Thursday, April 3, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 60 Saturday

Amos 6:1-7:17

Amos found his life to be in danger because of his prophecies predicting the captivity of his people.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God commanded the rich who thought they were secure because they trusted in the mountain of Samaria as their defense to consider some of the important mountains of other countries in comparison. They were to note that those mountains and borders were inadequate to protect their inhabitants.

Does God make any promises?

  • The rich would be the first to be taken captive.
  • Amaziah, the priest of Bethel (most likely a false priest and not of the line of Aaron), told Amos to stop prophesying in Israel. As a result, God said that Amaziah's wife would become a prostitute, his children would die by the sword, his lands would be divided as spoils, and he himself would die in a polluted land.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the LORD of hosts.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Amos witnessed the grasshoppers and the fire consuming Jacob and he prayed for respite. God showed him a plumbline by which the people would be compared. One day Jacob will arise and be great. They will again measure up to the standards of their God as mentioned in Revelation.

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