We know about Amos only from what he tells us: “I am not a prophet, nor am I a prophet’s son; but I am a shepherd, and a trimmer of sycamore trees” (7:14). No human credential or pedigree warrants God choosing him to be a prophet. Recall what Paul said: “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27).
Through the dark passage of pain for not living according to the Lord’s way, to the heights of contemplating God’s grandeur in 9:6, Amos lures his shepherd people back into believing in the promise of ultimate salvation and security in the Lord. Read and reread the promises of a restored Israel, culminating in the final verse.
Is there pain in your path? Amos will move you to hope in the victory in Jesus.
I’m sorry; please forgive me. 7:2
A plumb line hanging within 7:7
What is ruined is rebuilt. 9:14
Blooming where I am planted 9:15
For more about this way to pray, see “Daily Bible Breaths” in Resources.
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets,in this season the Minor Prophets.
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