Saddened by God’s impending judgment on Israel, Amos lamented over the nation that once held so much promise, but had become devoted to the routines of worship, rather than to God. Amos entreated them to once again seek God and seek good rather than evil. Similarly, Alistair Begg entreats us to avoid the delusion of a religion that leaves the lives of the people unchanged and devote ourselves to trusting and obeying God.
The Lion's Roar
Amos was not a learned man, but a shepherd from a small town. He was not an innovator; he simply reminded people of facts they already knew. The only remarkable thing about Amos was how unremarkable he was. It was a time of prosperity, corruption, and compromise. God’s people played at religion and toyed with sin. God used Amos to remind His people that religious profession was meaningless unless accompanied by obedience, holiness, and wholehearted worship. He warned them that while God was merciful, He was running out of patience.
In this series, Alistair Begg explains why the prophetic words of Amos remain relevant to today’s Church, which often focuses on religious experiences while denying the truths of biblical doctrine and reduces biblical imperatives to personal options. Like Amos, Alistair urges us to align our worship and lifestyles with the truth of Scripture and renew our relationship with God today, knowing that His judgment is imminent.