by David Cawston

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Prophecy of Amos (1 of 3)
Series: A Glimpse of the Minor Prophets
David Cawston


In the latter years of Jeroboam's reign, Amos proclaimed the word of God to the northern kingdom, Israel. He came to Symaria from the small village of Tekoa located some five miles south of Bethlehem. To earn his livelihood, he pastured sheep and dressed sycamore trees. While among the shepherds of Tekoa, Amos received a call from God to be a prophet. This call was so crystal clear that when the high priest took issue with Amos in Bethel, Amos refused to be silenced. Chapter 7:10-17.

The message of Amos reflected the luxury and ease of Israel during Jeraboam's reign. Trade with Phoenicia, tolls on caravan traffic across Israel and Arabia, and the northward expansion at Syria's expense, fatten Jeroboam's coiffures. It caused a rapid rise in the stand of living among the wealthy and widened the gap between classes. There were social evils that prevailed. With keen insight, Amos observed the moral corruption selfish luxury, oppression of the poor, as the wealthy ruthlessly accumulated more riches. In simple but forceful language, he boldly denounced the evils that have permeated the social economic political life of Israel. In religion, rituals were no substitute for righteousness, without which the nation of Israel could not escape the judgments of a righteous God.

Amos came from Judah to Jeroboam's domain to denounce the wealthy aristocracy and it is reasonable to assume that his ministry was tolerated only for a brief period. What happened to Amos, after Amaziah reported him to Jeroboam is not recorded. He may have been imprisoned, expelled or even martyred. Amaziah reported to Jerobaom that the land of Israel could not stand the harsh words that Amos was declaring. They were words of an impending doom and crisis that was inevitable. No one wanted to hear, but Amos was one of those voices crying out in the wilderness to prepare the way of Lord. ...

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