Prophet to the northern kingdom who condemned Israel's oppression of the poor, calling for justice to "roll down like waters." More announces that God hates the people’s “festivals” and “will not accept” their offerings. Rather: “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.”
The festivals of the Israelite year were Passover commemorates the deliverance of the Hebrew people from Egypt as described in the book of Exodus. It is celebrated with worship and a meal on the fourteenth day of the month called Nisan, which is the first month of the Jewish year. The time... More, Weeks, and Booths (similar in importance to Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost was originally a Jewish harvest or pilgrimage festival that fell on the fiftieth day after Passover. It was during this festival that the Holy Spirit visited Jesus' followers in tongues of fire and caused them to speak in many languages, as reported in Acts... More for Christians). Amos announces that God is so angry because of the suffering that some of the people are causing to others, that God will not accept offerings given at the major festivals of the year. Instead, God wants justice and righteousness from the people.