Section 3b – continued condemnation of Israel and Judah for their pride and compromise respectively. The section like all the others ends with words of hope, restoration and in this case resurrection which takes us up to ch 6 v 3.
Section 3a: Hosea begins to bring the LORD’s case against the northern nation of Israel, particularly in his sight are the supposed spiritual leaders of the people. Sadly, they were not leading and there was ‘no knowledge of God in the land’ – similar words can be said of our own day.
Section 2: There’s a reckoning for unfaithfulness within the marriage bond, but the love of the LORD sits as example of how we should act, ever seeking reconciliation with His people and even willing to pay the redemption price to buy them back.
Section 1: God’s faithful love for His covenant people pictured through Hosea’ personal life.
Closing thoughts of Amos: No escape for the wicked. A glorious future for a faithful remnant.
A dark chapter: “the end is come”. We learn that the Lord always hears and sees, but does not always speak.
We learn about the heart and humility of Amos. We see his compassion for the people as he intercedes for them, and his simple obedience and trust in the Lord, taking no glory for himself. We hear of his commission to service, and think of the Great Commission the Lord has given to all His…
The LORD speaks against the ruling elite who, while enjoying prosperity and ease themselves, display injustice towards the afflicted remnant. Because of this they will be the first to be taken into captivity. In this we see the righteous justice of the LORD at work.
Seek the Lord! This is the repeated refrain in chapter five, “that ye may live”. It is not with the hope that God’s judgement will not fall, for that is certain, but gives hope of the promise of God’s presence for a faithful remnant, that He “shall be with you”, just as He was with…
Key Thought: Prepare to meet thy God. This is the conclusion to a series of seven precursors of judgement: famine, drought, pestilence etc, that ought to have turned the hearts of the people back to the LORD. Sadly, Amos would have to say ‘yet ye have not returned’. I cannot read this in our day…
Through Amos, the LORD sets out His case against Israel, and states the judgement that is coming. Key Thought: Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
This prophecy of Amos begins with a series of eight announcements of judgement that span two chapters, ending with a pronouncement against the northern kingdom of Israel. We learn that God is long-suffering, but there is a limit. We end our thoughts at the cross considering the sufferings of Christ and His resurrection.