Minor Prophets :Major Lessons Amos Amos 4:12 - "Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; Because I will do this to you, Prepare to meet your God, O Israel!"
Background Author – Shepherd, tree trimmer Amos 7:14 Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah: I was no prophet, Nor was I a son of a prophet, But I was a sheepbreeder And a tender of sycamore fruit. Date – 743 BC
Background From : Tekoa – city south of Jerusalem To : Israel (northern kingdom) Amaziah Historical Background – From Judah, sent to pronounce judgment against Israel during a time of peace and prosperity in Israel. Everything is looking good – but judgment is coming.
Outline of Amos • General Judgments – 1-2 • Against other nations – 1:1 – 2:3 • Against Judah – 2:4-5 • Against Israel – 2:6-16 • Specific Judgments against Israel – 3-6 • Sins of presumption – 3:1-15 • Sins of religious orthodoxy – 4:1-13 • Sins of moral / ethical corruption – 5:1-6:14
Outline of Amos • Symbolic visions of the coming judgment – 7:1 – 9:1 • The promised Messianic blessings – 9:11-15
Lesson : Patience will end • God is longsuffering – But He is also Holy. "For three transgressions of ___________, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment.” Amos 1:3 Damascus Amos 2:1 Moab Amos 1:6 Gaza Amos 2:4 Judah Amos 1:9 Tyre Amos 2:6 Israel Amos 1:11 Edom Amos 1:13 Ammon
Lesson : Patience will end • God is longsuffering – But He is also Holy. God is – patient, loving, kind, good, gentle God is also – pure, holy, righteous Habakkuk 1:13a You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, And cannot look on wickedness. While God is patient; His patience is not eternal. There will come an end to the patience. He will judge the wicked and punish them.
Lesson : God is no respector • God is no respecter of persons Amos 3:2-3 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? God will judge the lost. He will chasten His own people. Every person will stand before God.
Lesson : God is no respector 2 Chronicles 19:7 Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes." Romans 2:11 For there is no partiality with God. James 2:1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality
Lesson : God is no respector Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear;
Lesson : God is no respector Amos 4:12 "Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; Because I will do this to you, Prepare to meet your God, O Israel!" Most think this verse says – get ready to face God on judgment day. Most will say – Prepare, get ready, judgement is coming – Are you ready to face God?
Lesson : God is no respector Amos 4:12 "Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; Because I will do this to you, Prepare to meet your God, O Israel!" Context – previous verses in this chapter : God fought Egypt – plagues God fought Sodom – homosexuality God fought Ahab – no rain for 42 months Are you prepared to fight God and win?
Lesson : God can use you Amos 7:14 Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah: "I was no prophet, Nor was I a son of a prophet, But I was a sheepbreeder and a tender of sycamore fruit. Amos was not a “trained” preacher, prophet, or leader. You do not need a masters degree in Bible to teach the lost.
Conclusion • Amos teaches us that : • God's patience will end • God is no respecter of persons • God can use you to do His work