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In the OT "FOR" Us?
Now all these things happened
unto them for ensamples:
and they are written for
upon whom the ends of the
world are come.
I Corinthians 10:11
whatsoever things were written aforetime
written for our learning,
we through patience and comfort of the scriptures
March 2, 2008, 2008
Prepare to Meet Thy God, O Israel
God's Judgment on Israel
Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel:
and because I will do this unto thee,
prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.
For, lo, he that formeth the mountains,
and createth the wind,
and declareth unto man what is his thought,
that maketh the morning darkness,
and treadeth upon the high places of the
The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.
Amos was a prophet of Judah, the southern kingdom,
Tekoa (1:1) the home of Amos
with a message to Israel, the northern kingdom, during the reigns of Uzziah,
king of Judah (792740 b.c.), and Jeroboam II, king of Israel (793753
Yet Amos would also today be called a layman, for he was neither a priest
nor a professional prophet, but a shepherd who also took care of sycamore
The sycamore was a species of fig of poor quality, a cross between fig
Key word - Captivity
one of the key words of the book (1:5, 6, 9, 15;
5:5, 27; 6:7; 7:9, 17; 9:4,14).
was 10 miles southwest of Jerusalem,
five miles from Bethlehem
at an elevation of 2,700 feet
at the edge of the pasturelands
overlooking the bleak wilderness of Judea.
Within 30 years these predictions were fulfilled!
Israel went from the zenith of its power to destruction and exile.
The reign of Jeroboam II had been very successful.
Amos's prophecy is dated approximately in about 750 b.c.
This prophecy seems to have been delivered on a visit to Bethel ( Amos
7:1014 ), about 30 years before the fall of Israel.
It is obvious from reading here, what Amos had to say was not very well
According to Josephus, a large earthquake ( 1:1
The earthquake (1:1) must
have been very severe, for it was remembered for 200 years (Zechariah
14:4-10) and was ominously compared to God's Day Christ's Second
occurred at the time when Uzziah was struck by leprosy
It had been some 200 years
The kingdom had been considerably enlarged (2
Israel was in the high tide of prosperity, but extra bold in its idolatry
and reeking with moral rottenness.
It was also a land of swearing, stealing, injustice, oppression, robbery,
adultery, and murder.
...since the Ten Tribes had set up the northern kingdom, with calf worship
as its religion (1 Kings 12:2633).
During part of this time, Baal worship also had been adopted, and many
of the abominable practices of Canaanite idolatry were still rampant.
God had already sent the prophets Elijah, Elisha, and Jonah.
But to no avail, Israel, hardened in its idolatry and wickedness, was speeding
toward ruin when God sent Amos and Hosea in a final effort to stop the
nation's mad dash toward death.
Amos 12. Doom of Israel and
The prophets of the Old Testament did not work in total isolation from
Some of the writing prophets could have known each other, although we have
no indication that they in fact did.
We can speculate that...
...as a boy, Amos could have known Jonah and heard him tell of his visit
Amos could also have known Elisha and heard him tell of his association
Jonah and Elisha were passing off the stage as Amos was coming on.
Joel also may have been Amos's friend or acquaintance or a near predecessor.
It may have been Joel's plague of locusts to which Amos refers (Amos
Hosea may have been in Bethel at the time of Amos's visit.
Hosea was the younger and continued his work after Amos was gone.
Isaiah and Micah were also beginning their prophetic ministry as Amos was
Amos starts with a general impeachment of the whole region: Damascus,
Gaza, Tyrus, Edom, Ammon, Moab, Judah, and Israel - eight nations in all.
He arraigns each under the same formula, for three sins, even for
four, and specifies their particular sins. He then centers his attention
on Israel in 2:6.
Amos 3. The Luxurious Palaces
1:3 - Damascus
because they have threshed gilead with threshing instruments of iron.
God's judgment: verses 4,5
1:6 - Gaza
because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them
up to Edom.
God's judgment: verse 7
1:9 - Tyrus
because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom and remembered not
the brotherly covenant:
God's judgment: verse 10
1:11 - Edom
because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all
pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever:...
God's judgment: verse 12
1:13 - Ammon
because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might
enlarge their border:
God's judgment: verses 14,15
2:1 - Moab
because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime
God's judgment: verses 2,3
2:4 - Judah
because they have despised the law of the LORD and have not kept his commandments,
and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:
God's judgment: verse 5
2:6 - Israel
because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of
shoes; that pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and
turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go
in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name: And they lay themselves
down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine
of the condemned in the house of their god.
