- Created on Friday, 28 January 2011 11:53
God's call for justice is the central theme of Amos. During this period of Israel's history, the people were wealthy and powerful (even religious!), yet they obtained all of this at the expense of others. The poor and outcasts of society were abused by the rich and corrupt upper class. During this time, God cried out for justice which meant to have fair scales, to care for the widow's, orphans and the outcasts of society, and to be generous with the less fortunate.
- Created on Friday, 21 January 2011 11:53
Amos is a book filled with fierce words of warning about God's coming judgment against the nations. The book opens with a series of judgments against the surrounding nations. In every case, to the Syrians, Edomites, Ammonites, Moabites, the people of Tyre, and even to the kingdom of Judah God said that he would send fire to destroy. For example, to Judah, "I will send fire upon Judah and burn down the fortresses of Jerusalem" (Amos 2:5).
- Created on Friday, 14 January 2011 11:53
There are many fascinating parallels between Jonah and Jesus. Both voluntarily plunged into the sea/grave in order to save others; both spent 3 days and nights in the depths of the sea/grave*; Jonah's prayer from the belly of the whale ("From deep in the belly of Sheol I cried for help... I thought I had been banished from your presence...") has close similarities to the experience of Jesus as described in many of the Messianic Psalms; both Jonah and Jesus experienced a "resurrection" from the sea/grave; after their "resurrection", Jonah preached that in 40 days Nineveh would be destroyed while Jesus was with the disciples for 40 days telling them about the Kingdom of God;
- Created on Tuesday, 03 June 2008 11:53
Here we cover the fascinating story of Jonah and Amos and ask the question: Is it possible that God would choose a prophet who doesn't even appreciate that He is a God of goodness and love? What does the book of Jonah tell us about God?
The book of Amos has scary parallels with our world today. This is an extremely relevant book for our time!
Bible study for the Loma Linda University School of Allied and Public Health, recorded April 28, 2008.
- Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2008 11:53
The book of Jonah is a message of mercy to "the enemy". This book says incredibly good things about God! The book of Amos presents a dramatic contrast between a rich and "religious people" and a poor society of outcasts. It is a message for our time and culture.