TEACHER: Ken Hicks
BOTTOM LINE: Amos was one of the most Un-Popular prophets in Israel’s history because he brought a message of warning during a time of Great National Prosperity.
QUESTION: Are the Songs and the Words we proclaim are united together w/ a Heart and Life of Surrender and Worship?
I want to introduce us to perhaps the most UN-POPULAR of all the Prophets … one that we often refer to as Famous Amos … who was perhaps the most despised man in all of Israel in his time.
Amos was unusual among the Prophets in that he wasn’t a Vocational Prophet like most of the other guys.
Amos was one of the most Un-Popular prophets in Israel’s history because he brought a message of warning during a time of Great National Prosperity.
Mighty Empires and Mighty Men/Women are not typically brought down by Financial Disaster … or even Military Disaster to be honest … but MOST of the Time, they are brought down by SIN.
It’s typically Corruption from Within … and that’s exactly what was happening to Israel.
- The Charge
- The Counterfeits
- The Excuses
- False Hope vs. True Hope
The incredible Theologian, Author & Pastor, Charles Spurgeon, was teaching on this text in a Sermon and talking about 3 different kinds of groups that wrestle w/ this Word from Amos:
- The Apathetic … they just don’t really care to be honest. They’re not cruel & vicious people, they just don’t’ think much about it.
- The Self Indulgent … Maybe they care, but they love the comforts in life too much to actually make a sacrifice for the Oppressed.
- The Procrastinators … those who know they’re supposed to be a part of God’s Plan and Solution for someone, but don’t actually do anything about it.
- They care enough to re-post or re-tweet all kinds of things on FB … they Like all sorts of articles … but just don’t really ever do anything about it.
Aren’t we thankful that the Judgment we truly deserve … was instead poured out on Jesus? And because of that … when we genuinely pursue a relationship w/ God … we find Renewal … and Restoration … and Forgiveness.
As Amos says … we can seek Good and not Evil … that we might live … we can Hate Evil and Love Good, and establish Justice in the Gate.
And this is God’s desire, that the Songs and the Words we proclaim are united together w/ a Heart and Life of Surrender and Worship!
Would we allow God the space to work in us? To Call us Back to Him too in places that perhaps we’ve drifted … or walked … or even run away from God’s Will and God’s Direction in our lives?