Amos is called to announce God’s coming judgment on the northern kingdom of Israel. Though the kingdom has seen military success and prosperity, they are spiritually bankrupt. They have totally ignored the commands of the covenant and have instead begun worshiping pagan gods and losing sight of their call to live righteously and represent Yahweh to the nations. They have become infamous for cheating, stealing, and oppressing the poor in their community. Is there any hope for Israel?
One Last Chance
God is grieved by how far Israel has fallen. But Yahweh is a merciful God, and he gives them one last chance to turn back to covenant faithfulness. God does want empty religious practices from his people. He wants to see his love for people reflected through the Israelites and faithfulness to Yahweh alone, but this can only come through renewed hearts.
A Shepherd's Call
God calls Amos, a shepherd and fig tree farmer in Judah, to prophesy in Israel against the people's sins, especially cheating, oppressing, and enslaving the poor.
Through sermons, poems, and visions, Amos prophesies judgment against the nations surrounding Israel and Israel itself.
Power and Responsibility
Because of the covenant God made with the people of Israel, they are held to higher standards as his representatives on Earth. Israel should be leading by example.
There is No One Like Yahweh
Amos pleads with the people of Israel to turn from Canaan idols and worship the one true God, who made everything and delivered them out of Egypt's bonds.
A New World
In the midst of Amos' bleak warnings, a hopeful promise rings out. God will confront evil and create a restored family in a new world.
In the Hosea and Amos, we see that worship and justice are inherently combined. What does this mean and how do we achieve this? Let’s explore these two books and find out!...