- Amos prophesied during the
days of King Uzziah of Judah and King Jeroboam of Israel.
- He prophesied against all the
sinful nations around Israel.
Damascus for attacks against Gilead,
Gaza (Philistines) for enslaving the Israelites, Tyre for enslaving
Israel to Edom, Edom for pursuing Israel with the sword disregarding the
covenant between Esau and Jacob and Ammon for
killing pregnant women of Gilead to gain territory.
were prophesied last.
- Several types of sin were
committed by Israel.
They sold the righteous for silver, committed injustice to the poor,
corrupted the humble, sexual perversion, took their brothers clothes as
surety, caused the Nazirite to drink wine, and
wouldn’t let the prophets prophesy.
- He revealed, enlightened, and
warned them of their iniquities through His prophets so that they may
perhaps change from their sinful ways and He could relent of their
- a. They were
"worshiping, sacrificing, and praising God". b. They did it for
themselves to brag before others and to feel good about themselves.
- He sent famine, drought,
blight, pestilence, and sword hoping they would turn to Him.
- These were places where they
worshiped. However, while they imitated the law they violated it too.
Literally these places were destined for captivity.
- He would come to destroy and
harm them rather than to save them.
- They were holding their feast
days, sacred assemblies, making offerings, singing songs, and playing
music to the Lord but let justice and righteousness sour and worshiped
- They told the people there
was no day of doom, everything is okay.
- They ate well, had
comfortable places to lie and they relaxed with stringed instruments.
- They shall be the first to be
punished and taken captive.
- What should have been good
and just turned to evil and injustice.
- He prayed to God to relent of
the destruction by locusts and the destruction by fire on the land.
- A plumb line was straight but
was crooked in their conduct. The plumb line drew a distinction between
righteousness and their unrighteousness.
- God separated Himself from Israel. He
would not be there to help them but would send them into captivity and
- Amaziah did not want to hear
prophesies of Amos against the king and Israel.
- They were impatient. They
wanted to have the days of the Lord over so they could go buy, sell, and
- He will destroy it from the
earth but will sift Israel
and save a remnant and bring them back from captivity.