In faith, Amos stood his ground when confronted by the powerful religious leader, Amaziah. Alistair Begg encourages us to stand strong in the face of persecution, knowing that God is at our side. We can expect opposition, resistance, and intimidation when we choose to share our faith, but in doing so, we learn that Christian growth requires intentional effort combined with God’s enabling.
10Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words. 11For thus Amos has said,
“‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
and Israel must go into exile
away from his land.’”
12And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there, 13but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
14Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, “I was1 no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. 15But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16Now therefore hear the word of the Lord.
“You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
and do not preach against the house of Isaac.’
17Therefore thus says the Lord:
“‘Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city,
and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword,
and your land shall be divided up with a measuring line;
you yourself shall die in an unclean land,
and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.’”
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|