Amos

E. L. Lovering, Ilfracombe

Name means: bearer or borne (by God), He was a herdman from Tekoah, with no professional training, but God took him and commissioned him–ch. 7. 14, 15.

Theme: Divine government, not only of Judah and Jerusalem but of all nations.

Outline: Denunciations, eight in number–chs. 1 and 2 Discourses, three in number–chs. 3 to 6

Dreams (visions), five in number–chs. 1 to 9

1.  Denunciations–eight–fold repetition of ”for three trans­
transgressions and for four”

PATIENCE AND JUSTICE OF GOD–When mercy fails, judgment falls

  1. 3. 6. Gaza – “they carried away captive the whole captivity”

9. Tyre – ”remembered not the brotherly covenant”

11. Edom   – ”he pursued his brother with the sword and cast off all pay”

13. Amman– “cruelty” to enlarge their border”

Ch. 2. 1. Moab – ”burned the bones of king of Edom into lime”

4. Judah – “despised the law of Jehovah”

6. Israel – “sold righteous for silver . . .”

PRIVILEGE AND RESPONSIBILITY. Amos included Judah and Jerusalem among the nations – Greater light means graver responsibility.

2.  Discourses–three–fold repetition of ”Hear this word”

PUNISHMENT – The privilege – “You only have I known . . . therefore I will visit your iniquities” Ch. 3. 1, 2.

PREPARATION – “Prepare to meet thy God” – this was a summons to judgment, not to repentance. Ch. 4. 1, 12

Note the sarcasm in the words of Amos (v. 5), for freewill offerings were not obligatory but to be the result of secret devotion to God. These People were ”proclaiming and publishing them.” Cf. Scribes and Pharisees–Matt. 23. 5.

PERSONAL REWARD– ”Woe unto you that desire the Day of the Lord”–Why? Because they sought it for personal reward.

Note Jehovah’s words– ”I hate, I despite” (v. 21)

PROCRASTINATION– “Woe to them that are at case in Zion, and to them that are secure in the mountains of Samaria.”Ch. 6. 1 (R.V.)

Their attitude was to put far away the evil day.

vv. 4–6 describe their interests– ”they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph” (v. 6).

3. Visions.

PROCESS OF DIVINE JUDGMENT against Israel–chs. 7 to 9

Ch. 7. 1. Locusts and fire (4.) – judgment threatened and restrained

7. Plumbline:– hopeless failure of nation and inevitable judgment

Ch. 8. 1. Summer fruit–consummation of judgment

Ch. 9. 1. Lord beside the altar–judgment reasonable and discriminative

Note Ch. 8. 11–a famine, not of the words of Jehovah, but of ”hearing” the words; that is, spiritual insensibility.

FINAL MESSAGE–ultimate Restoration of Israel and ultimate Triumph of Love. Ch. 9. 11–15.   

“I will bring again the captivity of My people Israel, and I will plant them upon their land . . . which I have given them.”

There are 9 articles in
ISSUE (1951, Volume 4 Issue 2)

Amos

The Bible - Pharos of God

Family Life Decaying

New Testament Churches in Barcelona

The Preacher’s Preparation

Reports of Gospel Work and Other Assembly Activities

Some Lessons from the Chronicles (Part 7)

Time

1 Timothy 5. 3 to 5. 16

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The First Main Division

The Triumph of Redemption and The Work of God

The Teachings of Jehovah and the will of God - Part 1

Revelation of Divine Purpose in Exodus

The Teachings of Jehovah and the will of God - Part 2

Lessons from Leviticus - Introduction and Chapter 1

Lessons from Leviticus - Chapters 6-10

Lessons from Leviticus - Chapters 11-17

Lessons from Leviticus - Chapter 23

Lessons from Leviticus - Chapters 24-25

Notes from Numbers - Chapters 22 - 25

Notes from Numbers - Chapters 26-30

Notes from Numbers - Chapters 31-35

In the Beginning

Trivials or Spirituals?

Patient Perseverance

Restful Resignation

The Flood - Fact or Fiction?

Gifts to the Church - 1 Cor. 12.

Christ and the Bible

Go to Jericho!

Worship: The House Filled (Part 4)

Matter in Miniature

My Beloved

My Beloved ”My Beloved ”

‘My Beloved’ - His Bride (Part 1)

My Beloved

‘My Beloved’ - His Bride (Part 3)

Joel

Amos

Second Epistle of Peter

Obadiah

Habakkuk

The Inspiration of Scripture

Perfect Humanity

Absolute Deity

The Death of Christ

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The Ascension and Exaltation of Christ

The Holy Spirit - His Person

The Holy Spirit - His Work

The Holy Spirit and His Work (2)

Spiritual Blessings - Remission

Spiritual Blessings - Redemption

Spiritual Blessing - Atonement

Spiritual Blessings - Justification

Spiritual Blessings - Sanctification

John’s Gospel Chapter 1

John’s Gospel chapter 1

John’s Gospel Chapter 1

John’s Gospel Chapter 1

John’s Gospel Chapter 2

John’s Gospel Chapter 4

John’s Gospel Chapter 5

John’s Gospel Chapter 6

John’s Gospel Chapter 6

John’s Gospel Chapter 9

John’s Gospel Chapter 11

John’s Gospel Chapter 6

John’s Gospel Chapter 8

John’s Gospel Chapter 10

John’s Gospel Chapter 11

John’s Gospel Chapter 13

John’s Gospel Chapter 15

John’s Gospel Chapter 3

John’s Gospel Chapter 4

John Chapter 8

John Chapter 12

John Chapters 13-16

John Chapters 17-19

John Chapters 20 & 21

The Preparation for a Gospel Message

By Galilee

Walking on the Waves, Mark 6. 45-52

Ritual and Reality

Highlights of the Gighway (1)

Highlights of the Highway (2)

The Unclean Spirit, Mark 1. 21-28

The Man with the withered hand, Mark 3. 1-6

Scenes in the Synagogue (3)

Gathering To His Name - Matt. 18. 20

The Lord’s Table And The Lord’s Supper 1 Cor. 10, 15, 23. 11. 20—34

Himself