Amos 9:1-10

God shows Amos the final vision of His coming judgment.  Amos begins to proclaim his final words to the Israelites and assures them there is no hope of escaping what is coming for the sinners among the people. 1-4 This vision has very little introduction.  Amos does not say that God showed him something and […]

Amos 8:1-14

God shows Amos a fourth vision to illustrate the ultimate consequences of Israel’s sin.  As a result, Amos proclaims to Israel why judgment is coming and what it entails. 1-3 God shows Amos a basket of summer fruit and tells him it signifies that the end is near for Israel.  Just like in the third […]

Amos 5:18-6:14

Amos continues his condemnation of Israel by pointing out the people’s ignorance of what is coming and their ignorance of their true standing before God. 5:18-20 This is the first mention of the day of the Lord in the Old Testament (chronologically speaking).  Apparently the people hold to a tradition that there is a coming […]

Amos 5:1-17

Amos ended his remarks in Chapter 4 with a hymn recounting the power of God.  He now switches to a dirge to describe the death that awaits Israel.  His hearers are likely jarred by the change in tone.  Amos begins to chant as if he is in a funeral procession mourning the death of a […]

Amos 4:4-13

Amos continues his condemnation of Israel.  He discusses their worship and reminds his listeners that God’s coming wrath is not without warning. 4-5 Bethel is the main place of worship.  It was set up by Jeroboam I soon after the kingdoms split.  It is one of two places – along with Dan – where Jeroboam […]

Amos 3:9-4:3

Amos begins to give more detail about Israel’s coming destruction as well as more detail about why they have earned God’s wrath.  He makes sure his listeners understand these are God’s words as he repeatedly tells them, “Thus says Yahweh,” or “Thus says Sovereign Yahweh.” 9-12 Amos calls for the wealthy residents (the wealthy are […]

Amos 2:6-16

Amos has finished his prophecies about the surrounding nations and now reaches his main message – his proclamations against Israel itself.  Interestingly, his initial condemnations are similar to the charges made against the pagans.  The people of Israel are no longer distinguishable from the people without the law. As noted before, Amos’ listeners could very […]

Amos – Overview & Introduction

Amos is a book of prophecies and condemnations proclaimed by a shepherd from Tekoa – a town just south of Bethlehem in Judah.  Not a prophet by trade, Amos describes himself in the book as a herdsman and a grower of sycamore figs (7:14).  Amos is called by God to prophesy against the Northern Kingdom […]