Introduction to Amos (1 of 9) by Ernest Easley

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Introduction to Amos (1 of 9)
Series: Fig Picker Turned Prophet
Ernest Easley
Amos 1:1-2

Take your Bible and turn please to the book of Amos. Though Amos is considered a ''minor prophet'' is influence and impact is anything but minor.

In fact . being a ''minor prophet'' does not refer to the significance of his message . but rather the length of his message. The message Amos thundered out in his day. is the same message God's prophets need to thunder out in this today: Repent or Ruin!

Sin is either forgiven or judged. Sin is either pardoned in Christ or punished in Hell. And how I pray that God will raise up some prophets from this generation like Amos! Men of conviction! Men of courage! Men of commitment! Men that will stand without apology . without compromise . and declare, ''Hear this word that the Lord has spoken.''

As we begin our study of the thunderings of Amos . look if you will to Amos 1.1, ''The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.''

Now by way of introduction .

v.1, ''The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa.'' It's not a very impressive resume is it? ''Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa.''
-the definition of his name. (v.1)

The name ''Amos'' means ''to carry a load'' or ''sustained or burdened.'' Here is a man who carried a load a burden with him. And as we're going to discover the greatest burden he carried dealt with the sin of his nation!
-the diversity of his work. (v.1b)

The diversity of his skill his trade is seen in two places. First . herein v.1, ''who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa.'' Tekoa was a small village about twelve miles southeast of Bethlehem in the wilderness of Judea. And from that insignificant village came a significant voice. We read here that
-Amos was a ranche ...

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