Amos was a layman, a shepherd, and a dresser of fig-trees. His home was about 12 miles south of Jerusalem in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, but God sent him to preach to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. His prophecy is marked by its sternness and a severity not exceeded by the other prophets. Amos’ description of his confrontation with Jeroboam’s priest at Bethel, Amaziah, would suggest a date around 650 BC. The main theme is simple: Israel has abandoned God and has become morally corrupt. If Israel repents and returns to God, the nation might still be saved. If not, they would be destroyed. This destruction comes less than thirty (30) years later by the Assyrians.
Amos can be outlined as follows:
· Amos 1:1-2:16 Judgment upon Israel and surrounding nations
· Amos 3:1-6:14 Israel is pronounced guilty
· Amos 7:1-9:8 Visions foretelling doom upon Israel
· Amos 9:8-15 Future restoration of Israel
Key Learning: God formed the nation of Israel with a purpose. Because they are in rebellion against that purpose, they will be destroyed. If we are faithful to God’s calling, God will use us; if not, God will use someone else.