Amos – Fallen Nation

Amos 5:1-3 1 Hear this word which I take up against you, a lamentation, O house of Israel: (a) 2 The virgin of Israel has fallen; (b) She will rise no more. (a’) She lies forsaken on her land; (b’) There is no one to raise her up. (x) 3 For thus says the Lord God: (c) “The city that goes out by a thousand (d) Shall have a hundred left, (c’) And that which goes out by a hundred (d’) Shall have ten left to the house of Israel.” Last time we made some observations in verse Amos 5:1. We discovered the word “lamentation” to ...

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Amos – Amos 5:1

Amos 5:1-3 1 Hear this word which I take up against you, a lamentation, O house of Israel: 2 The virgin of Israel has fallen; She will rise no more. She lies forsaken on her land; There is no one to raise her up. 3 For thus says the Lord God: “The city that goes out by a thousand Shall have a hundred left, And that which goes out by a hundred Shall have ten left to the house of Israel.”   Last time I fully intended to dig into Amos chapter five and ended up leading my readers on a bit of a rabbit trail. Hopefully some will ...

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Love that Motivates

How are you at forming and maintaining relationships? For several years now, I have been acutely aware that I missed a great deal as I grew up. So many of the men that I enjoy learning from are men whose fathers played a critical role in their lives. I so often hear (and I am sure you do as well) of the impact good fathers have had on their children. I didn’t have a father. I didn’t have a heritage passed on to me. I didn’t have anyone teach me the basics of getting along in life—such as how to shave, how to raise kids, or how to love. I grew up hearing about love ...

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Amos – Chapter 5 Introduction

As I approached the fifth chapter of the book of Amos I noticed some difficult text. This got me thinking about the two main types of delivering the Word of God. One of the types would allow us to easily avoid the difficult passages.   As you read take note of the multiple times I use the word “preaching” in this article. Although preaching from the pulpit is certainly a part of it, what I mean to address is more inclusive. In this article, when I say “preaching”, in my thinking I am including Bible studies, devotional articles, books, one on one ...

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Amos – Prepare to Meet Thy God

Amos 4:12-13           12 “Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel;    Because I will do this to you,    Prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”           13 For behold,    He who forms mountains,    And creates the wind,    Who declares to man what his thought is,    And makes the morning darkness,    Who treads the high places of the earth—    The LORD God of hosts is His name.   I believe the last two verses in the fourth chapter in Amos are transitional in nature. ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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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