60 results for author: Mark Hathaway


Amos – A Loving God?

I can’t tell you the number of times I have shared my faith over the years and heard the objection, “How could a loving God send anyone to hell?” If you are a believer in Jesus Christ you may already have a response to this very short-sighted question. Maybe your answer is, “God doesn’t send anyone to hell, they choose hell when they reject Jesus Christ as saviour.” If that’s your answer you’re correct, but your response may be missing the actual question.   I suspect that when they ask “How could a loving God send anyone to hell?” they may actually want to know if, “God really is a loving God?” In the book of ...

Amos – Poetry?

Wouldn’t it be reasonable to expect the author to know something of his subject before he writes? Yet I must confess my lack of knowledge before we can progress. Amos 4:6-11 appears to be in Hebrew poetic form, but I don’t know. Why then would I mention it you may ask? Let me explain. I do know that Hebrew poetry does not rely on rhyme and meter as in the English language. It instead employs the concept of literary parallelism. You very easily encounter Hebrew poetry in the Psalms. There are many forms of parallelism and some of them are difficult to identify. I’ll mention a few of the more popular and easily recognizable forms. Someone ...

Amos – Come Sin!

Amos 4:1-5 should be considered a single discourse, or logical chunk of scripture for study. However, we have previously discussed verses one and two, so today we pick up at verse three. Starting in vese one Amos addresses the wives of the Northern Kingdom of Israel’s capital city Samaria. He points out their abuses against the poor and needy as just one evidence of their wickedness and warns them of God’s impending judgement. Amos 4:3             3 You will go out through broken walls,    Each one straight ahead of her,    And you will be cast into Harmon,”    Says the LORD.   ...

Amos – Cows of Bashan

As we approach Amos chapter four I feel compelled to say it seems to be an unusual chapter. But then another question immediately comes to mind. Which chapters of the Bible could we say are “usual”? God’s Holy book the Bible is full of wonderful and unique narrative, poetry, instruction and more. Instead of saying the chapter is unusual, maybe I will just say that as I began to peer into the fourth chapter of Amos, I was surprised (you probably won’t be) at what I learned. Amos 4:1-2 1     Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria,    Who oppress the poor,    Who crush the needy, ...

Amos – Thus Says the Lord

Amos 3:12 - 15           12 Thus says the LORD:      “As a shepherd takes from the mouth of a lion    Two legs or a piece of an ear,    So shall the children of Israel be taken out    Who dwell in Samaria—    In the corner of a bed and on the edge of a couch!           13 Hear and testify against the house of Jacob,”    Says the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,           14 “That in the day I punish Israel for their transgressions,    I will also visit destruction on the altars of Bethel;    And the horns of the altar shall be cut off ...

Amos – Therefore?

Amos 3:11 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:    “An adversary shall be all around the land;    He shall sap your strength from you,    And your palaces shall be plundered.”   When I first began this study in the book of Amos I was determined I would not go verse by verse through the book, but rather do more of a quick survey. I thought it would be easier to lend historical or cultural context where it seemed most needed. But truth be told I can’t help myself. When particular observations catch my eye I feel compelled, almost driven to slow down and explore the details. This propensity causes me to stop immedi...

Amos – Ashdod and Egypt

Amos 3:9       “Proclaim in the palaces at Ashdod,    And in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say:    ‘Assemble on the mountains of Samaria;    See great tumults in her midst,    And the oppressed within her.           10 For they do not know to do right,’    Says the LORD,    ‘Who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.’ ” In our consideration of the book of Amos we come to two interesting verses that would be very easy to gloss over. Why be tedious in our reading of these two verses? Isn’t their message obvious? Amos is saying, concerning Israel, there is ...

Amos – Question and Answer

Amos 3:1-8           3:1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying:           2 “You only have I known of all the families of the earth;    Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”           3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?           4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey?    Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing?           5 Will a bird fall into a snare on the earth, where there is no ...

Amos – Israel

In the book of Amos, the prophet delivers a message of punishment to eight different places. When comparing all eight segments together as a unit, one notices something interesting. The first six places are being punished for crimes they committed against some other people group. The seventh proclamation, against Judah, is made in Amos 2:4,  “Because they have despised the law of the LORD, And have not kept His commandments”.  According to this verse it isn’t sins against a neighboring people group that called down the wrath of God upon Judah, but rather sins committed directly against God. The Biblical reference concerning Judah acts as a ...

Amos – The Southern Kingdom

As we’ve previously discussed the prophet delivers a message of impending doom to eight different people groups. This is recorded for us in the first two chapters of the book of Amos. Six of the eight places were not in covenant relationship with God. However, both Judah and Israel, also known as the Southern and Northern kingdoms, were in covenant relationship with the God of Heaven. Let’s look at the prophecy delivered to the Southern Kingdom, Judah. Amos 2:4 “Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they have despised the law of the Lord, And have ...