Week 33   Day 5

 

Amos came from an agricultural background 

            he bred sheep

            and pruned trees 

He became God's prophet

            blunt 

            bold  

            straight-to-the-point.

 

 

Here's a summary of Amos' "thus says the Lord":

For years I helped you

            you thought you did it all yourself

            but I was the one

            who delivered you safely

            from all your enemies 

Now you disregard me 

            you are not grateful 

            you don't even acknowledge me 

You can not live like this

            and not get hurt 

            for if God no longer gives 

                    strength 

                    wisdom 

                    health

           you will go down                   

           and not rise again

           until you turn

           and call upon him

If you do return to God

            there could be

            would be

            a resurrection story 

It's your choice.

 

 

The judgments of God

            are not

            a pleasant read.

 

 

 

                                           THE SHEEP MAN

He knew cause and effect:  you sin; you suffer the consequences.

                                              Amos 1, 2 & 7

 

     1The words of Amos, who was among the sheep breeders

of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel two years before the

earthquake.  4Thus says the Lord:

     "For three transgression of Judah, and for four,

     I will not turn away its punishment, because they have despised

     The law of the Lord, and have not kept His commandments.

     Their lies lead them astray, lies which their fathers followed.

     5But I will send a fire upon Judah and Jerusalem.

6Thus says the Lord:  "For three transgression of Israel, and for four,

     I will not turn away punishment; they sell the righteous for silver,

     The poor for sandals,  7and pervert the way of the humble.

     A man and his father go in to the same girl,

     To defile My holy name.

     8They lie down by every altar on clothes taken in pledge,

     And drink the wine of the condemned in the house of gods.

9"Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them

     Whose height was like the height of the cedars,

     And he was as strong as the oaks;

     Yet I destroyed his fruit above and his roots beneath.

     10 I brought you up from the land of Egypt,

     And led you forty years through the wilderness.

     11 I raised some of your sons as prophets; some as Nazirites.

     Is it not so, O you children of Israel?" says the Lord.

     12"But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink

     And commanded the prophets, saying, 'Do not prophesy!'

13"Behold, I am weighed down by you, as a cart full of sheaves.

     15Therefore the swift of foot shall not escape,

     Nor shall he who rides a horse deliver himself."

10Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to the king of Israel: 

"Amos has conspired against you.  The land is not able to

bear all his words.  11For thus Amos has said:  'Jeroboam shall
die by the sword, and Israel be led captive.'" 
12Then Amaziah
said to Amos:  "Go, flee to the land of Judah.  
And there
prophesy.  But never again prophesy at Bethel, f
or it is the
king's sanctuary, and it is the royal residence."

14Amos answered, and said to Amaziah:

     "I was no prophet, nor was I a son of a prophet.

     But I was a sheep breeder and a tender of sycamore fruit.

     15Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock

     And the Lord said to me, 'Go, prophesy to My people Israel.'"
                 This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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