Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pleiades and Orion, Amos 5:8






Seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth: The Lord is his name.


Amos 5:8


Some people find the Bible to be a boring book, it can seem so old (and odd), it can seem to be addressing things of a bygone era that has not much relevance to today...on the other hand, I think that one of the real mistakes is to think that the Bible is entirely made up of one thing alone.  Have you read Amos recently?  Have you read Amos at all? I encourage you to take a look, and before you do, do a bit of background - heck, read the wikipedia page on Amos, or any brief introduction.  Even better, take a look at the VTS (Virginia Theological Seminary) "Bible Brief" on Amos, which you can find HERE.  Amos is an unlikely prophet, a "nonprofessional" prophet who has much to say about the political and social structures of his time.  He is willing to "call a spade a spade," in all sorts of ways.  Beyond all this, there is great beauty in this prophetic book of the Bible, as evidenced by the above quote.


Seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion, 
and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night; 
who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth: 
The Lord is his name.


It may sound old fashioned, it may sound crazy, but we would do well to pick up the Bible and read!  And, check out Amos!


In the name of Christ and the Lord who made the Pleades and Orion,


~The Rev. Peter M. Carey  

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