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Mar19
THE MINOR PROPHETS
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Amos 1:1 - 15
Date: Mar 19th, 2017
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“WHO is Amos?” 1:1


- Tekoa: rural village 12 miles south of Jerusalem in Judah


- Herdsman: of a special kind of sheep cf. 7:14 – one who tended


sycamore trees = a knowledge of the rugged wilderness of the


area _comes out in his messages 3:4, 5, 12; 5:8, 19; 9:9


- a disciplined man with a good knowledge of the Scriptures


- Name: Amos means to lift a burden, to carry, ‘Burden-bearer’ =


able to bear up under the God-given burden of declaring


judgment


 


“WHEN did Amos Speak for God?” 1:1


- during reign of Uzziah (Judah) & Jeoboam II (Israel) _Overlap


of Reigns = 767-753 B.C. cf. 2 Kings 14:23 -15:7


- major earthquake 2 years after prophecy cf. Zech.14:5 (200 years


Later)


- 7:11 – anticipates the Assyrian captivity


- Good years for Judah and Israel = successful economy and in


military-> increased materialism, immorality, and injustice…


Israel thought life was so good that the downfall Amos


prophesied was unimaginable


 


“WHY did Amos Speak for God?”


- while Israel prospered, God saw their greed, injustice,


oppression of the poor, hypocrisy (ritual worship), and arrogance


- God’s holiness and justice would not tolerate Israel’s SIN, and


their refusal to REPENT (Chapter 4) indefinitely


- Amos, prophet to Israel was bold, unflinching, and relentless to proclaim the causes and course of Israel’s doom = URGENCY


 


Key Theme: Judgment of Israel


Key Verses: 3:1, 2 – Punishment for Sin


8:11-12 – Famine re: hearing the Word of God


Key Chapter: 9:11-15 – only 5 of 146 verses promise Consolation


or Restoration when the Messiah returns


 


Overview of the Book of Amos (see attached)


 


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“What Does Amos’ Prophecy Teach US?”


- Answer = “Don’t be like Israel! Be a God-follower, a Christ-


follower.” What does this look like? What does it mean?


 


1. I receive God’s Word as Truth


- God spoke Heb.1:1, 2 cf. Matt.4:4 (Why? – to live)


- It is TRUE: Israel was exiled to Assyria in 722 B.C., as prophesied


POINT: Believe what God says _the BIBLE


 


2. I recognize the LORD


- His Person: “the Lord Almighty” 9:5; “Sovereign” (19X in Amos);


“Holy” 4:2 = pure, above us cf. 1 John 1:5, 6 –“God is light…”


- His Plea: “Seek me and live” 5:4, 6, 14


- His Patience: God gave Israel ample warning in the form of hunger,


drought, failed crops, and plagues yet Israel would NOT repent


4:6-11 cf. 2 Peter 3:9 –God is patient in giving time to repent.


 


3. I recognize that Sin WILL be Judged


- Rom.6:23 = choose to sin/choose to suffer


- 4:12, 13 = “Prepare to meet your God…reveals his thought to man.”


cf. Amos 5:18 = God told them…without excuse for sin.


- New Testament: Heb.9:27; 2 Cor.5:10 cf. Prov.24:12; Heb.10:26-31 =


connects O.T. with N.T. = God has NOT changed


POINT: God’s “wrath” is with JUST cause cf. John3:36


 


4. I respond to God’s Promise of Deliverance by Believing Him


- Life through Jesus John 5:24; 1 John5:11-13


- Rom.6:23, 8:1…Ask, “Am I “in Christ”?” -> Change / Holiness


- Amos 9:11-15 = Blessing to believing Israel and every believer in


Christ at His coming Phil.3:20, 21; 1 John 3:1-3; Titus 2:11-14


 


5. I am responsive DAILY to Following Jesus


= open to self-examination in view of God’s revealed standards…not


comparing ourselves to one another; seeing ourselves as God sees us


- 2 Peter 1:3-11 = growing steadily lest we, with all the privileges of a


believer, become callous and have false security regarding eternity


…Israel’s big problem = arrogance = not listening to God


POINT: the BIBLE and ME -> Obedience = be like Jesus