Tuesday’s Column: Dale Mail
MAJOR MESSAGES FROM A MINOR PROPHET: AMOS
Who’s The Prophet?
- Shepherd and fig tree farmer.
- Lived on the border of northern and southern kingdoms
- The North was ruled by Jeroboam the 2nd who brought wealth and prosperity to the people
What Are His predictions?
- Warning Israel, Judah, Benjamin and all nations of a coming destruction described as “the Day of the Lord.”
What Was His Purpose?
- He about the oppression of the poor, sexual immorality, greed, and corrupt government In the Northern kingdom
- The wealthy Israelites had become apathetic and spiritually lazy
SIMPLE CHAPTER BREAKDOWN
- 1-2 messages to the nations and Israel
- 3-6 poems expressing the message to leaders and people
- 7-9 God’s judgment is explained
SKY HIGH SNAPSHOTS
- The 9 chapter book spends time circling the surrounding nations and pointing out their evil. He starts with the nations furthest away from the people and works his way closer to the target, the Northern tribes.
- Amos expresses God’s anger towards Damascus, Gaza, Ammon, Moab, Edom, and even Judah
- Finally, the primary audience is shocked to hear that they (Northern territory) are the source of God’s anger as well
Top 2 Practical Lessons From The Book
Our lives will also be lessons for future generations. When they look back they will either say,
“we ought to live as they did” or
“we ought not live as they did.”
PLUGGING IT IN
“WHAT DOES GOD NEED FROM US?”
- God needs more fig tree farmers. He needs community preachers in the form of plumbers, school teachers, electricians, nurses, surveyors, dentists, accountants, mechanics, and engineers.
- We need more preachers. It’s more common than it was, but there’s a great need for gospel preachers in the LORDs church. Amos spoke for God, but he was in the minority.
- We need more elders. Great elders are rare. It’s been said and proven to be true, “The church will never outgrow the shadow of her leadership.”
- We need more seriousness. Not more piety, not an immovable allegiance to man’s tradition, more people who take their God seriously.
Amos in a sentence:
“Service does not mean salvation if our service is not from the heart.”
Real faithfulness means worship that is holy— not habitual. He wants committed people, not costume parties. He wants our attention to be placed on our purity, not our performance.