References within the book of Amos tell us that he lived during the days of Jeroboam II, the ruler of Israel, the northern kingdom B. Amos was a rancher or a farmer in the southern kingdom whom God called to travel to the north to call the northern kingdom to accountability. Other clues within the book narrow down the time of his prophecy within Israel to approximately B. Yet the book has to be interpreted in light of the confrontation he has with the high priest of Israel, Amaziah.
I know that requires a little bit of explanation. A lot of people come up and say to me, as old as you are, you are not wearing your glasses. But if not as the word of God says, the eyes are becoming dim with age. The reason for it is the translation of the text of Amos is a bit more accurate in the New American Standard Bible edition.
We do not know anything about this earthquake of which Amos prophesied here or of which he mentions here. And unfortunately, therefore, we cannot say anything in explanation of this earthquake.
We just know there was an earthquake and Amos refers to it. We thank Thee for the faithfulness of the prophet who in the ordinary life of a businessman found himself taken up with the word of God and with the ministry of the truths of Holy Scripture.
And we thank Thee for the faithfulness with which he carried out his tasks and for the marvelous way in which Thou hast preserve these prophetic messages down through the centuries. And we thank Thee for the privilege of reading them and pondering them and, Lord, we pray that Thou wilt give us the motivation and the enablement to live in the light of the things of which Amos speaks.
May Amos be a prophet not simply to northern Israel in the days of the 8th Century but a prophet for us today in the 20th Century. We give Thee thanks for the whole church of Jesus Christ today, and pray Thy blessing upon the whole body wherever they may be.
We pray that the ministry of the word may be rich and profitable and building, edifying to all of the saints of God today. And we pray, too, that a church of Jesus Christ may be used as a testimony to Thy grace and in an evangelistic way may the gospel go forth and may there be response to it.
For those, Lord, who are troubled and who are weak and feeble and sick and perplexed, we ask, Lord, Thy blessing upon them and especially for those who we know and whose names are in our calendar of concern.
We pray for them. We ask Thy blessing upon them. May those needs represented there find a welcome ear in heaven. And, Father, we pray for our country. We ask that in these very difficult days that there may be a return to the principles that are set forth in holy Scripture, in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.
May there be responsiveness to the truth of God in our society. We recognize how chaotic things seem to be becoming, and we ask that there may be responsiveness to the word of God that the law of God may be recognized as significant in our day and useful in the everyday affairs of life.
We give Thee thanks for Believers Chapel and for the ministry for the word of God here. And we ask for our elders and for our deacons and for our members and our friends that there may be responsiveness on our part and effective service of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Bless the ministry that goes forth by the radio, by the printed page, and we pray Thy blessing upon the staff of the chapel and ask especially for them. We commit this service to Thee.
We pray thy blessing upon the hymn that we sing. May we sing it truly from the heart in appreciation in all that Thou hast done for us.
Amos lived in an age of some of the greatest of the Hebrew prophets. In fact, his age has been called the golden age of Hebrew prophecy. In Israel in the north, there was Amos and Josea ministering there; and then in Judah, Isaiah, perhaps the greatest of the prophets, and Micah as well. That would be enough to justify the study of Amos but there are other reasons as well.
For example, it was a day of affluence. Turn to chapter 3 in verse In chapter 2 in verse 6 and verse 7, one notices some of the rackets that characterized his day as well. These who pant after the very dust of the earth on the head of the helpless Also turn aside the way of the humble; And a man and his father resort to the same girl In order to profane My holy name.
Slavery was characteristic of that time, and Amos refers to it there. In chapter 8 in verse 5, the apostle or the prophet speaks of business rackets. Bring your sacrifices every morning, Your tithes every three days.Amos was a shepherd before the spirit of prophecy came over him. He was a herdsman from the village of Tekoa, and a dresser of sycamore trees.
He began his prophecies "in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, the . Amos: Amos, the first Hebrew prophet to have a biblical book named for him.
He accurately foretold the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel (although he did not specify Assyria as the cause) and, as a prophet of doom, anticipated later Old Testament prophets. The little that is known about Amos’. Jul 22, · Purpose of Writing: Amos is a shepherd and a fruit picker from the Judean village of Tekoa when God calls him, even though he lacks an education or a priestly background.
Amos' mission is directed to his neighbor to the north, Israel. Amos is the third of the Minor Prophets, the last twelve books of the Old Testament. When God had a message for the people, He gave his message through the prophets.
These messages came in visions, oracles, dreams, parables, and the like. Far from being an illiterate shepherd, the prophet was a man of refinement and substance, aware of past events and current conditions in Israel and Judah, as well as in the surrounding nations.
Amos wrote at a very significant time in Israel's history (Amos ). Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.
But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’”.