Amos 3:1-2

Amos begins his second series of oracles.  Remember that the Israelites listening to Amos are likely shocked to hear they are in danger of judgment.  Times are good, they worship Yahweh as they have for almost two centuries, God’s blessing is clearly in their lives, and their behavior has been rationalized for so long that […]

Amos 2:4-5

Amos has prophesied against the pagan nations around Israel.  He began with those who are not related – Aram, Philistia, Phoenicia – and moved to the ones who share a blood relation to Israel – Edom, Ammon, Moab.  Now he speaks against the closest nation both geographically and relationally – Judah.  He is slowly coming […]