Amos, Bite-Sized Exegesis, Old Testament, Sermons and Lessons

“We Must Not Mention the Name of the LORD” – Amos 6:9-11

Even after the destruction of Samaria, Amos is depicting the Israelites as not only not returning to God but actively avoiding turning to God out of Genesis 3-like fear. Rather than turning to God, those with wicked and foolish hearts look at their sufferings, which they brought on themselves by their own wickedness and foolishness, and they blame God.

Amos, Bite-Sized Exegesis, Old Testament, Sermons and Lessons

I Despise the Excellence of Jacob – Amos 6:7-8

Whatever strength you feel you possess that you can boast in, God does not think much of it. God is not against your strengths and talents, but when you rely on them rather than on him to secure and defend your prosperity, God says that all your excellence, all that in which you would take pride, is nothing next to his power. Your mighty fortress will not secure you against his justice.

Amos, Bite-Sized Exegesis, Old Testament, Sermons and Lessons

Ignoring the Evil Day – Amos 6:3-6

There was a willfulness to the ignorance of the wealthy Israelite elite. It is not simply that they were unaware of the problems of their people and of their time. The evidence was all around them, as Amos had been pointing out, yet they were refusing to acknowledge that evidence, choosing instead to live in a constructed reality that was favorable to them. They only saw their own wealth and apparent safety, because that was all they wanted to see.