Saturday, 15 February 2014

Amos 6-9

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

6:12-13 Do horses run on the rocky crags? Does one plow the sea with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness—you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar and say, “Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?”

(From Constable's Commentary) It was as unnatural for Israel's leaders to live as they did as it was for horses to run on rocky crags or oxen to plow rocks.

Lo Debar and Karnaim were insignificant victories that the leaders were using to make themselves look good.

Susan said...

7:14-15 Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

Amos wasn't a prophet because he had nothing better to do with his time. He could have made a respectable living as a shepherd/orchardist. The only reason he was a prophet was because God had called him.

Susan said...

8:5 When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?”—skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales

They went through the motions of participating in the feast and Sabbaths but their hearts weren't in it. They were looking for them to end so they could get back to amassing wealth – no wonder God wasn't pleased.

Susan said...

9:13-14 The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills, and I will bring my people Israel back from exile. “They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.

Such a remarkable prophecy of God's future blessing:
1. The restoration of David's dynasty v.11
2. The supremacy of Israel over the nations v.12
3. The conversion of the nations v.12
4. The fruitfulness of the land v.13
5. The rebuilding of the cities v.14
6. The permanent settlement in their own land v.15

God wants to bless us more than we want to be blessed.