them in the day of distress as they have turned justice into wormwood (bitterness) and cast righteousness down to the earth (obliterated it) (Amos 5:7).
-A stanza of praise for God’s great works ensues as He is glorified.
-Then the accusations are substantiated. The Israelites have hated their reproofs and abhorred those who speak with integrity (Amos 5:10). They have imposed heavy rent on the poor and exacted a tribute of grain from them (Amos 5:11). *Judgment* They will build splendid houses, but will not live in them (Amos 5:11b). They will not drink from the wine of their pleasant planted vineyards (Amos 5:11b). They have committed many sins and distress the righteous and accept bribes and turned aside the poor in the gate (arrogance) (Amos 5:12).
-The remedy is given for a possible display of grace from the LORD in verses 14-15. They are recommended to seek and love good rather than evil plus establish justice once again in the gates.
-The day of the LORD is portrayed as a day of darkness and gloom for them. God has rejected them and their festivals, solemn assemblies, burnt offerings, grain offerings, peace offerings, and their music (Amos 5:21-23). Again the prophet reiterates what God would like to see…justice rolling down like waters (water permeates and penetrates) and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream (Amos 5:24). *Application* It should not be so hard for us to understand the heart of the LORD here from this passage. He desires righteousness and justice in every aspect of our lives and is grieved greatly when we transgress His ways. Bless Him by the way you live your life today. Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself (Matthew 7:12, Luke 6:31).
Verse to Memorize: Amos 5:24