Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!)
God tells Amos that he will hold a “plumb line” up against the people of Israel in an act of judgment. Amos, who is in the Northern Territory of Israel, begins to tell people to get ready for God’s fierce judgment. Amaziah, a key priest in the court of King Jeroboam II, tells the king what Amos is saying and the King pressures Amos to heads south towards the territory Judah. Amos resists, and instead offers dire predictions for the king and all in his family.
A promise is offered by God to the Jewish people who hold God’s Commandments sacred. They will be prosperous in everything as long as, in everything they do, they turn to God with all of their hard in all of their soul. The author notes that this commandment is not too hard or out of reach for complicated for anyone; rather, it is on our hearts and lips already.
A lawyer is either trying to trap Jesus with rhetorical logic or find a loophole in the greatest commandment for himself. He asks Jesus how to inherit eternal life and Jesus responds with the commandment. The loophole comes when he asks Jesus to his neighbors. Jesus responds by telling the story of the Good Samaritan. The priests and politicians from the territory of the man who was beaten and robbed don’t help him at all, but it is only when a Samaritan man came by that he receives help. Jesus says this is what the man – and implicitly, the rest of us – should also go and do.
A Psalm of unknown origin and authorship. At first, it seems to suggest a polytheistic reality. But more likely, the “gods” referred to over which the one true God rules are the leaders of countries or kingdoms on earth. The Psalm says that they were blessed with godlike authority and status, but have fallen short of their duties. As such, they will suffer the fate of all human beings and will be judged by God for their transgressions.
King David is pleading with God to teach him the ways of a righteous ruler. Basically, he is doing exactly what the commandment in our Deuteronomy text says he should do.
A letter of praise to the early Christians in Colossae for their faithfulness. It is evident by the fruits of their faith that they are following the teachings of the Gospel. As such, Paul, Timothy and the other leaders in the Christian movement, pray for them and their ministry every day.
WTF? (Breaking down scripture in plain language)
Plumb Line – In construction, a clone line is used to tell when something is straight. In this case, the root word often translated as “Plumb line” is “anak.”
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