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A Study in Amos
The Read Scripture Series has a great 7 minute video that gives an excellent visual overview of Amos Watch & enjoy.
Introduction to Amos
Amos was not a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but a shepherd and husbandman, Amos 7:14.
He was conscious of an irresistible commission, Amos 3:8; Amos 7:15.
To this he bore witness when Amaziah, the high priest of idolatry, charged him with conspiracy.
God is sovereign and selects as His messengers whom He will. Tekoa, still known by that name, was situated on a noble elevation, six miles south of Bethlehem. From this Judean village Amos was sent on a prophetic mission into the land of Israel. Under the rule of Jeroboam II the nation had reached the high tide of power and prosperity, but corruption and oppression prevailed.
From Through the Bible Day by Day by F. B. Meyer
Chuck Swindoll has a 2 part podcast that explains Amos--who he was, how he answered the call of God, and how he stands as a model for the "non-pastor" or "non-preacher" common working everyday Christian today to not wait for someone else to do the work and share the Word He has called that "non-minister" to do.
Amos is not an easy read. It is most helpful if you have an outline of the history of Judah, Israel, Moab, Syria, Egypt, and other surrounding tribes and nations...
Amos was an older contemporary of Hosea and Isaiah and lived around 750 BC during the reign of Jeroboam II, (788–747 BC) making the Book of Amos the first biblical prophetic book written. Amos lived in the kingdom of Judah but preached in the northern kingdom of Israel. He was a shepherd and "fig picker" and did not claim to be a prophet, and in fact seemed to avoid that title. He bemoaned the corruption he saw at the very core of the culture of Israel, and by extension Judah... He spoke hard words but at the level of the common people, not the elite, and although not refined nor educated as a priest, was entirely dedicated to warning God's people and to take whatever came his way. Amos.