Amos Chapters 1 to 5.
The covenant people of God have been given the responsibility to be “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex. 19:5-6), but it’s clear from the message of Amos that what the Lord saw, did not match up with what He had in mind. Amos is tasked with addressing issues of social, ethical & moral consequences of poor decision, as well as issues of corruption and greed (chp. 2 & 3). Unless these issues are firstly brought into line with the will of the Lord, religious practice will be meaningless to the world (chp. 5). What the Lord requires is justice (5:24) that flows from the integrity of a heart reflecting the ways of the Lord and His righteousness and truth.