Book type: Prophets (Minor)
Author: Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa (town in Judah).
No. of chapters: 9
Key character(s): God.
Brief description: Amos – God’s call to practical righteousness.
01) The Sermons: God confronts his people’s sin (1:1-6:14)
02) The Visions: Seeing God properly reveals both his judgement & his mercy (7:1-9:15)
Amos means “burden”, “burdensome” or “burden-bearer” in Hebrew.
Amos sought to call his people to a relationship with God that would result in the proper relationship with their fellow human beings & that would in turn result in proper worship. He warned his people that a failure to respond ultimately would bring the judgement & wrath of God.
The times in which Amos ministered were times of great prosperity in the Northern Kingdom.
Amos presents 4 theological conclusion:
01) Merely observing proper forms of worship is not sufficient for a right relationship with God.
02) Being a part of God’s people does not guarantee exemption from [God’s] judgement.
03) Not all [Godly] judgement seeks to penalise & hurt.
04) God calls whom he wills to be an agent of his revelation.
[Source: NIV Disciple’s Study Bible]
Amos was from the southern Kingdom of Judah but preached in the northern Kingdom of Israel.