Amos pronounces judgment on Israel’s enemies, before delivering the main burden of judgment against Israel herself. His courageous and unusually stern prophesy was issued primarily at Bethel, the seat of idolatry in the northern kingdom. He attacks Satan’s stronghold, Bethel, and when he is opposed by the idolatrous priest, Amaziah, becomes even bolder in his preaching. Amos was God’s messenger to call the nation Israel to become responsible and accountable to the national sins she had committed against God.
1:1-2 Judgments on Israel’s neighbors
1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam
the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. 2 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations…
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