Sunday Morning, The Book of Amos
Leader: Pastor Warskow
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
Leader: Pastor Warskow
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Spooner, WI
Meeting Day(s): Sunday Morning
Meeting Time: 10:15 AM
The Book of Amos
- This is the only place in the Old Testament where the name of Amos is used.
- He was called by the Lord to be a prophet (1:1; 7:14-16)
- He prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah – also called Azariah – King of Judah (792-740 BC) & Jeroboam II King of Israel (793-753 BC). These kings are mentioned in 2 Kings 14 & 15 and in 2 Chronicles 26.
- Contemporaries were Hosea and Jonah in Israel, Isaiah and Micah in Judah.
- Archeology has uncovered evidence of the earthquake mentioned in Amos 1:1 and has also revealed some details of life in Israel during the Eighth Century BC.
- Occupation was a shepherd (7:14)
- From Tekoa a town 6 miles south of Bethlehem
Outline: (The book of Amos has three main parts and a conclusion.)
- It was a silver age.
- The rich lived at the expense of those who had less. (2:7)
- The courts favored those who had money. (5:12)
- Merchants were dishonest, looking only for their own profit. (8:5)
- “Religion” flourished at the Israelite shrines, but ceremony & sacrifice were not accompanied by godly living. (4:4,5; 5:21-24)
- Announcement of Judgment on the Nations – and on Israel (1,2)
- Further proclamations of Judgment (3-6)
- Judgment on the Whole House of Israel (3)
- Judgment on the Women of Samaria (4)
- A Lamentation for Virgin Israel (5)
- Woe to the Complacent Lovers of Luxury (6)
- Five Visions and Messages of Judgment (7:1-9:10)
Conclusion: A message of Hope for God’s Believing People (9:11-15).
- A vision of Locusts (7:1-3)
- A vision of Fire (7:4-6)
- A vision of a Plumbline (7:79), and the story of how the Lord called Amos (7:10-15).
- A vision of Summer Fruit (8:1-3), and a message of judgement (8:4-15).
- A vision of the Lord standing at the Altar (9:1-4), and a message of judgment (9:5-10).
- Although Tekoa is 12 miles south of Jerusalem, to whom is Amos’ message addressed?
- What kind of “seeing” is referred to in v. 1?
- Identify the 5-part outline of each of the 8 oracles of judgment.
- What do the sins of the 5 Gentile nations have in common?
- What seems worse about the sin of Edom?
- What progression do you note in God’s oracles of judgment?
- What is the sin for which Judah will be punished?
- How do you suppose the people of Israel felt about the first 7 oracles?
- In the final oracle (2:6 ff), of what sins does God accuse Israel?
- How does what Amos says apply to us?
- What’s the point of the 7 questions in vv. 3-6?
- How do the Israelites seem to have received Amos’ message, vv. 7f?
- For what job does God summon Philistia and Egypt, vv. 9-15?
- What significance do you see in this for Israel?
- In light of yesterday’s terrorist activities, explain v. 6. (cf. Is. 45:7)