- 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 7
Five visions of God’s judgement, and a prophecy of restoration.
The concluding section of the book of Amos, 7:1-9:15, is composed of five visions of judgement and prophecy of restoration.
The first three visions in chapter 7 are judgement by locusts, judgement by fire, and judgement by plumb line. The first two judgements are halted when Amos pleads, which express the character of God, compassionate and merciful. God changes by the plea of Amos. The judgement by the plumb line indicates that the people of Israel are found warped beyond correction, and God decrees an irrevocable sentence of judgement.
Amos was confronted by the priest of Bethel, Amaziah. Bethel was the capital city of the Northern Israel. Amaziah was the official priest of the royal sanctuary in Bethel. In contrast to Amaziah’s official position as priest, Amos was not. He asserted that he was no a professional prophet or a member of a prophetic guild, but a layman whom the Lord sent him to prophesy to his people.
His statement reveals that God calls for people whomever God wants call, to speak for God, to prophesize.
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?