As Amos proclaimed God’s message, he first addressed the nations surrounding God’s people. The fact that these were pagan nations did not exclude them from God’s providence or excuse them from accountability for their actions. Alistair Begg explains that all people have God’s moral law written within them. Ignorance or unbelief of God’s Word will not spare us from His judgment since He created us with an innate sense of right and wrong.
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.