Monday: Religion as Usual
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Read Amos 5:23-24, Hosea 6:6, Matthew 9:13, Psalm 51:17. What are these texts saying? More important, how can the principle here be applied directly to our own spiritual life today, as Seventh-day Adventists? That is, in what ways might we be guilty of doing exactly what is warned about here? (Remember, too, that it is very easy to be … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Seek the Lord and Live!
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Read for This Week’s Study: Amos 5:1-15, Heb. 5:14, Isa. 5:20, Amos 7:10-17, 9:11-15, Acts 15:13-18. Memory Text: “Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and thus may the Lord God of hosts be with you, just as you have said!” (Amos 5:14, NASB). Key Thought: Amos reminds us that only in seeking the Lord is there life. “Had Israel been true … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Lord of All Nations
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Read the following quotations and discuss how they help us to understand the messages from Amos 1-4 and Obadiah in a clearer way. “From the beginnings of Israelite religion the belief that God had chosen this particular people to carry out His mission has been both a cornerstone of Hebrew faith and a refuge in moments of … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Pride That Leads to Fall
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Read the book of Obadiah. What important moral and spiritual truths can we take away from this book? Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament, and it reports on the prophetic vision of God’s judgment upon the land of Edom. The message of the book focuses on three issues: Edom’s arrogance (vss. 1-4), Edom’s … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Israel’s Rendezvous With God
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“Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel” (Amos 4:12). Chapter 4 of Amos begins with the description of Israel’s sins, and it ends with the announcement of the day of reckoning. God makes His people especially accountable for the ways in which they live and treat others. Amos has listed a series of natural disasters, any … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Peril of Privilege
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Amos’ prophetic message was not intended to be restricted to the historical situation in Israel but to expand the scope of the message beyond Israel and Judah. In the Old Testament, Israel had a unique but not exclusive claim on God. Read Amos 3:1-2. The Hebrew verb yada, “to know,” which is used in verse 2, bears a … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Justice for the Oppressed
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God’s universal judgment is one of the central teachings found in Amos. In the beginning of his book, the prophet announces God’s judgment on several of Israel’s neighbors because of their crimes against humanity. Then, however, Amos boldly declares that God also will judge Israel. The anger of the Lord was directed not only at … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Crimes Against Humanity
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Read Amos 1 and 2. Why does the Lord warn that punishment is coming? The first two chapters in Amos’ book contain seven prophecies against neighboring nations, followed by a prophecy against Israel. The foreign nations are not judged because they are Israel’s enemies but because of their violations of universal human principles. Two things stand … [Click to read more …]