Bible Journey > Amos

Here are my thoughts and highlights from Amos as I continue my journey through the Bible:

  • Amos was from Tekoa, a small town in Judah south of bethlehem, but went north to preach
  • Was a normal guy (a Shepherd) before God called him
  • Wrote around 767-753 B.C. (Uzziah is King of Judah and Jerobaom II is King of Israel)
  • God was angry at Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab, AND Judah, AND Israel. God’s hold people were no different than their unholy neighbors. Am I any different?
  • Amos uses the refrains: “God’s Message” and “God’s decree”
  • God has spoken—
    what prophet can keep quiet?
  • Amos used his experience as a shepherd in analogy:
    • In the same way that a shepherd
      trying to save a lamb from a lion
      Manages to recover
      just a pair of legs or the scrap of an ear,
      So will little be saved of the Israelites
      who live in Samaria
  • God’s not a big fan of religious show. Raised hands on Sunday need to accompany holy living throughout the week.
  • How often do I ignore God speaking through the circumstances of my life?
    • “I hit your crops with disease
      and withered your orchards and gardens.
      Locusts devoured your olive and fig trees,
      but you continued to ignore me.”
  • A theme in this book is war
  • God is called “יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי-צְבָאוֹת” “YHWH Elohiy Tsavote” “The LORD God of Armies”
  • All God wants are oceans of Justice and Rivers of fairness
  • Exploitation of other people, especially the poor, angers God
  • God won’t destroy Jacob so even in his anger his is still gracious
  • Amos and Joel both talk of God’s blessings in terms of “Wine pouring off the mountains”
  • Another fire and brimstone God’s anger prophecy book ends on a hopeful note of promised redemption

 

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