4Amos Judgment for Social Injustice Book Chart 583 Eight Judgments ThreeSermonsFiveVisionsPromise ofRestorationChapters 1–2Chapters 3–67:1–9:79:8-15"This is what the LORD says…"(1:3, 6, 9, 11, 13; 2:1, 4)"Hear this word…"(3:1; 4:1; 5:1)"This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me…"(7:1, 4, 7; 8:1)"In that day…""The days are coming…"(9:11, 13)God's ImpartialityGod's JusticeGod's JudgmentsGod's GracePronouncementsof JudgmentProvocationsFuturePromisesafter JudgmentJudgmentRenewalHorrorHopeNeighbor NationsNorthern NationBC (before the fall of Samaria)
5Summary Key Word: Injustice 583SummaryKey Word: InjusticeKey Verse: "But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream" (Amos 5:24).Summary Statement:Amos' message of judgment upon social injustices of Israel and the surrounding nations warns of the coming exile and declares God's promise to restore a remnant in faithfulness to the Abrahamic Covenant to urge the nation to repent.
6Authorship and Date Amos not known outside of his writings 584Authorship and DateAmos not known outside of his writingsNative of TekoaShepherd (1:1) or possibly businessmanFig farmer (7:14)Lived during the prosperous reigns of Uzziah, king of Judah ( BC) and Jeroboam II, king of Samaria ( BC)
8Historical Background 584Historical BackgroundA Hebrew prophet's ministry and message were intimately bound up with the conditions in which the people to whom he preached lived, and Amos' book is no exception.Israel under Jeroboam II had economic prosperityBut they abused the peasant classSocial conditions in Samaria affected religious habits
9585CharacteristicsThe most negative of the prophets with only 8 positive verses (9:8-15)Blunt businessman-like languageFirst prophet to condemn not only Israel and Judah, but also the surrounding nationsThe object of intense study (60 different commentaries)
14--Oriental Institute, University of Chicago Ivory CombIvory comb from Megiddo, representative of the wealth and luxury assailed by Amos (3:15; 6:4)--Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
15585Sins of Injustice5:10 How you hate honest judges! How you despise people who tell the truth!5:11 You trample the poor,stealing their grain through taxes and unfair rent.Therefore, though you build beautiful stone houses, you will never live in them.Though you plant lush vineyards,you will never drink wine from them.––NLT
16Sins of Injustice 5:12 For I know the vast number of your sins 585Sins of Injustice5:12 For I know the vast number of your sinsand the depth of your rebellions.You oppress good people by taking bribesand deprive the poor of justice in the courts.5:13 So those who are smart keep their mouths shut, for it is an evil time.––NLT
17585Sins of Injustice6:4 How terrible for you who sprawl on ivory beds and lounge on your couches, eating the meat of tender lambs from the flock and of choice calves fattened in the stall.6:5 You sing trivial songs to the sound of the harp and fancy yourselves to be great musicians like David.6:6 You drink wine by the bowlfuland perfume yourselves with fragrant lotions.You care nothing about the ruin of your nation.6:7 Therefore, you will be the first to be led away as captives. Suddenly, all your parties will end.––NLT
18585Amos 7:7-8 (NLT)"This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. 8And the LORD asked me, 'What do you see, Amos?' 'A plumb line,' I replied.Then the Lord said, "Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer."
19Amos 7:14 A Key Problem Passage "Then Amos replied to Amaziah, 'I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and a grower of sycamore figs'" (NAU)."Amos answered Amaziah, 'I was neither a prophet nor a prophet's son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees'" (NIV).
20A Key Problem Passage Amos 7:14 The most widely written about text in the entire book of Amos and one of the most disputed.Written in third personIs the Hebrew best rendered as past or present?Various suggestions have been made with regards to the debate:
21Tense in Amos 7:14 Is the past tense translation best? Is the present tense translation best?Is the Hebrew negative particle lo' ("not") an interrogative particle?Is the first particle lo' an emphatic negative?Such questions are based on modern role theories
22Literary Structure The text of Amos is well preserved 585Literary StructureThe text of Amos is well preservedIt falls into four parts:1:1–2:163:1–6:147:1–9:109:11-15
23585Theological ThemesDivine Sovereignty––Amos emphasizes God's rule over Israel's historyJudgment––Amos has the most material on judgment of any prophet, proportionallyIdolatry and Social Injustice––Amos' message of divine judgment is directed at these two particular areas
24585Theological ThemesThe Day of the LORD - Israel saw this as time of victory over her enemies, but Amos adds that Israel herself will be judgedGod's Word - Amos had confidence in the power of the divine word revealed through the prophets (3:1; 4:1; 5:1; 7:14-16; 8:12)
25Amos Applies the Mosaic Law Phrase or ConceptPentateuchal Reference1:1The words of AmosDeut. 1:11:9Remember covenantGen. 9:15; Exod. 2:24; 6:5; Lev. 26:42-452:4aKeep statutesExod. 15:26; Deut. 4:402:4bWalk afterDeut. 4:3; 11:28; 13:5 2:7Pervert justiceExod. 23:62:10; 9:7Brought you up from EgyptGen. 50:24; Exod. 3:82:10Inherit the landGen. 15:7; Num. 33:53; Deut. 2:313:1Hear this wordDeut. 4:1; 5:1; 6:43:7His servants the prophetsDeut. 34:5, 104:4Tithes every three days/yearsDeut. 14:28; 26:124:5Burn sacrificesLev. 1:9Leavened bread as a thank-offeringLev. 2:11; 7:12-15Freewill offeringsLev. 22:17-25LoveDeut. 6:54:6Return to YahwehDeut. 4:30; 30:24:9Blight and mildewDeut. 28:22Vineyards, olive treesDeut. 28:30, 39-404:10I sent a plague among youLev. 26:25; Deut. 28:204:12Prepare to meet your GodExod. 19:15-17
