Prepare To Meet Your God (4 of 9) by Ernest Easley
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Series: Fig Picker Turned Prophet
Dr. Ernest Easley
We're learning these days from a minor prophet who had a major proclamation to the people of God. Take your Bible and turn please to Amos 4.
The book of Amos consists of eight prophecies .. three sermons .. five visions .. and five promises. Chapters 1-2 contain the eight prophecies of Amos. Chapters 3-6 contain the three sermons of Amos. Chapters 7-9.10 contain the five visions of Amos. And Chapters 9.11-15 contain the five promises of Amos.
We come to chapter 4 in our study of Amos. One sermon is down with two to go. We find the second sermon of Amos in chapter 4.
We're thinking under the general heading: "Fig Picker Turned Prophet." And now as we come to chapter 4 ... we're thinking on this subject:
As Amos declares, "Prepare to meet your God" .. I want you to notice several things from chapter 4.
(1) THE PRESSURE FROM THE WOMEN.
vv.1-3 ... v.1, "Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria." Now .. these are not words you would want to use to speak to the women's ministry in your church. This fig-picker turned prophet addresses the women of Bashan.
Bashan was known for its lush pastures. Micah 7.14, "Shepherd Your people with your staff, the flock of your heritage, who dwell solitarily in a woodland, in the midst of Carmel; Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old." Bashan was that area located just east of the Jordan. And Amos calls the women "cows."
The women of Bashan reminded Amos of cows! Now .. he wasn't referring to their appearance ... but rather .. their attitude. Just as the cows of Bashan lived in ease and in wealth ... expecting everything to be given to them to devour .. so were the women of Bashan.
Look what these women were doing. Verse 1b, "who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to your husbands, 'Bring wine, let us drink!'" What ...
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