Amos spoke to God’s people at a time when luxury and self-indulgence took priority over holiness, prayerfulness, and seeking God. He pointed out that they were a powerless people because their disobedience had alienated them from God and provoked Him to turn against them. Alistair Begg reviews the causes of divine alienation and warns that when we tolerate sin in our lives, God may turn His face from us and render us helpless before our enemies.
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.