The Prophecies of Amos

“God calls a lowly shepherd to prophesy against several nations, but principally against Israel.  Amos comes to Israel at a time when Jeroboam’s great military successes have brought unparalleled prosperity, and with it selfishness, greed, and immorality.  Although he comes to the center of calf worship at Bethel, he does not attack idolatry as such.  He concentrates instead on rebuking both Israel and Judah for the meaninglessness of their worship, whatever its form.  He calls for consistency in one’s religious exercises and daily ethical conduct, and cries out against a people who honor deity with their many sacrifices yet refuse justice and mercy to the oppressed and needy.”

Read: Amos 1, 2, 3 & 4

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.