Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Prophets: The books of Israel’s prophets who announced the downfall of Israel’s kingdom and the hope of its restoration after the exile.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Poetry: A condensed form of writing that uses metaphorical imagery and creative language to engage the reader’s imagination and emotions.
Prophetic: A type of Israelite poetry employed by the prophets to warn and accuse Israel of covenant violation, and to announce future hope.
Amos accuses Israel of breaking their covenant with God, and highlights how their idolatry has led to injustice and the neglect of the poor.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Amos, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Amos, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how they work within the Bible’s overall framework.
The Book of Amos is an intriguing Scripture from a unique individual, Amos, a shepherd and fig tree farmer dwelling in southern Judah who is called by God to go to Bethel and announce warnings of judgment to the northern kingdom of Israel. Northern Israel had conquered other nations and enjoyed its recent successes, but was spiritually bankrupt on the inside. Worshiping local pagan gods twisted their moral perceptions, and the people of Israel infamously cheated, stole and sold their poor into slavery in foreign lands.
God is grieved by the evils he sees the people of Israel doing, but through His mercy, He is willing to give them another chance to change their ways. What can we learn by reading Amos today? Through Amos' wisdom, we discover that doing the right thing and loving others is more important than sacrifice to God, who desires to renew the hearts of everything through His coming Messiah King.
A Shepherd's Call
God calls Amos, a shepherd and fig tree farmer in Judah, to prophesy in Israel against the people's sins, especially cheating, oppressing and enslaving the poor.
Circling in Evildoing
Through sermons, poems and visions, Amos prophesies judgment against the nations surrounding Israel, and then the epicenter of Israel's wrongs. Consequences are carefully spelled out.
Power & Responsibility
Because of God's intimate covenant He made with the people of Israel, they are set to higher standards as His representatives on the earth. Israel should lead by example.
No One Like The Lord
Amos pleads with the people of Israel to turn from Canaan idols and worship the One True God, who made everything and delivered them out of Egypt's bonds.
All Nations Under God
In the midst of gloomy judgment, a hopeful promise rings out. God will confront evil and create a restored family in a new world.