God judged the people in Amos’ day because they had grown careless and complacent, and their religion had become counterfeit. Alistair Begg notes that God’s purpose in judging people is not annihilation, but salvation – to weed out the fakes and safeguard the faithful. A new day is dawning for those who place their faith in Christ, and whose lives glorify God, when futility and desolation will be replaced by prosperity and joy.
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.