Amos Chapter Three
Read Amos 3:1-8 Gods Chosen People
v.1 Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,
The nation of
For as the girdle cleaveth to
the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of
v.2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
Exodus 19:5 -6 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice
indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me
above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6And ye shall be unto me a
God had made this covenant with
Exodus 19:8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.
Daniel And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
v.3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Now Amos presents his
credentials, the proof that his words are indeed the words of God. He brings assurance that he does indeed walk
with the God that has made
I John 1:5-7 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
v.4-5 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing? 5Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?
Gods word is coming to
them for a purpose. The lion does not
roar when he has no prey. The lion roars
to frighten his prey and make them freeze or do something foolish so that he
can be more easily caught. The young
lion roars to let the world know his power and his might, and that he has
overcome his prey. A bird cannot be
snared when there is no GIN or trap set for him. Amos is telling
Hosea For I will be unto Ephraim
as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of
v.6 6Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?
Just as we studied previously the trumpet was used to sound the alarm when an enemy army approached their city or camp. The prophets of God had been given the responsibility by God of sounding the trumpet warning of danger to His people because of their sin just as we studied in the book of Joel:
Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
The people of the cities would tremble when the trumpet was blown
because they knew what was coming and
v.7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
God did nothing to punish his people for their sins without first warning them to repent. He had established this open relationship first with the patriarch Abraham:
Genesis And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
God is doing that very same thing with
v.8 8The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
When the lion roars, men know to fear. When God speaks to them the prophet can do nothing but carry forth the Word that he has been given. Were very familiar with the examples of the New Testament. We find Peter and John standing before the Sanhedrin with these words:
Acts -20 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 20For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
Jeremiah said that the Word of God was like a fire in his bones; Jeremiah 20:9.
The Apostle Paul:
I Corinthians For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
Read Amos 3:9-15 Gods Promise of Judgment
v.9 9Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.
Amos is ordered by God
to call upon the people of
v.10 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.
Jeremiah For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
The prophet Jeremiah describes
v.11 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.
God will bring an
II Kings 18:9-11 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king
Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king
of Israel, that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against
Samaria, and besieged it. 10And at the end of three years they took
it: even in the sixth year of Hezekiah,
that is the ninth year of Hoshea king of
v.12 Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.
A remnant will be left
behind. Amos uses the analogy of a lamb
devoured by a lion. Scraps are left
behind. The shepherd might find an ear
or its legs or some other body part but the life of the animal is gone as is
the most desirable parts of its body.
Theyve been devoured.
Nehemiah 4:1-2 But it came to pass, that when San-bal-lat
heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and
mocked the Jews. 2And he spake before his brethren and the army of
In the times of the New Testament these same people were the Samaritans that were so hated by the Jews. When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well her response to him reflected this ill feeling:
John 4:9 Then saith the woman of
v.13-15 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts, 14That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground. 15And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.
There are two things
that Amos brings to our attention here in the closing verses of this
chapter. First of all the altars that
had been built at
I Kings 12:28-29 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two
calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for
you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out
of the land of Egypt. 29And he set the one in
Secondly the kings and
high officials of