This post is worth reading. The Prophet Amos is worth revisiting as we continue to pray about current concerns,
Amos, name means burden or burden-bearer, was a shepherd called by God to prophesy to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. At that time Israel was a very rich and spoiled culture.
Chapter 1 through 2:5 is prophesy against Northern Israel’s neighbors – Damascus, Gaze, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab, Judah. Amos uses a paragraph to describe the sins of each kingdom. 2:6-8 Lists of five sins for which Israel will be crushed. Is. 30:10-11 They didn’t want the prophets saying what is right and wrong; they only wanted pleasant things. Stop confronting us with the Holy One, they demanded. Paul speaks of those who have itching ears—who only want to hear good things. Does that sound like contemporary prophets/preachers? 15 God asks for repentance, they answer “No, we’ll just run away on our horses.” Sort of “we’ll do it our own way.”
3:2 Israel was highly favored by God. This makes…
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thanks, Faye. Amos is really a book for the present day culture. It speaks so closely to our struggle between socialism and capitalism. I’m doing Friday Fictioneers tomorrow but next day I’ll think I will go to an Amos theme again.