Amos accuses Israel of breaking their covenant with God, and highlights how their idolatry has led to injustice and the neglect of the poor.
The Book of Amos is an intriguing Scripture from a unique individual, Amos, a shepherd and fig tree farmer dwelling in southern Judah who is called by God to go to Bethel and announce warnings of judgment to the northern kingdom of Israel.
One last chance
Northern Israel had conquered other nations and enjoyed its recent successes, but was spiritually bankrupt on the inside. Worshiping local pagan gods twisted their moral perceptions, and the people of Israel infamously cheated, stole and sold their poor into slavery in foreign lands.
God is grieved by the evils he sees the people of Israel doing, but through His mercy, He is willing to give them another chance to change their ways. What can we learn by reading Amos today? Through Amos' wisdom, we discover that doing the right thing and loving others is more important than sacrifice to God, who desires to renew the hearts of everything through His coming Messiah King.
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.
Circling in Evildoing
Through sermons, poems and visions, Amos prophesies judgment against the nations surrounding Israel, and then the epicenter of Israel's wrongs. Consequences are carefully spelled out.
Power & Responsibility
Because of God's intimate covenant He made with the people of Israel, they are set to higher standards as His representatives on the earth. Israel should lead by example.
No One Like The Lord
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.
All Nations Under God
In the midst of gloomy judgment, a hopeful promise rings out. God will confront evil and create a restored family in a new world.
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