Bible Notes

"Seek ye me, and ye shall live: but seek not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beer-sheba" (Amos 5:4, 5)—Beth-el, Gilgal, and Beer-sheba had long been three of the chief sanctuaries of Palestine, but we gather from a perusal of Amos' book that in his day the tendency, particularly among the people of northern Israel, was to make attendance at these holy places a substitute for inward holiness and true religion. In fact, he affirmed that the people came to Beth-el and Gilgal to "transgress" (Amos 4:4) rather than to worship there. It is of interest to compare Amos' stress upon the inwardness of true religion with the announcement of Christ Jesus to the effect that true worship was not to be confined within the limits of Jerusalem, the sacred city of the Jews, nor of Mount Gerizim, the sacred mountain of the Samaritans, for "the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth" (John 4:21–23).

"Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion" (Amos 5:8)—"The seven stars" was a name often applied in early English literature to the Pleiades, and the translators of our Common Version sometimes rendered the Hebrew word "kimah" as "the seven stars" (as here), though in Job 9:9 and Job 38:31, where that constellation is again mentioned with Orion, the rendering is "Pleiades" (ef. Driver: Joel and Amos, p. 179).

Testimony of Healing
In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscelany,"...
October 21, 1939

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