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Amos Archive

Amos 8 Bread of Heaven

June 18, 2013 @ 12:11 am

Continuation of our verse by verse bible study through the book of Amos.

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Amos 7 Treasuring up God’s Wrath

June 18, 2013 @ 12:09 am

Continuation of our verse by verse bible study through the book of  Amos.

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Amos 6 Holding The Truth in Unrighteousness

June 18, 2013 @ 12:07 am

Continuation of our verse by verse bible study through the book of Amos.

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Amos 5 Hearken, O Hypocrite, Hearken

May 8, 2013 @ 12:48 am

Continuation of our verse by verse bible study through the book of Amos.

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Amos 4 Worshipping God on a Shaky Foundation

May 8, 2013 @ 12:46 am

Continuation of our verse by verse bible study through the book of Amos.

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Amos 3 Respond to God’s Warning

May 8, 2013 @ 12:44 am

Continuation of our verse by verse bible study through the book of Amos.

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Amos 2 No Nation’s Culture Changes God

May 8, 2013 @ 12:42 am

Continuation of our verse by verse bible study through the book of Amos.

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Amos 1 An Unlikely Servant at An Unlikely Time

May 8, 2013 @ 12:41 am

Verse by verse bible study through the book of Amos.

Garry Merritt, Teacher

Amos was from Tekoa (1:1), a small town in Judah about 6 miles south of Bethlehem and 11 miles from Jerusalem. He was not a man of the court like Isaiah, or a member of a priestly family like Jeremiah and Ezekiel. He earned his living from the flock and the sycamore-fig grove (1:1; 7:14-15). Whether he owned the flocks and groves or only worked as a hired hand is not known. His skill with words and the strikingly broad range of his general knowledge of history and the world preclude his being an ignorant peasant. Though his home was in Judah, he was sent to announce God's judgment on the northern kingdom (Israel). He probably ministered for the most part at Bethel (7:10-13; see 1Ki 12:28-30 and notes), Israel's main religious sanctuary, where the upper echelons of the northern kingdom worshiped.

The book brings his prophecies together in a carefully organized form intended to be read as a unit. It offers few, if any, clues as to the chronological order of his spoken messages -- he may have repeated them on many occasions to reach everyone who came to worship. The book is ultimately addressed to all Israel (hence the references to Judah and Jerusalem).

Date and Historical Situation

According to the first verse, Amos prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah over Judah (792-740 b.c.) and Jeroboam II over Israel (793-753). The main part of his ministry was probably carried out c. 760-750. Both kingdoms were enjoying great prosperity and had reached new political and military heights (cf. 2Ki 14:23 -- 15:7; 2Ch 26). It was also a time of idolatry, extravagant indulgence in luxurious living, immorality, corruption of judicial procedures and oppression of the poor. As a consequence, God would soon bring about the Assyrian captivity of the northern kingdom (722-721).

Israel at the time was politically secure and spiritually smug. About 40 years earlier, at the end of his ministry, Elisha had prophesied the resurgence of Israel's power (2Ki 13:17-19), and more recently Jonah had prophesied her restoration to a glory not known since the days of Solomon (2Ki 14:25). The nation felt sure, therefore, that she was in God's good graces. But prosperity increased Israel's religious and moral corruption. God's past punishments for unfaithfulness were forgotten, and his patience was at an end -- which he sent Amos to announce.

From NIV Study Bible.

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