God's judgment: verses 9-16
Amos 4. Prepare
to Meet Thy God, O Israel
Samaria , the capital of the northern kingdom
was situated on a hill 300 feet high,
in a valley of surpassing beauty,
surrounded on three sides by mountains.
It was as impregnable as it was beautiful.
Its palatial residences had been built on the backs of the poor (2:67;
3:10; 5:11; 8:47),
...with a heartlessness that would shock even the heathen Egyptians and
Bethel (v. 14), where Amos was
speaking (7:13), was one of the religious
centers of the northern kingdom, 12 miles north of Jerusalem.
Jeroboam I had set up a golden calf here to be worshiped (I
the other golden calf was set up at Dan in the north, which was still there
To this degenerate center of idolatry came Amos with God's final warning.
God told him so: vs 7 - Surely
the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants
Amos 5. The Day of the LORD
The pampered ladies of Samaria (vv.
13) were living in sumptuous indulgence on gains squeezed out
of the poor.
Kine (cows) of Bashan (v. 1)
were fatted animals, pampered until taken away for slaughter.
Within a few years these women would be taken away with hooks
Assyrians literally led their captives by ropes attached to hooks through
Ironically, the Israelites were pitiless in their cruelty, yet intensely
religious (vv. 45). What a satire
God's repeated efforts to save them had been in vain.
The time had come for the nation to meet its God (vv.
yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the
Amos 6. The Captivity
A lament over the fall of Israel (vv. 13)
another appeal to turn to God (vv. 49)
and another denunciation of their evil ways (vv.
Verses 1826 seem to indicate
that they were willing to turn and offer sacrifices to God instead of to
However, what Amos wanted was not sacrifices but a reformation of the heart,
a radical change in the way they lived.
Worship can actually not please God!
Amos 5:21-23 - during OT times
Acts 17:22-26 - TO us today!
As to be expected, folks don't like to hear the pastor / preacher tell
them the truth!
vs 10 - They hate
him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
Good advice even for us today... but not the same
consequences... well, not unless...
13-15 - Therefore
the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of
hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love
the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God
of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
A seriously dark day is coming
vss 18-20 - Woe
unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you?
the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from
a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand
on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness,
and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
Amos 7. Three Visions of Destruction
Over and over Amos contrasts the voluptuous ease, palatial luxury, and
feeling of security of the leaders and the rich with the intolerable sufferings
that are about to befall them.
What a verse that affects our 'musical Christianity today - especially
Christian couch potatoes!
1a, 4a, 5, - Woe
to them that are at ease in Zion ... That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch
themselves upon their couches, ... That chant to the sound of the viol,
and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;
Modern bibles change this verse to prove that music
for themselves is ok because david did it, too! See any modern bible
EXCEPT the KJB!
How long Amos was at Bethel is not known.
The grasshoppers (why 'locusts' in modern bibles) symbolize the
destruction of the land. Amos interceded, and God repented.
The fire is another symbol of the coming destruction. Again
Amos interceded, and again God repented
The plumb line indicates that the city is being measured for
Twice God had repented - but no more.
He had punished and punished, and forgiven and forgiven.
Their case was hopeless (vv.
Amos 8. The Basket of Ripe Fruit
But his repeated denunciations and warnings had a great impact on the land
Amaziah, the priest at Bethel, reported to Jeroboam II that Amos
was raising a conspiracy (vv. 1017).
But Amos grew bolder and bolder, telling Amaziah that the priest himself
would be a captive. (vv. 16,17)
Amos 9. The Future Glory of David's Kingdom
This is another symbol that the sinful kingdom was ripe for ruin.
And Amos reiterates the causes:
merciless brutality toward the poor.
Over and over, through many images, the Bible makes it plain that there
is no possible way to escape the consequences of continued and persistent
It came once, it will come again...
famine of hearing the words of the LORD
part of what apostasy is!
God's final word is this in 11-15:
Further prediction of exile (vv. 18).
Within 30 years it came to pass, and the apostate kingdom ceased to exist.
The restored throne of David (vv. 815).
An ever-recurrent prophetic vision of radiant days beyond the gloom.
Amos lived near Bethlehem, the city of David.
He took it to heart that the Ten Tribes had renounced the Davidic throne,
which God had ordained for His people, and that for 200 years they had
obstinately declined to return to its fold.
In days to come, David's kingdom, which they had despised,
will recover and rule, not over one nation only,
but over a world of nations, in eternal glory.