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1 “ The prophets are weird and confusing, they all sound alike.” Philip Yancey's student William Blake “The Ghost of a Flea”

2 Three CONs CONtext not timeless CONversation not monologue CONversion not prediction http://5minuteBible.com > OT > prophets > 3 simple rules

3 Amos 5:18ff.

4 CONtext Who was Amos?

5 Prophetic books Not biographies Few events Lots of messages By somebody else “he” “In the reign of king....” Gospels

6 Who was Amos? 1:1 “Among the shepherds of Tekoa” 7:14-15Not a professional Herdsman and cutter of sycamores 1:2-9:10Sharp tongued 1:2-9:15God's spokesperson

7 Amos 5:18ff. CONtext When did Amos preach?

8 Bible Timeline Creation Flood New heavens & earth Moses & covenant Joshua & land Exile Jesus Kingdoms Prophets

9 CONtext Amos 1:1 Jeroboam (Israel) and Uzziah (Judah) Power: borders almost like David  Control of highways, taxes, growth of army and cities

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11 CONtext Amos 1:1 Jeroboam (Israel) and Uzziah (Judah) Power: borders almost like David  Control of highways, taxes, growth of army and cities Wealth  Greed (Amos 6:1ff.)  Oppression (Amos 5:10-13)

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13 CONtext Amos 1:1 Jeroboam (Israel) and Uzziah (Judah) Power: borders almost like David  Control of highways, taxes, growth of army and cities Wealth  Greed (Amos 6:1ff.)  Oppression (Amos 5:10-13) Amos 5:18 Day of the Lord Time when God puts things right

14 Amos 5:18ff. CONversation Is there more than one “voice”?  Questions imply someone to answer  5:21 change of “speaker”

15 Amos 5:18ff. CONversion What change does Amos want?

16 Amos 5:18ff. Conclusions so far (from 3 CONs) Israel is part of the problem not the solution vv.18-20 God rejects Israel's worship vv.21-23 God wants justice and righteousness

17 Justice and righteousness Word pair Same type of word Found together, used in parallel Completeness, difference, sameness heaven & earth cats & dogs justice & righteousness Justice & righteousness Greed & oppression

18 Greed Amos 6:1ff.

19 Justice & righteousness Greed & oppression Greed Amos 6:1ff. Supermarkets,

20 Photo by Anthony Albright

21 Justice & righteousness Greed & oppression Greed Amos 6:1ff. Supermarkets, weight-watchers,

22 Photo by slgckgc

23 Justice & righteousness Greed & oppression Greed Amos 6:1ff. Supermarkets, weight-watchers, throwaway

24 Throway society photo by Liz of perspicacious.org

25 Justice & righteousness Greed & oppression Greed Amos 6:1ff. Supermarkets, weight-watchers, throwaway Oppression Amos 5:10-13

26 People choose to live on the Mae Sot Rubbish Dump because life there is better than in Burma Photo by Jacob Baynham

27 Oppression Eight-year-old twins Hassan and Hussein open cocoa pods in Ivory Coast. Photo by Jessica Dimmock, CNN

28 http://5minuteBible.com for the 3 CONs go to: OT prophets


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