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Amos

Author – Amos
Time – 765 to 750 B.C.

Summary – The book of Amos was written during a period of national optimism in the northern kingdom of Israel. King Jeroboam II was ruler, and politically and materially the northern kingdom rivalled the age of Solomon and David. Amos, a shepherd by trade, was called by God to pronounce judgement by denouncing Israelís luxurious living, idolatry, and moral depravity. Amos urges the people to repent before the judgements of God come upon them. "Seek God and live", was Amosí plea to the nation. He also foretells the dispersion of the Israelites, but points to a day when God would regather them in the land of their forefathers.

Judgements against the nations – Chapter 1 v 1 to 2 v 16
Passage
Subject
1 v 1 to 2 Superscription and proclamation
1 v 3 to 2 v 3 Indictment of neighbouring nations
2 v 4 to 5 Indictment of Judah
2 v 6 to 16 Indictment of Israel

Three discourses against Israel – Chapter 3 v 1 to 6 v 14
Passage
Subject
3 v 1 to15 A declaration of judgement
4 v 1 to 13 The depravity of Israel
5 v 1 to 6 v 14 A lamentation for Israelís sin and doom

Five visions of Israelís condition – Chapter 7 v 1 to 9 v 10
Passage
Subject
7 v 1 to 3 The devouring locusts
7 v 4 to 6 The flaming fire
7 v 7 to 17 The plumb line
8 v 1 to 14 The basket of ripe fruit
9 v 1 to 10 The Judgement of the Lord

The promise of Israelís restoration – Chapter 9 v 11 to 15

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