Memory Verse
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
Amos 5:4

Outwardly, everything was working well in Israel at the time that the book of Amos was written. The economy was booming, religion was growing, and their borders were expanding. It was a time of optimism. Then, the skunk at the garden party showed up – Amos. He looked at the outward success, but could see the dark underbelly of injustice, greed, hypocrisy, and oppression. He declares the coming judgment of God. 

Hymn: I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Sheet Music
Top 5 Facts to Remember
  1. God is patient, but there is coming a time when He will judge the world.
  2. God judged His people for their treatment of the poor.
  3. Judah was punished for despising the law of the Lord (Amos 2:4).
  4. The Israelites commanded the Lord’s prophets not to prophesy (Amos 2:11–12).
  5. One grievance that the Lord had against Israel was their turning of justice into “wormwood” (Amos 5:7).
Theme: Prepare to Meet Your God

In Amos, God is glorifying Himself through the necessity to prepare to meet your God, so that He might demonstrate His superior goodness in the salvation sinners, the damnation of the wicked, and for the preservation of His people for His eternal glory, and their eternal joy.

Author: Amos

The author identifies himself as Amos.

Time of Writing: 750 B.C.

Amos prophesied shortly before the death of Jeroboam II of Israel (750 B.C.).

Key Verses:

“You only have I known of all the families of the earth;
Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”

Amos 3:2

“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
‘An adversary shall be all around the land;
He shall sap your strength from you,
And your palaces shall be plundered.’ ”

Amos 3:11

“Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel;
Because I will do this to you,
Prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”

Amos 4:12

“ ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord,
‘When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;
The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,
And all the hills shall flow with it.
I will bring back the captives of My people Israel;
They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them;
They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.
I will plant them in their land,
And no longer shall they be pulled up
From the land I have given them,’
Says the Lord your God.”

Amos 9:13–15

  1. God is patient with the wicked, but one day He will judge the world.
  2. The church has a duty to love and care for the poor. 
  3. If you do not repent, you will be counted among the wicked on the Day of Judgment. 
  4. Seek the Lord and live (Amos 5:6).
Christ in Amos:
  1. The Nazirites (Amos 2:11–12)

    Christ kept the Nazirite vow. He humbled Himself and took on the form of a bondservant. He set Himself apart to do the will of His Father. That was the heart of what it meant to be a Nazirite. In a way that the best Nazirite could never compare to, Jesus Christ set Himself aside in perfect holiness to God. He was perfectly holy and did all things well.

  2. Amos

    Like all the prophets, Amos was a type of Christ. Like Amos, Christ spoke the words of God to a rebellious people. In Hebrews 1:1–2, we read that while God spoke “at various times and in various ways” by the prophets, He “has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.” Christ is the final and greatest Prophet, the pinnacle of God’s revelation, and the eternal Son of God.

  3. The Poor

    Unlike Judah and Israel in Amos’ time, Christ loved and had compassion on the poor. He was never brutal towards the poor, He did not oppress or exploit them for His own gain, and He was always full of grace and truth.

  4. Other Types of Christ:
    1. The Lion (Amos 3:4, 8)
    2. The Trumpet (Amos 3:6)
  1. Eight Prophecies Directed to the Nations (Amos 1–2)
  2. Three Sermons Directed to the Northern Kingdom (Amos 3–6)
    1. First Sermon – Can Two Walk Together (Amos 3)
    2. Second Sermon – The Luxury Will End (Amos 4)
    3. Third Sermon – Lamentation and a Call to Return (Amos 5–6)
  3. Five Visions Directed to the Northern Kingdom (Amos 7:1–9:10)
    1. First Vision – Locust (Amos 7:1–3)
    2. Second Vision – Fire (Amos 7:4–6)
    3. Third Vision – Plumb Line (Amos 7:7–9)
    4. Fourth Vision – Amaziah (Amos 7:10–17)
    5. Fifth Vision – Basket of Rotten Fruit (Amos 8)
    6. The Destruction of the House of Israel (Amos 9:1–10)
  4. Five Promises Directed to the Northern Kingdom (Amos 9:11–15)
    1. First Promise – Tabernacle of David Repaired (Amos 9:11)
    2. Second Promise – Expansion Among the Foreigners (Amos 9:12)
    3. Third Promise – Astonishing Fruitfulness (Amos 9:13)
    4. Fourth Promise: The Captives Will Return (Amos 9:14)
    5. Fifth Promise – Security in their Land (Amos 9:15)
Study Questions

What is the main message of Amos’ prophecy?
Justice should run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream (Amos 5:24).

What was Amos’ occupation?
He was a “sheepbreeder” (Amos 1:1).

What does the name, “Amos” mean?

What was Israel’s problem in Amos’ time?
They did not know to do right (Amos 3:10).

What did the Lord say He would do to the people of Samaria?
All but a few would be destroyed (Amos 3:12).

What kind of famine did the Lord promise to bring on Israel?
A famine of hearing the words of the Lord (Amos 8:11).

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