The Rulers and Prophets of Amos's Time
1:1 Name means: “Burden bearer.”
Home: Tekoa (Amos 1:1), a town about 10 miles south of Jerusalem.
Occupation: Sheep breeder (1:1), sycamore cultivator (7:14), and prophet during the reign of Jeroboam II (c. 793–753 a.d.).
Best known today as: A prophet who denounced the northern kingdom of Israel for its idolatry, injustice, corruption, and oppression of the poor. Amos’ warnings of the Lord’s judgment came to pass when Assyria overran Israel a generation later.
Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Am 1.5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Served as a prophet to Israel (the northern kingdom) from 760-750 B.C.
1. ANNOUNCEMENT OF JUDGMENT (1:1-2:16)
2. REASONS FOR JUDGMENT (3:1-6:14)
3. VISIONS OF JUDGMENT (7:1-9:15)
Amos speaks with brutal frankness in denouncing sin. He collided with the false religions leaders of his day and was not intimidated by priest or king. He continued to speak his message boobly. God requires truth and goodness, justice and righteousness, from all people and nations today as well. Many of the conditions in Israel during Amos's time are evident in today's society. We need Amos's courage to ignore danger and stand against sin.
Five Visions of Amos
Vision of Locusts (7:1-3)
Vision of Fire (7:4-6)
Vision of the Plumb Line (7:7-9)
Vision of the Ripe Fruit (8:1-14)
Vision of the Lord (9:1-10)