Amos proclaimed God’s message at a time that was marked by material prosperity, moral perversity, and spiritual complacency. In this context, he warned God’s people that the Sovereign Lord would not be mocked and that His patience was running out. Alistair Begg echoes Amos’ warning to today’s Church, noting that God does not make idle threats and He will not tolerate spoiled children. We must urgently seek reconciliation with Him while there is still time.
1Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:
2“You only have I known
of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
for all your iniquities.
3“Do two walk together,
unless they have agreed to meet?
4Does a lion roar in the forest,
when he has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from his den,
if he has taken nothing?
5Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth,
when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
when it has taken nothing?
6Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
Does disaster come to a city,
unless the Lord has done it?
7“For the Lord God does nothing
without revealing his secret
to his servants the prophets.
8The lion has roared;
who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken;
who can but prophesy?”
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.
|Amos, An Introduction||Amos 1:1|
|This is What the Lord Says, Part One||Amos 1:3-16|
|This is What the Lord Says, Part Two||Amos 2:4-16|
|The Lion Has Roared||Amos 3:1-8|
|Divine Alienation||Amos 3:9-15|
|The Point of No Return||Amos 4:1-13|
|A Funeral Song||Amos 5:1-17|
|The Day of the Lord||Amos 5:18-27|
|The Curse of Complacency||Amos 6:1-14|
|The Sovereign Lord||Amos 7:1-9|
|The Making of a Man of God||Amos 7:10-17|
|Dark Days and Shaved Heads||Amos 8:1-14|
|The Dawn of a New Day||Amos 9:1-15|