Selling the Poor for a Pair of Shoes

Amos 2:4-8 — “For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes…” Greed was flourishing in Israel and as always happens, with greed came injustice and oppression. The poor and the vulnerable were being exploited by the rich and the powerful.

In this sermon, we think about the ways in which this exploitation was occurring and we see that the same things are happening in our world today. There is a powerful message in this text for us, a message that ultimately points us to Jesus.