September 17, 2021
DAY 258: JOURNEY THROGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today our Journey Through the Bible in a Year takes us through the first four chapters of Amos. Amos issues several warnings, to numerous nations.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Amos 1-4. Read Amos 1-4. Let’s journey!
The Prophet Amos was a shepherd and fig tree farmer prior to being called as a prophet by the Lord. He lived on the border between Northern and Southern kingdoms, about 150-200 years after the two kingdoms split. Amos lived under the rule of Jeroboam II, who was one of the worst kings. Amos shows the relationship between God’s justice and mercy.
Amos 1-4: Amos spoke bluntly, warning of coming judgement on Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, the Edomites, Ammonites, and Moabites, before finally warning Israel and Judah of their coming judgement. The Lord, through Amos, reminds the Israelites that they have perviously experienced God’s judgement, yet they still have not turned away from their sins. (Amos 1:1-4:13)
Following today’s reading, consider: Of what sins is Amos accusing Israel? How has Israel broken their covenant with the Lord? What is the result of Israel’s sins? What is God’s judgment of these sins? How does God show mercy? How does God continue to show justice and mercy today?
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