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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 > 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 God rejects Israel's worship vv 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 for the 3 CONs go to: OT prophets


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