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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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? ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Amos – Perpetrators and Victims

I would encourage you to read at least Amos chapters one and two. In Amos 1:3-2:16, we find the prophetic messages of punishment upon eight specific people groups. Though the details differ, the prophet uses a repeating pattern in each of the messages. As I see it, each of the eight messages share the following literary components: Thus says the LORD For three transgressions of <people group> and for four I will not turn away its punishment Because…[they did something wicked] -> [to some people group/or to GOD] In four of the eight ...

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Amos – Three And Four

I might call this study a little unusual for me. As a matter of practice I like to make an effort to keep verses in their textual context, but today I have purposely pulled eight verses out of their respective textual positions in order to consider them as a whole. But wait, it gets worse! I’m not even looking at the whole of each verse! Before you stone me for breaking the “context, context, context” rule, I promise lumping these non-contiguous verses together for consideration will in no way pollute the original meaning. As a matter of fact, considering them ...

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Amos – When God Roars

Amos 1:2    And he said:    “The LORD roars from Zion,    And utters His voice from Jerusalem;    The pastures of the shepherds mourn,    And the top of Carmel withers.”   We find the antecedent for the pronoun “he” in verse one to be the prophet Amos. Take note how Amos begins his prophetic message. “The LORD roars from Zion…”. When we read this we understand the LORD to be God. But to the ancient hearers they understood the use of the word in a more specific sense. This was not just God, it was Yahweh (His ...

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Amos – The Journey

Amos 1:1       The words of Amos, who was among the sheepbreeders of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. Amos 1:1 tells us that this sheep breeder and Arborist (7:14) turned prophet was from a place called Tekoa (תְּקוֹעַ, teqoa', “the place for pitching tents”). Tekoa is almost twelve miles south of Jerusalem. Although the book of Amos contains words of judgement to more than a single people group, the phrase ...

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