Amos 7:7-17

Amos sees a third vision and has a verbal confrontation with the high priest of Bethel. 7-9 God shows Amos a third vision after the two visions of destruction.  Unlike the first two, this vision does not show the future but shows God’s reason for the coming judgment. Amos sees God standing by a wall […]

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 – 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 […]