Recently, I’ve decided to start reading some of the smaller books in the bible, Starting with Hosea and working my way to Malachi. I am now on Amos and what a book it truly is, a book of powerful imagery and Gods mercy for His people.
The book is a completion of prophesies given to Amos by God. These prophesies are quite different from that of the other Prophets, as God uses him to speak to a select group in Israel. This group consists of the privileged and those practising injustice regarding oppression of the poor and disadvantaged of society for their capital gain. They were a people with no moral fabric, full of pride, arrogance and greed. Israel had turned their hearts from God and His laws. Their eyes were no longer fixed on the one who delivered their ancestors out of Egypt and had delivered them from the hand of their enemies but instead wickedness had run rapid and they were turning on their own people.
This is when God brings in a humble Shepherd from a small town outside of Jerusalem, as we see so many times throughout the bible this humble Shepherd is emboldened and strengthened by the Spirit of God. His courage and boldness to preach and proclaim the word of the Lord regardless of society norms is inspiring and God uses him mightily.
Amos declares Gods judgement on Israels neighbours and on Israel itself for not returning to Him. Amos speaks about the day of the Lord and the great wrecking for the unrepentant and complacent. Even with all the evil and the Israelite’s hardened hearts, God still declares Israel’s restoration. He speaks about the great rebuilding of its cities and finally giving them a land that will never be uprooted.
The book of Amos is fascinating and gives insight into the very heart of God. It shows us the things that truly break the heart of God while giving caution to all of us regarding how we should live and our responsibility to the disadvantaged in society.
Though 75 percent of the book is Gods judgement on His people it ends with their restoration and shows us that if we are willing to come back to our God, no matter how far we have gone, He will never turn us away. He is always seeking after the heart of the lost, He’s waiting for you to welcome Him in.
Today is the day, don’t wait any longer, Jesus is calling. Come Home.