Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Amos 8:4-6

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – Proper 20/Ordinary 25, Year C

Amos 8:4-6Here this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the Sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”

An ephah was a unit of dry measure equivalent to about a bushel, and a shekel in this context was likely referring to weight. The prophet is chastising those who would anxiously await the end of Sabbath observances, for example, so that they could get back to selling their wheat in less than bushel quantities at bushel prices, placing money and self ahead of God.

Prayer: Almighty God, forgive us for all those times we place you second and hurt our relationships with you and with our brothers and sisters. Amen.

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