Amos

Amos Overview for tomorrow

The Book of Amos addresses:

  •  the excessive pursuit of luxury,
  • self-indulgence
  • oppression of the poor which characterized the period of prosperity and success in the Northern Kingdom of Israel under Jeroboam II.

This book is basically a message of judgment: prophecies of judgment on the nations AND  against Israel. Amos begins with a series of indictments against the seven neighbors of Israel, then Israel itself. The rich are condemned because of their oppression of the poor and for their religious hypocrisy.

True religion demands righteous living, and the way people treat others reveals their relationship with God.  (re-read that)

Amos was a prophet from Judah (southern) with a message to Israel(northern) during the reign of Uzziah (south) and Jeroboam (north). Imagine giving a message of doom to the other team? Ugg. Amos was not a prophet before this, a son of a prophet, or even a priest like Samuel. He was just a sheepherder, however, from his writing we can assume he was educated.

The two kingdoms during this time are at an all-time high. Peace with neighbors, Assyria was not as powerful, and prosperity was growing. Listen, God is not against prosperity, God is against sin. Unfortunately usually with increased prosperity comes increased sin. Amos goes to Bethel because Bethel was the capital of the Northern Kingdom. Idolatry was everywhere. As you may recall from reading 2 Kings they were worshipping a golden calf and going through the ‘religious motions’. Since the division of the nation into North and South 200 years has passed. God has already sent Elijah, Elisha, and Jonah. With not a single degree of the nation turning from their sinful ways, God now sends people like Amos and Hosea at the same time to warn them. This time the Lord wants the message delivered courageously and directly, and Amos will do just that.

People who think that God is all about wrath and punishment need to dig into the Prophecy books. He loves His people so much that He is giving them opportunity after opportunity of warning to repent! And He is IGNORED.

I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. (Jonah 4:2)

I sat at the pool today with my earbuds in and did a “listen through” of the book of Amos.  It was an easy read but I will tell you it rocked my world!  I can’t wait for you to read it. (Honestly, I don’t think you will need to read the blog the next 2 days….you got this!)

4 thoughts on “Amos Overview for tomorrow

  1. I posted the words…. “True religion demands righteous living, and the way people treat others reveals their relationship with God.  (re-read that)” to Facebook today. …These words really stood out to me over everything today. I wish people didn’t have hateful hearts. I wish we were all motivated by love and not hate or indifference. People have strayed so far away from Gods word and teachings. It’s such a big world we live in, I just wish everyone could get along. Accept people for their indifferences bc that’s what makes us all unique! Love one another and build each other up instead of tearing each other down.

    I’m sorry but I’m really missing my Mama right now and not feeling this Covid crap anymore. I’m very emotional lately bc it’s starting to sink in that our lives have come to this new “normal”! I’ve lost months with my 92 year old mother. The reality is that I may never get to hold her hand again. 😔
    Sorry for the sermon.

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    1. I think about how parallel the Bible read has been for us. We committed to this read this year for a reason. I didn’t know at the time what it was, but it is all coming together. I am in awe of how the Bible has lined up for us this year. We read “In the Beginning” when things were great. We read the Psalms, a book about taking time to have a quiet relationship with God. We started Proverbs, about how to treat others and their property when the riots began and now we are reading about a divided nation. It freaks me out. I was texting with a young man today, you might know him…his name is Lucas. We were talking about all the things I “can’t” or “won’t” say on the blog. The more I read the Bible the more I realize we, myself included, have ignored God and His ways. I am almost afraid to read the New Testament. But Marla, here is what I do know. Imagine going back to January 1 and you decided NOT to be in God’s Word like this and the 2020 year still happened. Where would you be today? We don’t have our family, we don’t have our friends, social media is a hot mess that is dividing this country, BUT you have this Book that keeps us so close to God this year. He knew it! Years ago, a Mom and her 3 daughters committed to the reading. You know them. One of the daughters passed away that year while we were reading. The first thing I thought of was God Knew! He knew the family would need HIm to get through this so He called them all to the read-through! 2020 sucks. BUT 2020 is also the year that you literally are reading every word God wrote! 2020 may be our worst year BUT knowing God’s character might make 2020 our best year!

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  2. Oh my goodness, I’m just seeing this. You are so right. It has been amazing to see how this read has lined up with our lives this year. I do feel like my relationship with God has grown. I have to tell you… I pray daily for the good lord to help me understand what I’m reading each day. It’s very hard for me to comprehend some of this. The struggle is real! I sometimes call Lucas and make him explain what the heck I’m reading. 😅🤦🏻‍♀️LoL…I’m determined to finish it this time though…I know the family you are talking about. 😘 I do believe you in the fact that everything happens for a reason. I’m seeing it more and more each day! I am so thankful for this bible study this year and especially for you. You put so much heart, soul, time and effort into it. I know Lucas is grateful for your friendship and so am I!! We love you Trish! ❤️

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    1. Marla, I dropped off two Bible’s at Lucas’s house. One has a crazy good commentary. Man, you people live far! I needed a passport to practically go there. Anyway, I threw it in his mailbox, left, and THEN told them they were there. My hair was spiked from the convertible…I was in camo pants…no makeup.I looked like an lunatic…so a fled the scene! Anyway….go get it and try the commentary that goes with it…it is so good. Hey Lucas, if you are reading this, get in the car and bring that to your mother.

      BUT LISTEN…Someone asked me what do I do to write these. It is somewhere in the comments. I CAN’T UNDERSTAND HALF OF IT EITHER. I have to read, text, podcast, all day. THIS IS HARD STUFF. I preread for tomorrow and it was like Japanese! Cush and smooth-skinned people…what are they talking about??? (I count the days we are out of Isaiah!!!)

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