Sunday, October 6, 10:00 am worship “The LORD roars from Zion.” The prophet Amos begins his book with a terrifying image. Strike from your mind all your experience with lions behind bars and glass at the zoo; strike cartoons and cuddly stuff animals. Instead, put yourself in the place of Amos, a shepherd from Tekoa. Put yourself in the black silent night surrounded by bleating sheep, a dinner bell for a hungry pride. A roar fills the night and ravenous eyes flash in the darkness. Four-hundred pounds of loin’s mane, tooth, and claw emerge from the night with a sound like thunder. The lion will take whatever he wants. Nothing can stop him.
The LORD roars from Zion. The enemies of justice are his prey. Amos calls the people of God to share God’s passion for justice, and reminds all the oppressed that the lion is coming to their aid. May the roar of the lion challenge us to share God’s passion for justice, and may the roar embolden us to follow our great king in his mission to set all things right. He is the great lion and we are his cubs following at his feet. I can’t wait to hear the roar of the lion this Sunday and worship together.