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Amos - WBT


The Book of Amos - WBT

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The Book of Amos WBT summary

Purpose of The Book of Amos:
Judah should learn that judgment is coming against Judah unless repentance takes place. To call God's people out of the complacency and pride that so often follow peace and prosperity.

Summary of The Book of Amos:
Amos warns Israel that the material prosperity which they are enjoying does not necessarily mean that God is well-pleased with them, and attempts to keep them from falling away from their calling as God's people. He tries to remind them that being the chosen people of God does not place them above the law, but more squarely under it! But they do not listen, and the book ends with a dialogue between God and Amos about the discipline God will invoke to get their attention.

Author and Dates of The Book of Amos:
Amos ministered to Northern Israel even before Hosea, during the prosperous early years of the divided kingdom, around 800-750 BC.

Outline of The Book of Amos:

  1. God’s people judged with the nations (ch. 1 - 2).
    • God will judge God’s people more severely than the other nations.
  2. Announcements against God’s people (ch. 3 - 6).
  3. Visions against God’s people (ch. 7:1 - 9:10).
  4. God’s people are blessed above all nations (ch. 9:11 - 9:15).
    • Judah should hope and learn that Israel will rise in a future restoration.

Themes of The Book of Amos:
Social Justice: True religion and social justice must go hand in hand. One of Israel's greatest sins during this prosperous time was that of discriminating against the less-fortunate. A wealthy upper class had formed, and they displayed no heart for the poor, but rather looked down upon them as inferior. This was in direct opposition to God's intentions for blessing them.
Judgment and Salvation: As with all the prophets, we see in Amos a dual theme which stresses the danger of rebelling against God and bringing forth His discipline, and at the same time reassures God's people that the discipline is not condemnation, but that God ultimately desires repentance and restoration. God is the Lord over all the nations of the earth.

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