Wednesday: Israel’s Rendezvous With God

“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 …]

04: Lord of All Nations – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought: Amos was called to prophesy against a privileged, religious people who oppressed the poor through dishonesty and bribery. [Teaching plan for Lord of All Nations April 22, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Isaiah 58:1-7 A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Peril of Privilege

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

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

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 …]

Sabbath: Lord of All Nations

Read for This Week’s Study: Amos 1-2, Isaiah 58, Luke 12:47-48, 1 Kings 8:37-40, Amos 4:12-13, Obadiah. Memory Text: “A Lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:8, NKJV). Key Thought: Acts of inhumanity are sins against God and will be judged accordingly. lion in Scripture often represents the king of the animal world. His … [Click to read more …]

03: A Holy and Just God – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

“…mighty are those who obey His command. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?” Joel 2:11 NIV [Thought questions for A Holy and Just God April 17, 2013] 1. Tragedy can make us sensitive to God. When two horrible explosions blew up at the finish line for the Boston … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Refuge in Times of Trouble

Biblical prophets compare the coming judgment from God to the roaring of a lion, a sound that makes everyone tremble (Joel 3:16, Amos 1:2, 3:8). In the Bible, Zion designates the location of God’s earthly throne in Jerusalem. From this place God will punish the enemy, but at the same time He will vindicate His people who … [Click to read more …]