Is Amos 5:21-24 Important for Our Understanding of Music (Part I)?

February 6, 2014

From reading Amos 5:21-24, see if you can discover for yourself what key fact about music this passage reveals that needs much careful attention in our day:

 Amo 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell 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 as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

To help you discover that fact, here are some key questions to keep in mind:

1. Who is speaking in the passage?

2. What is the speaker revealing specifically about his activities concerning music?

3. Is the speaker communicating anything positive or negative about music?

4. What is the relevance of this revelation to our understanding of music?

If you discovered what this key fact is and what its contemporary relevance is, do you think that Amos 5:21-24 is a key passage for our understanding of music?

Rajesh

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