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The Way to Life (5 of 9)
Series: Fig Picker Turned Prophet
Dr. Ernest Easley
Take your Bible and turn to Amos. Yes ... he is considered a minor prophet .. but not because of his influence .. but because of the length of his message. His message was short ... yet significant.
We're thinking under the general heading: Fig Picker Turned Prophet for we read in Amos 7.14-15, "I was no prophet, nor was I a son of a prophet, but I was a herdsman and a tender of sycamore fruit. Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock and the Lord said to me, "Go, prophesy to my people Israel."
Here was an ordinary man who became extraordinary when he followed God's will for his life. He had no formal seminary training. He had no formal education. He received his education as he spent time alone with God and God honored that and rather than using a professional prophet ... he used this unexpected rancher/farmer to reveal his message to his people.
Now .. we've seen that the book of Amos can be divided into four sections:
(1) Eight prophecies ... (Amos 1-2)
(2) Three sermons ... (Amos 3-6)
(3) Five visions .... (Amos 7-9.10)
(4) Five promises ... (Amos 9.11-15)
So ... the book of Amos is a series of Prophecies .. Sermons .. Visions .. and Promises. Now .. we come to chapter 5 in our study. So .. take your Bible and turn to Amos 5.
We are in the second section of the book. We have seen in this section two sermons. Now we come to the third of his three sermons. Each sermon begins with the words, "Hear this word."
The first sermon is found in 3.1, "Hear this word." The second sermon is found in 4.1, "Hear this word." And now we come to chapter 5.1, "Hear this word."
Every sermon we preach should have such an urgency that we can stand before our people week after week and declare, "Hear this word!" The tragedy in our day is that in the average pulpit most words are not worth hearing. Most words are not anointed. ...
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