26Amos Applies the Mosaic Law Phrase or ConceptPentateuchal Reference4:13On the heights of the earthDeut. 32:135:4Seek YahwehDeut. 4:295:6Yahweh like a consuming fireDeut. 4:245:11Futility curse on housesDeut. 28:30aFutility curse on vineyardsDeut. 28:30b, 395:20Gloom as a covenant curseDeut. 28:29Accept offeringsLev. 1:4; 7:18; 19:7; 22:275:26Images that you fashioned for yourselvesExod. 20:4; 32:1, 23; Deut. 5:85:27Exile far from homeDeut. 28:36, 64-68; 29:27 6:1First of the nationsNum. 24:206:11; 9:9Yahweh is commandingExod. 34:11; Deut. 26:167:2Locusts eating the vegetation of the landExod. 10:12, 157:9Desolation & waste of high places & sanctuariesLev. 26:30-317:11, 17Exile away from the landDeut. 29:27 7:16Preach (drip)Deut. 32:28:4Needy and oppressedDeut. 15;11; 24:14-158:5Open the granariesGen. 41:56False weightsLev. 19:36; Deut. 25:148:9Noon is dark
27Amos Applies the Mosaic Law Phrase or ConceptPentateuchal Reference8:11FamineDeut. 28:48Scarcity of Yahweh's wordsDeut. 4:28-29; 32:209:8Destroy from the face of the landDeut. 28:109:12Over whom my name is pronounced9:15Land that I have given to themNum. 20:12, 24; 27:12Yahweh your GodGen. 27:20; Exod. 8:24 ; Lev. 11:44; Num. 10:9; Deut. 1:10––Source unknown
28"The time is surely coming," says the Sovereign LORD, "when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread or waterbut of hearing the words of the LORD.12People will stagger from sea to seaand wander from border to bordersearching for the word of the LORD,but they will not find it.13Beautiful girls and strong young menwill grow faint in that day,thirsting for the LORD's word.593Amos 8:11-13 NLT
29Can you restore a fallen tent? 593Can you restore a fallen tent?
30Amos 9:11-12 (NIV) "'In that day I will restore David's fallen tent. 593Amos 9:11-12 (NIV)"'In that day I will restore David's fallen tent. I will repair its broken places,restore its ruins,and build it as it used to be,12so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that bear my name,'declares the LORD, who will do these things."
31Amos 9:13 (NIV) “’The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, 593Amos 9:13 (NIV)“’The days are coming,’ declares the LORD,‘when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes.”
32Amos 9:13a (NIV) “ New wine will drip from the mountains 593Amos 9:13a (NIV)“ New wine will drip from the mountainsand flow from all the hills.”
33593Amos 9:14-15 (NIV)“I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine;they will make gardens and eat their fruit.15I will plant Israel in their own land,never again to be uprootedfrom the land I have given them,”says the LORD your God.
35593Amos 9:11-15Some critical scholars view this as a late insertions (no other elements of hope found in Amos)questioned whether Amos 9:11-15 is part of the original workinconsistent with the rest of the book, according to critical scholarsTo answer this objection, one key question must be answered on the "booth of David that is fallen" (v. 11)
36Applications Prosperous Christians must not wink at social injustice: 583ApplicationsProsperous Christians must not wink at social injustice:What social injustices so you see in your country's society?What responsibility does the church have to correct these wrongs?3. What is God telling you to do about a social inequity?
37Social Justice in the New Testament The NT has a lot to say about social injustice and abuse of the poorYou should not show favoritism in your treatment of rich and poor (1 Cor. 11:22; James 2:1-10)True religion requires that we care for the poor (James 1:27, 5:1-6)Jesus showed great concern for the needy
38Contrasting Hosea and Amos 590HOSEAAMOSProfessional Prophet (1:1)Nonprofessional Prophet (7:14)National from Israel (7:5)Missionary from Judah (1:1)Concern: Religious Idolatry (Worship)Concern: Social Injustice(Walk)Israel's UnfaithfulnessIsrael's InjusticeGod's FaithfulnessGod's JusticeGod's GraceGod's RighteousnessGod's Loyal Love (Hesed)God's JudgmentSympathetic ToneStern ToneCompassionate (11:1)Coarse (4:1)Difficult StructureSimple StructureIsrael Lacks KnowledgeIsrael Lacks Morality"Know God" (4:1, 6; 6:6)"Seek God" (5:4, 6)
39REVIEW QUIZ on Amos Amos prophesied during the reign of ________ II. Amos was a ______, not a prophet.Amos was from _____, but prophesied against _____.Amos used vivid imagery such as locusts, fire, and _________.
40REVIEW QUIZ on Amos Amos prophesied during the reign of Jeroboam II. Amos was a ______, not a prophet.Amos was from _____, but prophesied against _____.Amos used vivid imagery such as locusts, fire, and _________.
41REVIEW QUIZ on Amos Amos prophesied during the reign of Jeroboam II. Amos was a farmer, not a prophet.Amos was from _____, but prophesied against _____.Amos used vivid imagery such as locusts, fire, and _________.
42REVIEW QUIZ on Amos Amos prophesied during the reign of Jeroboam II. Amos was a farmer, not a prophet.Amos was from Judah, but prophesied against Israel.Amos used vivid imagery such as locusts, fire, and _________.
43REVIEW QUIZ on Amos Amos prophesied during the reign of Jeroboam II. Amos was a farmer, not a prophet.Amos was from Judah, but prophesied against Israel.Amos used vivid imagery such as locusts, fire, and plumb line.