The Book of Amos. The Depths of Sin. Background to Amos. Amos comes from the village of Tekoa , south of Jerusalem Small mountain village Not a business center, more a shepherding community Amos is a commoner Not a priest, nor a member of the “School of Prophets,”
The Depths of Sin
“…in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam, son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.”
Amos is calling people to the truth that they already know – someone has to yank the scales from their eyes and tell them the consequences of their sin
God cannot suffer sin! – think about it: If God is holiness, he cannot allow unholiness to exist or he wouldn’t be holy.
But what about our sin? He doesn’t blow us up immediately….
Thus says the Lord: “As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part of a bed.
In other words – when a lion eats a sheep, it tears it to bits, and the only part you might rescue would be the leftovers. Israel, if it keeps sinning will be exactly like that….
So what does God think of our sin?
How often do we actually go to the lengths we need to in order to get rid of our sin? Do we just pray for forgiveness and change nothing? Or do we actually do what it takes to break the chain and make some changes?
Because it’s hollow and empty. They merely go through the motions – say all the right words but their hearts are not in it. Does that happen to us?
Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words. For Amos has said “Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile, away from his land.”
In other words, all the authorities at the time had discussed it and they all agreed that Amos had to go. When the “professionals” all say you are wrong, it almost doesn’t matter how right you are….
Amos goes back to Judah, and writes his words down into a book so that all would learn from Israel’s poor choices.
So what are the major takeaways?