THE LION ROARS: AMOS Sunday 31 January to Sunday 21 February In the Old Testament book of Amos God roars like a lion in judgement over His people. He is grieved and angered by their corruption, injustice, indulgence, and exploitation of others. God’s desire is for His people—including us—to turn to Him in humility and for mercy and justice to flow like living water from our lives into the world. Join us for ‘The Lion Roars’ as we explore how we can seek justice in 2016 and beyond.
SERMONS 1—The Lion Roars (Amos 1:1–2:16) 2—The Lion Draws Near (Amos 3:1–6:14) 3—The Lion Will Judge (Amos 7:1–9:15) 4—The Lion of Justice (Amos 5:21–6:14)
THE BOOK OF AMOS Amos is part of the twelve books in the Old Testament known as the Minor Prophets. This distinction from the Major Prophets—Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel—is not based upon importance but rather the length of the books. The prophetic books represent a divine message from God for His people, delivered through an intermediary known as a prophet. Usually this God-given message included a warning regarding the dire consequences of continued disobedience to God’s law, but also a reminder of the promised blessing for obedience to God’s law.
WHO IS AMOS? In the first verse of the book we are told that Amos was not a professional prophet, but simply one of “the shepherds of Tekoa.” Tekoa was a small village southeast of Bethlehem in Judah, the southern kingdom. Amos, however, was called by God to leave shepherding and the fields of Tekoa to deliver a prophetic message to the people of Israel in the northern kingdom.
WHAT WAS AMOS’ MESSAGE? Amos lived during the time when God’s chosen people, the Israelites, were divided into two separate kingdoms—the southern kingdom of Judah and the northern kingdom of Israel. At this point in history (eighth-century BC), the northern kingdom of Israel was enjoying a period of remarkable stability and prosperity. As a result, there was a large class of wealthy people—not unlike us—preoccupied with luxuries, exotic food, extravagant parties, beauty, leisure, and sex. This wealthy class of people, however, were using their position of power to oppress and exploit the poor. Within the justice system there was corruption and bribery, and the worship of God had become increasingly idolatrous. In fact, the wealthy had even come to the conclusion that their privilege and prosperity was a sign of God’s blessing. God sent Amos from Judah to Israel to destroy this false notion and to warn them of impending doom as a result of their idolatry, corruption, and injustice. Amos was sent to call them to repent—to “seek the Lord and live…” (Amos 5:6)
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