The book of Amos begins with a series of eight prophetic oracles that pronounce judgment on the nations that surround Israel (1-2). The word “fire,” a symbol of judgment, often appears in this section, and as a map will show, the sequence of the seven nations gradually spirals in on the last nation, Israel. This “funnel of fire” demonstrates that the iniquities of these countries is full, and that judgment is unavoidable. In three sermons, each beginning with the phrase, “Hear this word” (3:1; 4:1; 5:1), Amos outlines the reasons for Israel’s coming overthrow. In spite of all that God has done, He tells them, “yet you have not returned to Me” (4:6, 8-11), and because of their refusal to turn to Him, He will send them into exile beyond Damascus (5:27).
READING of AMOS 2
Lord, may I listen responsively to Your Word with a heart to obey Your exhortations and walk in Your truth.
Meditation passage for today: verses 4, 6
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