Summary: Here is the message no one wants to hear: Believers who live their lives doing whatever they please are essentially pagans.
Major News from Minor Prophets
Amos: Preaching a message no one wants to hear
Amos came from the Southern Kingdom of Judah. But his words were aimed at all of Israel, both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms.
Some Old Testament prophets spent their entire adult lives in ministry. But Amos did not intend to be a preacher. God called him from a life of shepherding and pruning trees.
While Hosea emphasized God’s love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness, Amos was called to declare God’s Judgment.
Amos was commanded to preach a message no one wanted to hear.
1. Oracles against the nations (Amos 1:1-5:17)
Judgment on Israel’s neighbors: 1:3-2:3
Judgment on Judah and Israel: 2:6-5:17
Rejection of what God’s laws
Contempt for God
Amos 2:13-16 The consequences of sin
God is loaded down and broken hearted over the sad effect sin has had upon his creation. Notice what sin has done to His marvelous creation:
Sin has Blighted His creation, Genesis 3:17
Sin has Blackened His creation, Romans 3:9-19
Sin has Banished His creation, Isaiah 59:2
Amos 5:6-15 Seek the Lord and Live!
OUR SINS ARE GREAT
The people thought everything was going great. God’s truth was different verse 12a. God knew. We might wonder why these people did not listen. Why did they not repent? Like Israel and Judah, we often look around and wonder about everyone else and why they still continue in their sinful, disobedient living.
But like Israel and Judah, we have no excuse.
"All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away"(ISAIAH 64:6).
Who wants to take the blame for something bad? Who wants to admit, “I am wrong”?
"If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives"(1 JOHN 1:10).
We may try to deny sin as if it never existed, especially in our own lives. We can try to reject sin, dismiss it or explain sin away. Sin is still with us as long as we are alive.
"For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander" (MATTHEW 15:19).
The soul who sins is the one who dies. None escape death because all are sinners.
“SEEK THE LORD AND LIVE”. Our sins are very great. No matter how great our sins, GOD’S MERCY IS GREATER
God’s divine mercy is displayed through his forgiveness. He blots out our sins. Our evil thoughts, wicked words, and disobedient actions are removed forever. How? Through the blood of Jesus Christ.
"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed"(1 PETER 2:24).
Praise God that his mercy is greater than our sin and disobedience.
2. Announcements of exile (Amos 5:18-6:14)
Perverted religion 5:21-24
Complacency and pride
A description of COMPLACENCY: 6:4-6.