- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Amos 3
Israel’s sinfulness and punishment.
Beginning chapter three, three witnesses against Israel’s sinfulness and punishment is prophesized, each with the same opening exhortation (3:1, 4:1, and 5:1). Chapter three expresses the necessity of impending judgement.
God chosen Israel and the privileges of being chosen create a greater responsibility because Israel has been favored by God above all the families of the earth. But Israel sinned against God and it caused her to be punished by God.(v3-6)
The neighboring nations are assembled to witness Israel’s chastisement (v.7-11), and disaster is going to come upon Israel.
Even though a few may be rescued from the catastrophe (v.12), prophet Amos felt burdened on the fate that will befall Israel. Just few of Israel will be left to show that it once existed. Amos prophesize the destruction of Israel’s holy place at Bethel and palace(v14-15)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?