‘G’mar Tov’. (‘G’mar Fatima Tova’.) Or loosely translated into English… Happy Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.
Today begins the Holiest day in the Hebrew calendar, the Day of Atonement, meaning a time to ask forgiveness for the sins of the past year, as well as looking at the year ahead. Millions will be marking the date with 25 hours of fasting as well as prayers and spending time with family and friends. If you are an observer of the festival, God bless you in your devotions and fasting. Amen.
The CJCN Daily Worship.
By Pastor Don’t Roy Hemingway.
Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, peace unto you and the grace of our lord Jesus be with you. May the Almighty God of hosts stay ever with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen…………
The Gospel according to….
Amos 5. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
1 Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel:
2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise. She is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up.
3 For thus saith the Lord God: “The city that went out by a thousand shall be left a hundred, and that which went forth by a hundred shall be left ten to the house of Israel.”
4 For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel: “Seek ye Me, and ye shall live;
5 but seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba; for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.
6 Seek the Lord, and ye shall live; lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel—
7 ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth!”
8 Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night, who calleth for the waters of the sea and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is His name,
9 who strengtheneth the despoiled against the strong, so that the despoiled shall come against the fortress.
10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat, ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine from them.
12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor at the gate from their right.
13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.
14 Seek good and not evil, that ye may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.
15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate. It may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
16 Therefore the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord saith thus: “Wailing shall be in all streets, and they shall say in all the highways, ‘Alas! Alas!’ And they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful in lamentation to wailing.
17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing, for I will pass through thee,” saith the Lord.
18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! To what end is it for you? The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light:
19 as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
20 Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?
21 “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell the scent in your solemn assemblies.
22 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.
23 Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs, for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
24 But let judgment run down like waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
25 “Have ye offered unto Me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god which ye made for yourselves.
27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus,” saith the Lord, whose name is The God of Hosts.
Dear Father in heaven, grant us your Spirit so that here on earth we may be united with you in Jesus Christ the Saviour. May truth dawn on us with its light, bringing joy no matter what happens to us. May all the pain in our lives be turned into birth pangs of a new life in which we can rejoice as people you have created, people prepared for the struggle on earth, who are called into battle and led to victory. Grant that we may not be blinded by the surrounding darkness. Shed a clear light on the new life that is coming. May we see what has already happened because Jesus Christ came to the earth and in spirit remains on earth, and may we see what is still to come through him, the Saviour. O God of wonders, keep us aware of the wonders that increasingly surround us, until all the pain on earth is finally overcome and we men glorify your love and your great goodness. In Jesus we pray. Amen.
The Daily Lesson.
(7) You who turn justice to wormwood,
And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!”
Similar to Amos 6:12, this verse connects justice and righteousness. The fruit of righteousness is justice. Justice is fair treatment, not only in the courts but in every aspect of life. This strikes at the root of a major portion of God’s judgment of Israel (Isaiah 59:13-15).
Here, righteousness is pictured as a standard, flag, or banner thrown to the ground. They had “[laid] . . . to rest” or thrown aside the Torah, the law of God, the teachings of God. Instead, they were practicing what we call “situation ethics”—allowing their weak and untrained consciences to be their guide. The practical result was “anything goes.” What does this mean in relation to social conditions?
Righteousness is what is right with God: “For all Your commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172). It is the cultivation of correct moral principles within ourselves. As a nation we should cultivate morality to produce spiritual and social growth. Righteousness—morality—is therefore the foundation of justice. Justice is correct moral practice, the practical application of morality.
The Israelites were not cultivating God’s commandments, the moral standards upon which any nation must operate if it is to be successful. Instead, they had developed a specious code of living which was incompatible with the Word of God. Since the right moral principles were not being cultivated, there was no justice in society and immorality reigned.
While righteousness is inward, justice is out-going, concerning even such “trivial” things as being neat and orderly. Notice how much trash litters our highways and graffiti mars our cities. Maybe no law of God specifically regulates our driving, but is it not fair and just to be considerate of others on the road? Certainly God’s lawhas to do with being thoughtful, gracious, tactful, and discreet, all of which are founded on one of its basic principles, the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12).
Once these “little things” stop being cultivated, then injustice begins to appear in more serious areas, such as increased crime, divorce, abortion, suicide, and the like. Morality plunges and the people move farther and farther from godly mores and values. And when God sees no repentance in sight, His wrath is not long in coming.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
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