Minor Prophets – Message of Amos

Minor Prophet - AmosMinor Prophets – Amos

Minor Prophets – Amos

  • Hosea – Called to marry a prostitute who represented God loving an unfaithful Israel
  • Joel – Future day of the Lord and the restoration to Israel through their repentance

 

Amos

  • Prophesied (767 – 753BC)
  • Grew up in the town of Tekoa – 10 miles south of Jerusalem
  • Amos was a shepherd and he grew sycamore figs
Map of Israel & Judah Map of Assyria about 890BC

First 2 Chapters

Oracles of calamities coming upon Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Judah and Israel

Amos 2:6-7

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Israel,
even for four, I will not relent.
They sell the innocent for silver,
and the needy for a pair of sandals.
They trample on the heads of the poor
as on the dust of the ground
and deny justice to the oppressed.”

God gives Amos two Pictures:

  • Plumb Line
  • Basket of ripe fruit

First in Amos 7:7-8:

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. And 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.

Then next in Amos 8:1-2:

This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. “What do you see, Amos?” he asked.

                “A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered.

Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.”

Finally:

  • The last five verses talk about God’s restoration plans

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE WORD OF GOD DOES NOT HAVE THE EFFECT YOU WANT?

Know this:

  • Not everyone will listen
  • Some will get angry at you
  • Always right to share the Word of God

Let’s look at what is making God so upset with the people of Israel

  • God’s anger at injustice

Amos 4:1

Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria,
you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy
and say to your husbands, “Bring us some drinks!”

Amos 5:10-12

 10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court
and detest the one who tells the truth.

11 You levy a straw tax on the poor
and impose a tax on their grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,
you will not live in them;
though you have planted lush vineyards,
you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know how many are your offenses
and how great your sins.

Amos 8:4-6

Hear this, you who trample the needy
and do away with the poor of the land,

saying,

  “When will the New Moon be over
that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended
that we may market wheat?”—

skimping on the measure,
boosting the price
and cheating with dishonest scales,
buying the poor with silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

 

God plans on holding people accountable for their ill treatment of others

 

A constant message throughout the Bible is to help those in need

1 John 3:17

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”

Let’s look at what is making God so upset with the people of Israel:

  • God’s anger at injustice
  • God’s disdain for hypocritical lives

Amos 5:21-24

21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,

I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!

God originally created us to…

  • Love
  • Serve
  • Look after each other
  • Look out for one another’s needs
  • Lift up one another
  • Help each other

 

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Minor Prophets – Message of Joel

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Minor Prophets – Joel

 

To The Mountain Top Locusts

Joel 2:11

The day of the Lord is great;
it is dreadful.
Who can endure it?

There is nothing anyone can do to stop this future army, with the exception of One thing:

  • Repent
  • Fast
  • Turn your hearts to God

Joel 2:12-16

12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

13 “Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.

14 Who knows? He may turn and relent
and leave behind a blessing—
grain offerings and drink offerings
for the Lord your God.

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
declare a holy fast,
call a sacred assembly.
16 Gather the people,
consecrate the assembly”

                Why does God allow us to face hard times?

Joel 2:19 

The Lord replied to them:

 “I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil,
enough to satisfy you fully;
never again will I make you
an object of scorn to the nations.

Here is the truth:

God loves blessing His children!

Joel 2:28-32

28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.

29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved

Some of the most familiar apocalyptic phrases are found in Joel:

  • Pour out His Spirit on all people
  • Miracles will once again flow
  • Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

Joel 3:1-2

 “In those days and at that time,
when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather all nations
and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

There I will put them on trial
for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered my people among the nations
and divided up my land.

Joel 3:17-18

17 “Then you will know that I, the Lord your God,
dwell in Zion, my holy hill.
Jerusalem will be holy;
never again will foreigners invade her.

18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine,
and the hills will flow with milk;
all the ravines of Judah will run with water.
A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house
and will water the valley of acacias”

 

Genuine repentance has to do with a heart change

Genuine repentance:

  • The Bible commands it
  • Our wickedness demands it
  • Justice requires it
  • Jesus preached it
  • God expects it

 

Three parts to genuine repentance:

  • Conviction
  • Broken heartedness
  • Recognizing the need to change

               

“God is near the broken hearted”

  • Psalms 34:18

 

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Message of Hosea

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Minor Prophets – Hosea

Hosea 1:1

“The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel”

Map of IsraelHosea 1:2

“When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim”

They have three kids:

  • Kid 1 – Jezreel – Soon punish the house of Jehu
  • Kid 2 – Lo-Ruhamal – No compassion
  • Kid 3 – Lo-Ammi – Not my people

Hosea 3:1-3

“The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

”So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”

God’s call to Hosea parallels one of the biggest themes of the Bible:

  • God created man
  • Man rebelled against God
  • God paid the price for mankind

Seven mini sermons:

  • Listing of sins
  • The pronouncement of judgment
  • The call to repentance
  • The promise of restoration

 

THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR GETTING OUTSIDE OF GOD’S PLAN

Galatians 5:22

”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

               

Hosea 6:6

“For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

This is God’s desire with us:

  • Relationship is more important than obedience
  • God is not looking for programmed robots

THIS IS CHRISTIANITY:

  • To learn to lovingly walk in relationship with God
  • To choose Him over any other option available

Hosea 11:1-4

 “When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
But the more they were called,
the more they went away from me.
They sacrificed to the Baals
and they burned incense to images.
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the arms;

 but they did not realize
it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
a little child to the cheek,
and I bent down to feed them.”

Hosea 11:8-9

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within me;
all my compassion is aroused.

 9 I will not carry out my fierce anger,
nor will I devastate Ephraim again.
For I am God, and not a man—
the Holy One among you.
I will not come against their cities.

 

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