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The Lion Roars (2 of 9)
Series: Fig Picker Turns Prophet
Dr. Ernest Easley
Now take God's Word and turn please to the book of Amos. This Fig Picker turned Prophet gives us a wealth of information in the first two verses of chapter one.
For instance ... we learned in verse 1 about:
(1) The Profession of Amos.
And in doing so .. we learned several things:
... the definition of his name (burdened, to carry a load);
... the diversity of his work (rancher and farmer);
... the description of his call ("and the Lord said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel."
(2) The Period of Amos.
... it was a peaceful period. They were at peace with their enemies.
... it was a prosperous period. The terrorities were expanding under Uzziah and Jeroboam.
... it was a pious period. They were very religious .. yet very lost. Their worship had become merely social rather than spiritual. It resulted in immorality. The preachers remained silent in fear of losing their jobs!
(3) The Pronouncement of Amos.
Just as a lion roars as it leaps upon its prey .. God is about to leap in judgment upon the people. The pronouncement has been given and beginning with verse 3 ... The Lion Roars!
Amos 3.4, "Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? (the answer is no) Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing? (again, the answer is no). This lion has caught it's prey! And Amos goes on to say in ...
Amos 3.8, "The Lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord has spoken! Who can but
The Lion is about to Roar! We're thinking under the general heading: Fig Picker Turns Prophet. As we come to verse 3 ... we're thinking on this subject:
The Lion Roars
Now .. before we read the roars from the Lion ... it may be helpful to observe several things about these roars. So .. by way of introduction ... I want you to notice that each roar that sounds is ...
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